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Masters Level Therapist - Kanvwotiyi (**$5,000 Hiring Bonus**)
Job Code:2023-08-022
Department:Residential Treatment-Snowbird
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum58,332
Salary Midpoint72,915
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function    

Serves as primary therapist for adults with mental health and substance abuse disorders including dual diagnoses who are EBCI and IHS eligible. This position will primarily serve adults in the residential treatment program. Services include comprehensive clinical assessment of client and family needs, utilization of evidenced based treatments for psychiatric and substance use disorders.  Employee is expected to provide individual, family, and group therapy using brief focused therapy methods as well as more traditional methods of treatment. Employee will also provide emergency, crisis intervention, consultation and education services as needed.


Job Description

  • Provides services to EBCI and other eligible persons at the residential treatment program primarily.
  • Responsible for completion of intake forms, identification of community resources, patient assessment, provision and coordination of supportive services, patient advocacy.
  • Responsible for comprehensive clinical assessment, development of treatment plan, recommendations for intervention, supervision of treatment plan implementation, and case management referral.
  • Provide group therapy which may include: Seeking Safety, Living in Balance, Trauma Groups, Grief Group, DBT, CBT, EFT, and other groups related to client needs.
  • Working in collaboration with the treatment team, will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine patients' needs and resources (both family support and community support).
  • Collaborate with the medical staff and other health professional/agencies in developing a viable therapeutic team network to facilitate and establish patterns of cooperative efforts and to facilitate patient care, discharge and follow-up.
  • Provide counseling to patient and family in matters directly related to patient care.
  • Develop and implement discharge plans, follow-up care, and transfers to other behavioral health facilities.
  • Assists with observed urine drug screens as outlined in Analenisgi policies and procedures.
  • Attend supervision sessions relevant to specific certifications, credentials and/or licensure, such as but not limited to: LCSW, LCMHC, CDAC LCAS, CCS.
  • Collaborate with other agencies as advocates for clients.
  • Follows the provisions contained in all applicable privacy/confidentiality policies, procedures, and practices for maintenance and release of patient records and clinical information, including EBCI, CIHA, IHS, DHHS, HIPAA, 42CFR, 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.
  • Development of individual treatment plans. Treatment plans must be consistent with the patient diagnosis, agency quality assurance guidelines, and level of care policies.
  • Shall perform limited administrative duties, which include maintaining statistical records of clinical workload, utilization review, and quality assurance, participating in education programs, and participating in clinical quality assurance functions.
  • Assists in attaining and maintaining accreditation by the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations.
  • Participates in department/program meetings to review and identify opportunities to improve the program and treatment provided, and recommend corrective action when problems are identified. This includes assisting with changes in policy and procedure, which would improve the care of service delivery.
  • Timely record all treatment and clinically significant events in the medical record according to CIHA policies and procedures.
  • 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. Represents CIHA and the behavioral health program at regular team meetings for progress review and during emergency meetings dealing with high-risk situations
  • Participates in community planning and implementation of programs.
  • This position is expected to meet the productivity standard established for this position
  • Expected to obtain continuing education both through in-service training and through access and tuition payment for approved training seminars and workshops.
  • May provide on call crisis services on a rotating basis with other staff.
  • Participate in treatment program cross training, in order to assist with fulfilling other programmatic needs, such as work units supervision, kitchen, housekeeping, maintenance/grounds, client supervision, intake/discharge coordination, etc.This position will assist in various capacities as needed.
  • Operate in a support role as assigned in the Beauty for Ashes program and services
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education / Minimum Qualifications

  • 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
  • Three years of diagnostic, therapeutic experience preferred.
  • Specific experience working with Native Americans preferred.
  • Must possess valid drivers' license.