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Masters Level Therapist - TJCC (***$5,000 Hiring Bonus***)
Job Code:2023-08-017
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum58,332
Salary Midpoint72,915
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function

Provide comprehensive clinical assessments and treatment services for patients with behavioral health and substance abuse disorders who are Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian (EBCI) and Indian Health Service (IHS) eligible, who are incarcerated at the Tribal Justice Center.  Provide clinical screening and comprehensive clinical assessment, treatment plan development, and provision of individual, and group therapy using evidenced based models. Employee may also provide, emergency, crisis intervention, consultation and education services as needed. This position is based at the Tribal Justice Center and this employee will be expected to also follow policies and procedures developed for the Tribal Justice Center. This position will primarily serve incarcerated adults. Rarely and for emergent situations, this position may be asked to fill in at other Analenisgi locations. 

Direct Service Duties

  • Provide appropriate assessment and treatment to all persons with identified need.
  • Be the “clinical expert” and act as a resource for the Tribal Justice Center staff.
  • Working in collaboration with the treatment team, conduct psychosocial assessments to determine patients' needs and resources (both family and community support/resources).
  • Ensure documentation of all treatment and clinically significant events in Electronic Health Record as prescribed by CIHA policies and procedures and quality assurance standards.
  • Cooperate and collaborate with medical staff and other health professions/agencies in developing a viable therapeutic team network to facilitate patient care, discharge and follow up.
  • Adhere to all applicable confidentiality policies, procedures, and practices for maintenance and release of patient records.
  • Responsible for completion of intake forms, identification of community resources, patient assessment, provision and coordination of supportive services, patient advocacy.
  • Provides therapy services to patients as determined by treatment needs.
  • Assess and treat clients in individual and group modalities, exercising professional judgment and using a wide range of therapeutic skills to include individual and family counseling to assist patients and their families in dealing with chronic and acute behavioral health/substance use diagnoses.
  • Provide counseling to client Develop and implement discharge plans, follow-up care, and transfers to other behavioral health facilities as appropriate.
  • Follows the provisions contained in all applicable privacy/confidentiality policies, procedures, and practices including EBCI, CIHA, IHS, DHHS, HIPPA, 42 CFR, or other licensing bodies.
  • Responsible for attending clinical staffing as an integral component of a treatment team, facilitating the discussion of patient data, and formulating changes to the treatment plan.
  • Assists in attaining and maintaining accreditation by the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations.
  • Participates in division/program meetings to review and identify opportunities to improve the program and treatment provided, and recommend change when challenges are identified. This includes assisting with changes in policy and procedure, which would improve the care of service delivery.
  • Participate in community planning and implementation of programs to help resolve such complex issues as improving coordination of services. Represents Analenisgi at regular team meetings for progress review and during emergency meetings dealing with high-risk situations.
  • Expected to obtain continuing education both through in-service training and through access and tuition payment for approved training seminars and workshops. Present overview of training to team.



  • Master’s Degree in behavioral health field such as Social Work, Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, or Counseling required. Degree must be obtained from an accredited university that is accepted by appropriate licensing agencies in NC.
  • NC license LCSW, LPP, LCMHC or LMFT. A provisional or associate license may be accepted.
  • Must show competence in Substance Use either by licensure/certification from the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board or experience in substance abuse treatment. Specific positions may require licensure/certification from the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.
  • Must be approved for and maintain medical credentialing, upon hire

  • Must possess valid drivers' license.



  • Specific experience working with Native Americans.
  • Prior experience working with the incarcerated population.
  • Participates in on call service rotation.
  • Learn and effectively utilize an electronic medical record and other software required for operation in the CIHA system.
  • Adhere to ASAM or other appropriate criteria when referring client to level of care recommended.
  • Provides written, telephonic, and face-to-face consultation services to various persons and organizations involved in the patient’s care. These include schools, courts, probation officers, physicians, hospitals, medical care providers, law enforcement officers, social services and community agencies. Regular progress reports are required for communicating with the court and judicial supervisors. Represent CIHA and the behavioral health program at regular team meetings for progress review and during emergency meetings dealing with high-risk situations.
  • Assists in attaining and maintaining accreditation by the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations.
  • Operate in a support role as assigned in the Beauty for Ashes program and services
  • Other duties as assigned.