Caroline Kobin, MSW, LCSW, QMHP, Certified MediatorMy services fill a niche! I provide Family and Individual services to adults with Developmental Disabilities and Multi-Axial Diagnoses. Currently, my caseload averages twenty Clients, most of whom are members of the Oregon Health Plan. My referrals have come from Vocational Rehabilitation and the Brokerage Developmental Disability System. I have found that these Clients often have Dual Diagnoses and Mental Health needs that are not addressed through Developmental Disability Supports. They struggle to find ongoing counseling or therapy due to qualified providers being full, or agencies not being equipped to handle their needs.
1. What are your credentials?
I have been providing Behavioral Health Support to the Developmental Disability Community since 2000.
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2. Where is your practice located?
I currently serve Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties. I provide accommodation for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by offering a mobile service to ensure Clients and their Families are able to participate in counseling. Client files and records are maintained in a secured physical office.
3. What types of mental health services do you provide?
4. Do you belong to any panels?
I am also registered with the Council for Affordable Quality Health Care (CAQH). Provider number: #13593817.
5. Do you work with a specialty populations and/or members with special healthcare needs?
I specialize in providing Solution-Focused, Culturally Competent and Outcome-Based Mental Health Services to Adults (and their Families) with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Diagnoses. Many of my Clients have Multi-Axial Diagnoses, are from low income families and/or cultural or ethnic minorities. Many of these people are on Public Health Care and are unable to successfully access Cascadia, Lifeworks and Western Psychological due to their Disabilities or Mental Health Diagnoses. As a result, their Mental Health needs are neglected and they become isolated. High Provider turnover at clinics negatively impacts continuity of care and empathy/trust-building. I provide steady, ongoing Behavioral Health Care to help these under-served people stay independent in their homes and the community.
6. What makes your service unique?
I have formal training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and I modify it for use with people with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health diagnoses. I am trained in Positive Behavioral Reinforcement. I utilize Rogerian Strengths-Based Intervention, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, and Minuchin Structural Family Therapy. I utilize Art Therapy and create skill appropriate Visual Communication Boards for Clients.
Utilizing a mobile office, I meet clients in their natural environments. As a result, I see increased engagement and better retention rates as well as more efficient trust-building. In turn, Clients become more independent and their Family Systems experience outcome-based results in a more timely manner than when in an office. I work with my dog, Fizzgig, providing Animal Assisted Interventions to Clients with sensory issues.I regularly refer my Clients to my professional network; a Clinical Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Autism, a Visual/Occupational therapist utilizing the Irlen intervention technique to reduce visual stimulation for people with sensory sensitivities and I work with a number of doctors who specialize in treating patients with ID/DD and co-morbidity.
My diverse and extensive background is in Developmental Disability Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Mediation Skills. I provide a well-rounded and holistic service to both Urban and Rural Clients and their Families.
I incorporate advocacy efforts and innovative, culturally relevant techniques into my practice. I am a founder of the Oregon Behavioral Consultant Coalition, a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), a practitioner of the Ordinary Mind Zen School of Meditation. My article, "Thematic Analysis of Hip-Hop: Can Hip-Hop in Therapy Facilitate Empathic Connections when Working with Clients in Urban Settings?" was published in the Journal of Arts and Psychotherapy in 2006.