Position: MHCF Psychologist

Department: Wellness
Classification: Full-time, salaried

Benefiting Your Future!
• Competitive pay of $83,200.00 – $108,160.00 per annum / DOE
• Employee Medical, Dental, Vision premium
• $50,000 Basic Life Insurance, Long Term Disability
• Voluntary Flexible Spending Account, Life Insurance, Short Term Disability
• 401(k) and up to 5% Employer Contribution Match
• Paid Leave: Annual, Sick, 13 Paid Holiday Observances, Jury Duty, Bereavement, Closure

To provide mental health therapy sessions for individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with obstacles to healthy functioning. Additional job requirements include but are not limited to prevention and outreach education services; crisis intervention; case management services; the development, use and/or enhancement of diagnostic, treatment and prevention instruments; psychosocial evaluations; educational/process groups; group therapy, and consultation/collaboration with tribal programs.

Your Education / Experience
• Must have a Master’s degree or PhD in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field, and be licensed as a counselor, social worker, or psychologist with the Washington State Department of Health.
• Preferred minimum of two years’ experience, post licensure, and in-direct client care in the mental health field, including direct clinical services to children and their families.
• Preferred experience working collaboratively with education programs

Your Responsibilities
• Provide mental health treatment, primarily with a child and family focus, for a wide variety of counseling issues. Treatment will require a family systems approach to aid families to participate/enhance progress of individual family members and the family unit as a whole.
• Maintain an active client caseload, as assigned.
• Conduct comprehensive psychosocial assessments, develop and maintain current treatment plans, maintain timely progress notes, and transcribe discharge summaries for all clients on caseload.
• Provide educational/process group and/or group therapy on a continual basis. This may include provision of treatment, education, support groups, or school-based groups.
• Perform case management responsibilities, representing client/family treatment needs to colleagues, family members, and programs, for purposes of treatment, coordination, referral, and tracking.
• Educate members of the community, staff, and other departments regarding areas of mental health concerns as assigned by the mental health supervisor. These interventions may include, but are not limited to, health fairs, retreat weekends, consultations, panels, lectures, or presentations.
• Participate in and/or remain informed of staff meeting content; participate in consultation and/or supervision in order to maintain and provide the highest level of quality services as an outpatient facility.
• Provide referrals and consultation to persons and families in need of identified services.
• Maintain open communication with other tribal and non-tribal departments and agencies in the best interests of clients; maintain open and cooperative relationships with coworkers.
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationship with the Suquamish Education Department, including the Marion-Forsman Boushie Early Learning Center and Chief Kitsap Academy. This may include, but is not limited to: consultation, facilitation of support/psychoeducation groups or special events, assisting with referrals to the Wellness Center/outside agencies, and participation in the development of behavior and/or education plans.
• Submit timely progress reports for clients involved with the criminal justice system and/or child protective agency, either tribal or non-tribal as it applies to the client, and is appropriate.
• Compose court reports and/or give court testimony as needed.
• Performance of duties must comply with the Suquamish Tribal Codes, federal law, Washington state licensing regulations, standards of practice, and applicable code of ethics.

Qualifications You’ll Bring
• Demonstrated ability to work with individuals of Native American cultures.
• Demonstrated ability to accurately assess, diagnose, and treat clinical disorders according to DSM guidelines and evidence based intervention strategies.
• Demonstrated skills in using intervention and counseling strategies appropriate to caseload therapeutic needs.
• Demonstrated expertise in family systems therapy and trauma informed intervention strategies.
• Willingness to conduct or participate in offsite services such as assessments, sessions, home visits, and/or meetings.
• Demonstrated willingness to accept clinical supervision and feedback, and pursue continuing education as means to improve skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a complex, interdisciplinary setting.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated skills in using computer and relevant software with the willingness to learn new, program specific software.

What to Expect
• Willingness to work some evenings, and occasional emergency mental health interventions as needed.
• The counselor is expected to function both independently, and where appropriate, as a team member working within a complex interdisciplinary system which, in some cases, may include court, inpatient treatment, education, child welfare, and other realms of a client’s life.
• The counselor is expected to maintain regularly scheduled supervisory meetings with the mental health supervisor. In addition to regularly scheduled supervision, every effort will be made to contact either the clinical supervisor or director in the event of high risk or complex situations that may occur in the course of providing clinical therapeutic services.
• The purpose of the clinical work is to ensure appropriate intervention for the health, mental health, and safety of community members. The actions of the counselor will directly affect health and safety at the most basic level. Therefore, the utmost professional manner is required. Services provided to tribal members should be performed in a culturally appropriate manner . An understanding of culturally appropriate methods, accountability, decision making and problem solving skills, are essential in carrying out the duties of this position. Adherence to protocol and policies is extremely important and good judgment and reasoning skills are required to implement the subtle nuances of this position.
• Requires compliance with confidentiality laws concerning patient protected health information, including but not limited to the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA) 42 C.F.R., Part 2 and other relevant laws.
• Occasional outreach can be to client homes that may involve potentially volatile interactions such as those emergency outreach situations involving mental health crisis interactions.
• The counselor will have regular contacts with others, both internal and external to the Wellness Center. The most common internal contacts include individual and group sessions with Wellness Center clients. These contacts can take place in offices, group rooms, schools, homes, or other locations in the community as dictated by clinical judgment and/or specific obstacles facing clients. Other internal contacts will include supervisory meetings as well as meeting with members of the interdisciplinary team in the treatment regime of the client. , Contacts can take place in the tribal or non-tribal court system. The most frequent external contacts will involve peer professionals, agencies/departments, and treatment personnel in the community to whom referrals have been made for a portion of the treatment. Nearly all contacts involve confidential or extremely sensitive matters and require compliance with privacy laws concerning protected health information.

• State and Tribal Background check
• Valid WA State Driver’s License
• Pre-Employment drug testing
• Native American Preference
• Random Drug Testing
• Suquamish Tribe Vaccine Requirements

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About The Suquamish Tribe

About The Suquamish Tribe
The Suquamish Tribe believes that our employees are one of the most important assets to the success of Tribal Government operations. We have a strong commitment to provide employees with a positive, productive work environment with opportunities for personal satisfaction and growth in a safe, healthy, and harmonious work environment. The Suquamish Tribal Government currently employs staff in the areas of Administration, Human Resources, Community Development, Early Learning, Education, Finance, Fisheries, Human Services, Health Benefits, Indian Child Welfare, Information Systems, Legal, Maintenance, Natural Resources, Public Safety, and Tribal Court.