Terri Dickens, LCSW

Terri has experience in a variety of roles, in Eastern Oregon.  She has served as  child Development Specialist, a School Psychologist, and Director of Early Childhood Special Education for 7 counties in Eastern Oregon.   Has been involved in the start up of 4 behaviorally oriented school programs, one that transitioned into what is now Lifeways Day Treatment for Children.   She has experience assessing children from birth thru 21 for Developmental and learning challenges and behavioral conditions and for helping to build plans for success with the child’s team, including parents.   She is experienced in working with a multidisciplinary team,  Spanish and sign language interpreters occupational and physical therapists, teaching staff, speech and language therapists, psychiatrists, mental health therapists as well as professionals from a variety of different agencies in the communities she worked in.
She was clinical director for a mental health clinic and served as the quality Assurance Manager for the same clinic while seeing a full caseload of clients, in order to forgive student loans.  She then worked for Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Incorporated in Care Management, Utilization Management and Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care.   She was the Project Director for a Federal Grant promoting Mental Health in schools for Intermountain Education Service District, where she worked for 16 years.
Although she has lived in many places and served in the U.S. Army, Terri was born in Grant County, Oregon.   She is a client centered, strength based therapist, and believes in client voice and choice as well as understanding the myriad of circumstances that affect people’s medical and emotional conditions and the effects on care, making primary team based care a perfect fit for her.
In order to see the Behavioral Health Care Manager, a patient must have established care with the clinic (must have received care in the previous year). The model includes short term interventions for a variety of behavioral and lifestyle issues, referrals to more specialized mental health services when needed and wanted.   We know that most people with a behavioral health concern will receive no treatment, for a variety of reasons.  Having behavioral health care in the clinic allows the care team to address any existing issue, if the patient so desires.  Most patients see the Behavioral Health Care Manager only one or two times for issues that would not traditionally be appropriate for specialty mental health.   These may include, grief, health coaching for diabetes or asthma, sleep issues, after starting a medication for anxiety or depression  or for  child behavioral consults.   The model is more like dental care, in that you may receive a periodic check up to maintain health, instead of waiting until a problem requires intensive treatment. The visits inform the care of the primary care provider, and are conducted at their request, so that care is more coordinated.
Visits and screening instruments are available in Spanish as well as English.   Trained interpreters are available for all appointments.