Job title: CULTURAL HEALING CLINICAL LEAD – BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Company: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Location: Juneau, AK
CULTURAL HEALING CLINICAL LEAD – BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Job Details:
SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.
Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
This position specializes in developing, promoting, and providing relevant Alaska Native culturally based therapeutic healing activities, including individual and group counseling services for clients of all ages experiencing behavioral, emotional, mental, and substance use related disorders. This postion also performs additional clinical services such as intake/diagnostic evaluations, case evaluation, case management, and crisis intervention; as well as acts as a liaison with other agencies as required for continuity of care. This position is a memeber of an interdisciplinary treatment team and ensures proper timely documentation and maintenance of clinical records in accordance with established SEARHC policies and procedures and insurance billing requirements. The clinican ensures that established productivity standards are followed and maintained. Where applicable, based upon location, this position is available for after-hours in person crisis interventions.
This position adheres to the organization mission: “Alaska Native people working in partnership to provide the best healthcare to our communities,” by providing Alaska Native culturally responsive substance use and behavioral health support and interventions to individuals, groups, and families by incorporating traditional knowledge and traditional values into the substance abuse treatment milieu.
- Works collaboratively with clinical staff and consultants to provide culturally appropriate ceremonies and/or events that promote healing from behavioral, emotional, mental and substance use disorders.
- Must be knowledgeable of different therapeutic methods and be able to switch between different approaches to meet each individual’s needs
- Ability to work collaboratively with other community agencies on behalf of clients and/or SEARHC.
- Must have excellent communication skills, specifically the ability to communicate with children and families of different ages and from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Clinicians maintain records necessary for rendering professional services to their clients and as required by laws, regulations, and agency or institution procedures. In accordance with SEARHC policy and procedure, clinicians include sufficient and timely documentation in the record that facilitates the effective delivery and continuity of needed services. Clinicians take reasonable steps to ensure that documentation in records accurately reflects client progress and services and ensures that SEARHC can bill accurately for services provided to client in accordance with state, federal, and insurance rules, laws and regulations. Qualified clinicians may be asked to supervise less experienced clinicians. This position is a covered position in accordance with the Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA).
Sign-on and Relocation Bonus: Bachelor’s Degree: $29.79-$40.99 / Master’s Degree in Counseling: – $31.98-$44.19 / Licensed Counselor:$34.16-$47.38
- Provides groups and education opportunities to enhance services through Alaska Native cultural practices.
- Mentors, coaches, encourages, and supports other behavioral health staff in Alaska Native traditional healing practices.
- Consults with clinical staff to include cultural recommendations in the treatment planning process.
- Provide screening, assessment, diagnoses, treatment planning, direct therapy, continuing care, care coordination, client advocacy, and discharge planning for individuals/families.
- Facilitate or co-facilitate group therapy, skills development classes, and psych-education groups.
- Prepare, review, and modify treatment plans per state requirements.
- Provide crisis intervention services.
- Perform case management, use tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment within established guidelines.
- Maintain timely, complete, and accurate records per SEARHC policy and as required by laws, regulations, agency, and/or institutional procedures, including federal (HRSA & CMS), state (DHSS/DBH), accrediting bodies (TJC) and insurance company requirements.
- Maintain all records and client information in a confidential manner according to SEARHC policy.
- Prepare, review, and modify treatment plans per state requirements.
- Coordinate and professionally collaborate with internal SEARHC departments and outside community social service resources to assure appropriate services are utilized for optimum client care.
- Attends scheduled staff trainings/meetings and helps staff integrate new information/practices into delivery of treatment services.
- Licensed professionals are responsible for knowing the regulations of the state for which they are working.
- Depending upon community location, provide on call coverage as assigned and assistance in BH programs across the Behavioral Health Department.
- Preferred: Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or related discipline from an accredited educational institution.
- Will accept: Bachelor’s degree in a like field, with 3 years’ work experience in Alaska Native culturally based healing activities.
License and Certification
- Licensed as Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Professional Counselor (LPC) or Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) strongly preferred. Once licensure is obtained it is a requirement to keep it current for the duration of employment.
- Valid State of Alaska Driver’s License or can be obtained within 6 months of hire.
- Alaska State Chemical Dependency Counselor I or MAC certificate or equivalent preferred.
- Clinicians who are not yet licensed will receive clinical supervision for chemical dependency and mental health services focused on providing the appropriate delivery of twelve core functions: Screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, therapy, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, reports, and records keeping, and consultation.
- ACBHC: TC Traditional Counselor Recognition Certification within two years.
- Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and practice of Alaska Native or American Indian cultural interventions designed to support healing, recovery, and resilience for clients experiencing substance use, emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders.
- Particular knowledge and life experience of Tlingit, Haida, and/or Tsimshian based cultural healing practices strongly preferred.
- Must be 21 years of age.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Up-to-date, evidence based modern methods, techniques and procedures used in individual, group, marriage, family, and case management for mental health and substance using services for clients of all ages
- Psychological theory
- Ethical and legal management practices, client rights, documentation regulations specific to The Joint Commission, HRSA, State Medicaid and Federal regulations.
Skill and Ability to:
- Develop culturally appropriate activities, groups, traditional methods of healing, and programs for clients.
- Provide oversite and direction to staff working with clients in a behavioral health based cultural healing services
- Assess clients for risk of suicide or self-harm and develop effective safety plans.
- Write clear/concise reports drawing from direct client observation, screenings, and assessments in accordance with professional standards, state regulations and department protocol.
- Advocate for clients and coordinate required services or to resolve problems in crisis situations.
- Analyze, evaluate, and diagnose situations and adopt effective courses of action.
- Modify treatment activities or approaches as needed to comply with changes in clients’ needs.
- Maintain knowledge of new developments in counseling by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars, or establishing and maintaining contact with other social service agencies.
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