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Occupational Report for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (21-1023) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Employment Outlook for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers There are 79 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Social Work Specialist (Tobacco Treatment Specialist) 10/19/14 Portland
Mental Health Specialist 2 - Temporary; Part-Time 10/17/14 Happy Valley $25.63/hr to $32.54/hr DOE
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 10/17/14 Portland
Behavioral Health Specialist II - Bridge Program (2014-00110) 10/16/14 Bend $4,188/mo to $5,733/mo DOE
Clinical Services Coordinator 10/16/14 Eugene $45,000/yr to $50,000/yr
Lifeways- (Temporary) Mental Health Specialist II 10/15/14 Ontario DOE
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 10/15/14 Portland
Licensed Mental Health Therapist 10/14/14 Klamath Falls $43,346/yr to $62,519/yr
Mental Health Therapist Intensive Outpatent Program-On Call 10/14/14 Portland
Outpatient Behavioral Health Licensed Therapist-Eating Disorders Program 10/14/14 Portland
Outreach Mental Health Worker (15-13) 10/13/14 Portland $20.00/hr
Team Lead 10/13/14 Gresham $41,000/yr to $44,200/yr
Mental Health Therapist - #1621 10/9/14 Tigard $15.50/hr to $17.00/hr DOE
Peer Support Specialist - job #1660 10/9/14 Gresham $12.00/hr to $13.00/hr DOE
Mental Health Therapist/LCSW - #1721 10/9/14 Beaverton $17.00/hr to $20.00/hr DOE
Psychiatric Case Manager - Job #1722 10/9/14 Portland DOE
Mental Health Therapist - #1723 10/9/14 Portland $16.28/hr to $19.00/hr DOE
Child Milieu Counselor - #1724 10/9/14 Tigard $13.54/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Child and Family Clinician 10/9/14 Astoria DOE, Neg.
LPC or LCSW (QMHP) 10/9/14 Astoria DOE, Neg.
Supported Employment Specialist 10/9/14 Saint Helens $32,334/yr
Behavioral Health Specialist I - Wraparound Team, (#2014-00103) 10/8/14 Bend $3,526/mo to $4,827/mo DOE
Manager, Care Advocacy - Assessment and Triage 10/7/14 Portland
Qualified Mental Health Associate 10/3/14 John Day $15.00/hr to $18.75/hr DOE
Mental Health Specialist 2 (CSAP) - # 103138 10/3/14 Oregon City $25.63/hr to $32.54/hr DOE
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Job Openings from the Web for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 112 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Evening Co-Occurring Disorders Program Therapist Position 10/18/14 Portland Cedar Hills Hospital
CLINICAL SUPERVISOR /THERAPIST 10/18/14 Grants Pass Options for Southern Oregon
Mental Health Specialist 2 Mobile Crisis Screener 10/17/14 Salem Marion County
MENTAL HEALTH CLINICAL SUPERVISOR/CHILD & FAMILY 10/17/14 Madras
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 10/16/14 Portland Unitedhealth Group
Social Work Specialist (Tobacco Treatment Specialist) 10/16/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Behavioral Health Specialist II - Bridge Program (2014-00110) 10/16/14 Bend
Mental Health Therapist Intensive Outpatent Program-On Call 10/15/14 Portland Kaiser Permanente
Mental Health & Addictions Counselor - Recovery Housing Support Program (15-18) 10/15/14 Portland
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 10/15/14 Portland Unitedhealth Group
Mental Health Therapist (Eastman Parkway) 10/15/14 Gresham Kaiser Permanente
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST 10/15/14 Klamath Falls KLAMATH TRIBAL HEALTH & FAMILY S
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 10/14/14 Portland Unitedhealth Group
Psychiatric Social Worker (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) 10/14/14 Pendleton Oregon Health Authority
Psychiatric Social Worker (limited Duration) 10/14/14 Salem State of Oregon
Psychiatric Social Worker (Salem and Portland) 10/14/14 State of Oregon
Team Leader - Inpatient Mental Health LPC & LCSW - Gresham OR 10/14/14 Gresham Telecare Corporation
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 10/14/14 Portland Unitedhealth Group
Behavioral Health Public Sector Care Advocate - Multiple locations 10/13/14 Portland Unitedhealth Group
Outreach Mental Health Worker (15-13) 10/13/14 Portland
Team Lead 10/13/14 Gresham
Behavioral Health Consultant 10/13/14 Portland Kaiser Permanente
APP - License Clinical Social Worker 10/13/14 Asante Physician Partners
Psychiatric Social Worker (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) 10/13/14 Pendleton Oregon Health Authority
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - Multiple Locations 10/13/14 Portland Unitedhealth Group
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Wages for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $13.96 $16.51 $19.94 $25.97 $32.60 $21.71 $45,167
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 15.72 17.03 19.23 22.24 24.05 19.66 40,882
Multnomah / Washington 14.29 16.30 19.02 24.52 35.16 21.73 45,195
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 16.29 18.04 23.46 26.68 29.58 22.82 47,470
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 13.47 15.63 19.06 28.26 33.43 21.80 45,351
Lane 13.00 14.73 17.39 21.80 31.76 19.42 40,400
Coos / Curry 15.22 17.68 20.54 23.55 28.78 21.07 43,835
Jackson / Josephine 13.89 19.32 24.29 28.45 32.61 23.62 49,145
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 16.22 17.54 20.57 27.27 32.71 22.49 46,785
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 22.06 24.92 27.70 31.28 36.08 28.21 58,665
Klamath / Lake 11.69 15.87 17.64 20.05 22.24 17.57 36,547
Morrow / Umatilla 19.10 20.71 24.34 24.78 31.07 23.94 49,779
Clackamas 12.37 13.41 16.15 20.61 26.44 18.01 37,465
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Regional Employment Projections for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,172 2,555 383 17.6% 38 46 84
Multnomah / Washington 1,017 1,251 234 23.0% 23 22 45
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 298 322 24 8.1% 2 6 8
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 167 190 23 13.8% 2 4 6
Lane 163 204 41 25.2% 4 4 8
Jackson / Josephine 130 148 18 13.8% 2 3 5
Clackamas 79 93 14 17.7% 1 2 3
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 71 79 8 11.3% 1 2 3
Baker / Union / Wallowa 58 65 7 12.1% 1 1 2
Klamath / Lake 50 54 4 8.0% 0 1 1
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 36 43 7 19.4% 1 1 2
Grant / Harney / Malheur 33 37 4 12.1% 0 1 1
Douglas 31 34 3 9.7% 0 1 1
Coos / Curry 25 27 2 8.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 23 26 3 13.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 16 16 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,172
Total All Industries Private 1,594
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 49
Educational Services Private 39
Other Schools and Instruction Private 39
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 1,499
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 324
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 142
Outpatient Care Centers Private 172
Hospitals Private 98
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 85
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 490
Residential Intellectual & Developmental Disability, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse Facilities Private 440
Other Residential Care Facilities Private 46
Social Assistance Private 587
Individual and Family Services Private 482
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services Private 85
Total All Industries State 85
Health Care and Social Assistance State 41
Hospitals State 34
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals State 34
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 38
Total All Industries Local 487
Health Care and Social Assistance Local 40
Ambulatory Health Care Services Local 18
Outpatient Care Centers Local 18
Social Assistance Local 22
Individual and Family Services Local 22
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 437
Educational Requirements for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers The typical entry level education for this occupation is a Master's degree.
Skills for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Access Social Service Resource Providers
  • Advocate For Clients
  • Apply Active Listening Techniques
  • Apply Confidentiality Procedures
  • Apply Counseling Techniques
  • Apply Cultural And Religious Awareness
  • Apply Current Social Research
  • Apply Group Psychology Principles
  • Apply Institutional Care Procedures
  • Apply Intervention Techniques
  • Apply Mediation Techniques
  • Apply Psychological Assessment Tools
  • Apply Psychology Theory
  • Apply Teaching Techniques
  • Chart Clients' Personal Data
  • Collect Client Data
  • Communicate With Children And Adults
  • Determine Program Status
  • Develop And Deliver Substance Abuse Assistance Programs Including Assessment, Intervention, Education Workshops, And Seminars
  • Empathize With Other While Providing Counseling Or Related Services
  • Interpret Psychological Test Results
  • Manage Detailed Case Records In A Social Work Setting
  • Observe Patients, Report Patients' Condition And Responses To Treatment
  • Obtain And Process Urine Samples For Drug Testing
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Participate In Treatment Team Meetings
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Provide Emotional Support To Social Services Clients
  • Recognize Home Safety Hazards As Part Of Health Care Services
  • Recognize Physical And Emotional Abuse
  • Recognize Symptoms Of Drug And Alcohol Abuse
  • Refer Clients And Patients To Community Services
  • Relate To Clients' Socioeconomic Conditions
  • Resolve Conflicts
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Correct Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling
  • Use Interviewing Techniques
  • Use Principles Of Group Dynamics
  • Work As A Team Member
  • Work With Persons With Mental Disabilities And Illnesses
Schools and Training Providers for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Concordia University-Portland
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211-6099
Phone: (503) 288-9371
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Ave
Portland, OR 97215-4026
Phone: (503) 517-1000
Programs of Training:
George Fox University
414 N Meridian St
Newberg, OR 97132
Phone: (503) 538-8383
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 725-4433
Programs of Training:
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone: (877) 722-8648
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
University of Portland
5000 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203-5798
Phone: (503) 943-7911
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Lane Community College
Rogue Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Marriage And Family Therapists 65%
Mental Health Counselors 63%
Social Workers, All Other 61%
Counselors, All Other 60%
Community And Social Service Specialists, All Other 60%
Substance Abuse And Behavioral Disorder Counselors 58%
Child, Family, And School Social Workers 58%
Healthcare Social Workers 56%
Probation Officers And Correctional Treatment Specialists 48%
Rehabilitation Counselors 43%