Oaklawn Psychiatric Center is the only faith-based provider for comprehensive mental health and addictions services for children, adolescents, adults and seniors in St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties. Our range of services includes residential, inpatient and outpatient services, intensive outpatient programs, and a variety of community-based case management and supportive programs for all ages. You can find out more about us by watching our video.

Oaklawn’s philosophy is to treat the whole person—mind, body, and spirit.  This commitment, along with our faith-based heritage, our excellent staff of 875, our therapeutic environment, and our innovative treatment programs, provide a unique foundation for healing and hope.

Our Mission: With uncommon expertise in mental health and addiction services, Oaklawn joins with individuals, families and our community on the journey toward health and wholeness.

Our Vision: To help people live in harmony with self, others and God, through healing and growth of the whole person.

Our Values:

  • Compassion
  • Intergrity
  • Human Dignity
  • Professional Expertise
  • Community Partnerships

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Benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off (PTO), tuition reimbursement, 403b retirement plan, short and long-term disability

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Mental Health Technician

Salary range: 

  • 1st & 3rd shift positions start at $13.34 based on documented prior experience.
  • 2nd shift positions start at $14.34.
  • Extensive paid training is provided.

Start date(s): Positions available now

Job Description: Mental health technicians (MHTs) at Oaklawn’s Mishawaka Campus, provide direct care to youth in a 24/7 residential facility. Youth come to Oaklawn because they face behavioral, emotional or developmental challenges. Sometimes, these challenges are severe, but we believe that recovery is always possible. Oaklawn provides a therapeutic environment for youth to address their challenges, with the ultimate goal of reintegrating with their home communities. MHTs are an important and valuable part of the treatment team, and primary duties include:

  • Helping youth maintain daily routines
  • Teaching skills and providing support as youth learn healthy ways to cope and relate with others
  • Creating a therapeutic environment that facilitates healing

MHTs work with other members of the treatment team, including care facilitators, skills trainers, therapists, nurses, a psychiatrist, a primary care doctor, supervisors, a chaplain and others, to ensure the plan of care for each youth is followed. MHTs help observe the youth’s behavior and patterns, providing documentation and recording necessary data. They maintain appropriate, professional and therapeutic relationships with youth. They may also interact with families, significant others and social services representatives.

Common behaviors our programs address include: complex mental health challenges, conduct disorders, trauma-induced behaviors, substance use, self-harming behaviors, sexually maladaptive behaviors, runaway risk, suicide ideation, involvement with the court system, problems with authority, poor boundaries, intellectual and developmental delays, depression, anxiety and unsafe/unmanageable behaviors.

Travel expectations: With a valid driver’s license-may be responsible for transporting youth to/from activities, outings, home, etc.

Work Hours:

  • 1st shift: 6:30am-2:45pm
  • 2nd shift: 2:30pm-10:45pm
  • 3rd shift: 10:30pm-6:45am
  • Weekender, part-time, and PRN positions also available

Candidate Qualifications:

  • At least 21 years of agr
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license preferred

Case Management 

Salary range: Starts at $15.50 based on experience; eligible for .50 productivity bonus

Start date(s): Positions available now

Job Description: Care facilitators and skills trainers help youth, adolescents, and adults in our community live healthier and more fulfilling lives. They manage the care provided to clients, help them gain access to needed services and teach skills necessary for clients to achieve their goals.

Primary responsibilities may include:

  • Determining the need for services (medical, social, education, etc.) by completing an initial assessment
  • Developing a specific treatment plan that supports the client’s goals
  • Helping the client obtain needed services, such as food or housing assistance, medical care, Social Security benefits, transportation, skills training, etc.
  • Providing one-on-one skills training, focusing on skills such as medication and symptom management, health and household management, coping strategies, interpersonal relationships and more
  • Helping clients put their newly-learned skills into practice through assigned work and encouragement
  • Following up with the client and evaluating the plan to ensure it is meeting goals
  • Advocating for the client and serving as a link between the court, healthcare providers, employers, community agencies and other Oaklawn services
  • Supporting clients and their families to help them live successfully in the community/least restrictive environment
  • Managing information within a multidisciplinary team
  • Documenting all client interaction electronically
  • Other duties as assigned

Care facilitators and skills trainers interact directly with clients. The frequency varies with need, availability of the client and the level of intensity, but usually ranges from several times per week to weekly and may include availability in the evenings and weekends. Care facilitators and skills trainers also interact frequently with outpatient therapists, physicians, other employees involved in the case, community agencies, referrals sources and other services. Caseload expectations will take into account training; case complexity, level of frequency and/or other assigned duties.

We offer competitive compensation, a full benefits package and career advancement opportunities.

Travel expectations: May be traveling in the community to meet clients.

Work Hours: Varies based on position. Adult population tends to be 8-5 weekday hours, while child & adolescent may require evening or weekend work. All positions have an expectation of a 40-hour work week.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • BA/BS required (BA/BS in social service or a human services-related field preferred)
  • Two years’ experience in a social service setting preferred
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance

Social Worker/Therapist 

Salary range: $35,000-$43,000/year

Start date(s): Positions available now

Licensure: Can start with pending temporary license application

Job Description: Social workers/Therapists help children, families and adults in our community move toward health and wholeness through providing individual, family or group therapy.

Will provide psychosocial assessments and therapy for diverse populations, including children, youth, adolescents, adults and families.  Options for individual, group and family therapy.  Will work with an experienced and multi-disciplinary team that values cultural competency and trauma-informed care. 

Primary duties include:

  • Assessing and diagnosing clients
  • Creating treatment plans specific to the client’s goals, strengths and weaknesses
  • Providing individual, family or group therapy interventions that take into account the client’s strengths, weaknesses and preferences
  • Providing crisis intervention and assessing risk factors of harm to self or others
  • Referring to alternative or supportive services based on the client’s needs
  • Providing timely electronic clinical documentation
  • Consulting and supervision with other clinicians
  • Working collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Assisting in training and orientation of others
  • Other duties as assigned

Travel expectations: None

Work Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5; possibility of some evening work

Candidate Qualifications:

  • LSW, LMHCA, LMFTA eligible; LCSW, LMHC, LMFT preferred.
  • Three years of experience in social service setting highly recommended.