Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Notice

UPDATE (4/03/23): Dirkse CC recognizes the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Clients, staff, and community members are not required to wear a face-covering or mask while navigating office space or in the office’s common areas. However, wearing a face mask can be requested during an office visit. Oregon Health Authority does suggest people at high risk of severe disease and hospitalization, especially in communities with higher levels of transmission, continue to wear masks in healthcare settings.

Assisting clients through their challenges in employment

Job Coach Spotlight:
Alexandra Swanson

Supported Employment is a field where social services, psychology, and behavioral health all intersect. Job coaches at Dirkse entered this profession with…

This month we chatted with Job Coach Talia, who has been with Dirkse for two years, all while completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology!

Parents of Neurodivergent Children: Psychoeducation Group

New to learning how to navigate the waters of a neurodivergent diagnosis in your family? You don’t have to do it alone — we’ve got you.

For more information on this group, contact

Late Diagnosis Autism Support Group

Allie has been hard at work creating new opportunities for individuals to come together and find support through their experiences and those of others in their community. The group will meet every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Contact for more information. 

In-house Training with Allie & Chris on Mental Health Conditions Impacting IDD Communities

Dirkse is thrilled to have expertise on staff to blend vocational, counseling, and evaluation services to our community.

Recently, counseling associates Allie Patton and Chris Perry provided in-house training for a local community partner on the intersection of mental health and co-occurring conditions impacting individuals with IDD. Both specialize in providing therapy to the neurodivergent population. Allie also conducts evaluation services for Autism and ADHD for young adults and older.

Looking for a second job when the first one did not go as planned can be daunting, but the right support and right attitude can really bring out the best in us. Natthapong “Guitar” Inthisorn was working with a job developer to help him find a good fit position but needed reassurance that he would not go through the process alone. His job developer knew of an opportunity at a local cafe

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