Mental Health Counselor

Department: Wellness
Classification: Full-time, salaried

Benefiting Your Future!
• Competitive pay of $72,800.00 – $85,280.00 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
• Paid Leave: Annual, Sick, 13 Paid Holiday Observances, Jury Duty, Bereavement, Closure

To provide mental health therapy sessions for individuals, couples, and families, dealing with obstacles to healthy functioning. The counselor will possess knowledge of the lifespan of the individual, with particular emphasis on the potential effects of trauma and addiction on an individual and their relationships. 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. The counselor may specialize in one particular treatment modality, but is flexible and capable of providing treatment to family members and others outside that modality.

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 older adults
• Preferred experience working collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams.

Your Responsibilities
• Provide mental health counseling for clients, with emphasis on crisis intervention (as appropriate) utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to ensure safety within an outpatient environment.
• 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 interdepartmentally facilitated groups.
• Perform case management responsibilities, representing client/family treatment needs to colleagues, family members, and programs, for purposes of treatment, coordination, referral, and tracking.
• Review and update, as needed, policies and procedures regarding crisis intervention and assessment, treatment, and referral of high risk clients.
• 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 other departments within the Suquamish Tribe. 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 interdisciplinary intervention plans.
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationship with local tribes, public safety and health professionals.
• Submit timely progress reports for clients involved with the criminal justice system and/or child/adult 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.
• Perform within tribal family code, federal law, Washington state licensing regulations, and applicable code of ethics.

Qualifications You’ll Bring
• 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 trauma informed and evidence based intervention strategies.
• Demonstrated expertise working with clients with a history of complex trauma.
• Demonstrated expertise working with clients with history of addiction.
• Demonstrated experience working with mental health issues, including crisis situations.
• Demonstrated skills in using computer and relevant software with the willingness to learn new, program specific software.

What to Expect
• 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
• Willingness to work some evenings, and occasional emergency mental health interventions as needed. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• 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.
• Outreach work, including possible groups and community educational events might include driving, standing, walking, some bending, and carrying of light loads including educational materials and handouts.
• Occasional outreach can be to client homes that may involve potentially volatile interactions such as those emergency outreach situations involving mental health crisis interactions.

• 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.