Mental Health Professional Clinician
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. - Anchorage, AK

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Job Title:

Mental Health Professional Clinician


Residential Services (RS) at the Ernie Turner Center (ETC)

Reports To:

ETC Clinical Supervisor



FLSA Status:


Job Type:

Full-Time, Regular

General Functions: The Mental Health Professional Clinician is a vital team member within the Village of Care therapeutic treatment community within Ernie Turner Center. This position provides clinical and therapeutic role, which includes direct services to clients who have been identified as needing both mental health and substance abuse treatment. Duties entail individual counseling, group therapy, education, mental health assessments, treatment planning, crisis intervention, coordination and referral to other health care providers, maintenance of accurate records and discharge planning.

Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to:
  • The Clinician is responsible for the provision of mental health services as they occur concurrently with substance abuse/chemical dependency disorders in accordance with the mission, goals, objectives and policies and procedures of ETC.
  • Conducts mental health assessments (SCID), interviews and gather information from the client, family and other sources to aid in diagnoses and the development of an individual treatment plan that outlines goals, objectives, methods, strategies that support abstinence and life improvement and mental health disorders (panic/anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, major depressive or dysthymic disorder, bi polar disorder, various conditions related to schizophrenia disorder such as paranoia and obsessive compulsive disorder).
  • Conducts clinically specific groups that address clients’ co occurring disorders
  • Provides individual counseling and education to individuals through approved counseling methods, lectures and video materials. Uses approved handouts and other homework materials to enhance and support counseling experience.
  • Maintains Recovery Services Case Management System (RSCMS) client records and written reports in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Coordinates referrals as they pertain to client’s mental health status to clinics, social service agencies, and continuing care; provides advocacy and follow-up on referrals as needed.
  • Interacts with the Village Council and work therapy departments.
  • Transport participants to various sessions and meeting.
  • Coordinates telepsychiatry services
  • Coordinates and communicates with the waitlist coordinator regarding AST and other collateral information prior to admission.
  • Participates in training in areas related to improvement of service delivery.
  • Maintains a respectful relationship with clients, former clients, family members and peers.
  • Performs other related duties as needed and/or assigned.
Internal Relations
  • Maintain and comply with federal confidentiality laws as outline in 42 CFR, Part 2 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Maintains a positive working relationship with CITC staff and supports management of the organization.
  • Participates in scheduled external/internal meetings and training’s as requested.

Job Responsibilities Related to Patient Privacy:
  • The incumbent is expected to protect the privacy of all patient information in accordance with CITC’s privacy policies, procedures and practices, as required by federal and state law, and in accordance with general principles of professionalism as a health care provider. Failure to comply with CITC’s policies and procedures on patient privacy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or membership or association with CITC.
  • The incumbent may access protected health information and other patient information only to the extent that is necessary to complete your job duties. The incumbent may only share such information with those who have a need to know specific patient information you have in your possession to complete their job responsibilities related to treatment, payment or other CITC operations.
  • The incumbent is encouraged and expected to report, without the threat of retaliation, any concerns regarding CITC’s policies and procedures on patient privacy and any observed practices in violation of the policy to the designated Privacy Officer.
  • The incumbent is expected to actively participate in CITC privacy training and is required to communicate privacy policy information to coworkers, students, patients and others in accordance with CITC policy.

Knowledge and Competencies
  • Knowledge of alcohol and other drugs that includes:
    • The history and abuse of alcohol and addictive drugs and their physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual impact on the individual, family and Alaska Native/American Indian culture.
    • Knowledge and understanding of patterns of chemical dependency in various populations, i.e. Native women, men, youth and minorities.
  • Competent in the collection and evaluation of assessment information from a multi-disciplinary team to determine the primary and secondary problems and other needs of the client and family and the most effective and efficient treatment strategies to help them achieve abstinence and life improvement. In addition:
    • Competent in determining if the client fits the admission criteria, i.e., rationale and/or motivation, client’s physical condition and possible need for detoxification or other medical referral and would benefit from treatment at ETC.
  • Knowledge and competency in chemical dependency counseling and intervention techniques applied to individual, group and family situations, including medical model.
  • Knowledge and competency in mental health disorders, co occurring disorders, diagnostic procedures, DSM-IV, counseling techniques, group therapy, assessment skills, treatment planning and discharge planning.
  • Knowledge and competency in eclectic treatment procedures including: traditional chemical dependency education and counseling, cultural and spiritual counseling, exercise and nutrition therapy, recreation and social therapy, demonstrating personal wellness, self-awareness, understanding, and strength and stability.
  • Knowledge and competency of professional program policies and procedures in the chemical dependency treatment field, i.e., intake and orientation, assessment, individual plan development, implementation and management, referral, exit/discharge and follow-up, records, case management, and program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of ETC Environment of Care, Policies and Procedures and competent in carrying out procedures if needed.
  • Knowledge and competency in emergency medical and first aid care as follows:
    • Ability to determine if a medical emergency exists and to take appropriate action, when necessary;
    • Competent in emergency procedures used in case of alcohol and/or drug overdose;
    • Knowledge of stages of alcohol and other drug withdrawal and competent in appropriate action at each stage;
    • Competent in administering CPR and first aid, when necessary.
  • Competent in dealing with clients in other crises as well as highly structured, fast paced daily routine.
  • Knowledge and competency in keeping client records and in preparing reports according to the policies and procedures.
  • Competent in monitoring and evaluating in clinical staffing, including:
    • Recording the results of client intake and assessments;
    • Preparing a treatment plan according to the needs of the client;
    • Making clear, concise and organized progress reports in the client’s treatment file that meets treatment objectives;
    • Understanding the significance of record keeping;
    • Understanding the legal responsibilities of record keeping.
  • Knowledge of community resources that support abstinence and life improvement in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health, economic security, employment, positive social, family interdependence and positive cultural identity including:
    • Competent in referral procedures and knowledge of admittance criteria for other chemical dependency and/or mental health or co occurring disorders treatments, other health care and community providers available in Alaska, their treatment philosophy and components of service available, i.e. detoxification, residential, out-client and aftercare;
    • Competent in coordinating with chemical dependency, mental health, health care, employment training, and other social and cultural agencies that can provide services to ETC clients and their families;
    • Competent in communication to the client and family, resources that are available to support abstinence and life improvement as indicated in their multi-disciplinary assessment and individual treatment plan;
    • Competent in communication on a case management level with other service providers.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and Municipal laws and/or regulations that regulate the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction, including:
    • Confidentiality 42 CFR Part 2
    • Client Rights
    • Privacy Act
    • Good Samaritan Act
    • Professional Code of Ethics
    • Non-Discrimination
    • Accessibility
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Knowledge of cultural and spiritual values and how they relate to the disease, recovery and wellness in Alaska Native and American Indian men and women.
  • Knowledge and competency in public speaking and the ability to plan, organize, and develop audio visual resources and hand-outs for educational lectures and public information speeches.
  • Knowledge and competency in problem solving, stress management, project management, ethics and team building.
  • Knowledge of airborne and blood borne pathogens (B, HIV, AIDS, HB) and risk reduction methodologies and the use of universal precautions.
  • Demonstrated ability to rotate and work in different clinical positions as needed.

Job Specifications:
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with computers and standard office equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and exercise good judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and prioritize workload.
  • Strong public speaking and organizational skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks with attention to detail.
  • Required to have current TB immunization and/or verification incumbent is a “reactor.”
  • Voluntary immunization for HEP A&B will be offered/provided.
  • Current CPR and First Aid will be provided.

  • Masters Degree in Behavioral Sciences such as social work or psychology.
  • Licensed or in a position to become licensed by the State of Alaska
  • Minimum of 1 year post-masters work in mental health and substance abuse disorders
  • Level I or higher Alaska Chemical Dependency Counselor Certification or willing to become certified within one year of employment.
  • Must have one year of continuous sobriety prior to hire if a recovering alcoholic or drug addict and participate in a self-help program.
  • Current five years of no felonies or substance abuse convictions.
  • Continued employment will be contingent upon completion of a satisfactory state and federal criminal background check.
  • Valid Alaska Drivers License and be insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance.

Hiring Preference

Preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act.


The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

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Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) provides social, educational and employment services to Alaska Natives and Native Americans living in...