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Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Clinician

Posted: 01/09/2022

The CAC Clinician works as part of KANA’s Behavioral Health team providing mental health care to CAC children in the form of individual, family, group therapy, case management, and crisis counseling for patients presenting with mental health or dual diagnosis needs. Provides clinical assessment and counseling services with fidelity to appropriate evidence based treatment models with a biopsychosocial approach that appreciates the physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual needs of each client. Provides individual and family counseling services to adolescents, children, and adults based on training and skill level, and completes assessments, diagnosis, and treatment plans to support patient progress towards improved life functioning and psychological wellbeing. 
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by this position. Other duties as assigned.
  • Support the organization’s mission and goals, quality standards, and patient-centered medical home philosophy. Embrace KANA’s culture of serving the whole person through our provision of services. Incorporate KANA’s core values of Courtesy, Caring, Respect, Sharing, and Pride in all activities and decisions.
  • Uphold KANA’s Code of Ethics by conducting professional activities with honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and good faith in a manner that reflects positively upon the organization.
  • Develop therapeutic helping-relationships with clients that are based on unconditional positive regard, empathy, and honesty that is balanced with grace.
  • Complete integrated behavioral health assessments and screenings that demonstrate understanding of DSM 5 diagnostic formulation, ASAM placement criteria, and mental health and/ or addiction and common co-occurring disorders for adults and adolescents.
  • Ensure assessments examine the whole person, differentiate between chemical use, addiction, mental health symptomatology and disorder, and medical issues, to establish an accurate diagnosis.
  • Conduct clinical assessment interviews that explore implications of a clients’ developmental history, family and social system, and the course of their presenting problem.
  • Create individualized treatment plans that are clinically relevant to the presenting problem and that integrate the clients’ personal complexities of social, cultural, vocational, developmental, and family dynamics as well as their current stage of change and level of motivation.
  • Develop and maintain a solid treatment referral system that enables clients to access higher or lower levels of care when these cannot be provided by KANA directly. Maintain positive collaborative relationships with community agencies and participate in prevention work as assigned.
  • Manage an individual clinical case load comprised of children, adolescents and adults in the Kodiak borough and outlying villages.
  • Manage an average caseload of five (5) billable contact hours per day during a standard work day. If other duties are assigned, patient volume may be adjusted.
  • Participate in peer review and outcomes processes for quality improvement; attend clinical staff meetings, trainings, and continuing education conferences as scheduled.
  • Document all clinical services thoroughly and accurately in compliance with State, Federal, professional and ethical guidelines and submit documentation per agency policy. All documentation must be signed off in EHR within 1 week of service delivery.
  • Complete all necessary CME’s annually to maintain licensure. Maintain NCA Mental Health Accreditation standards of training:  complete 40 contact hour CEU’s in accordance with the provider’s mental health related license requirements, CEU’s from specific evidence-based treatment for trauma training, and clinical supervision hours by a licensed clinical supervisor.  Must meet one of the NCA training standards: Master’s degree, licensed, certified, or supervised by a licensed mental health professional; Master’s degree or license-eligible in a related mental health field; or a student intern in an accredited mental health related graduate program, when supervised by a licensed/certified mental health professional (both student intern and supervision licensed mental health professional must meet the previously indicated 40 hour training requirements.)
  • Attend the CAC MDT case review and regular meetings each month.
Position Specific Competencies
  • Ability to analyze concepts and models of psycho-pathology and demonstrate understanding of integrated evidenced based treatment models and interventions for mental disorders.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of a clinicians’ role in addressing psychopharmacology and anti-addiction medications.
  • Ability to understand the cultural complexities and influences on the expression and interpretation of psychopathology, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders.
  • Ability to integrate understanding of family systems and social-developmental theories in to counseling work and treatment plans to effectively build life-skills and social competencies.
  • Knowledge of specific crisis intervention strategies and stabilization procedures.
  • Ability to design individualized intervention plans according to stages of change and patient preferences, and sensitivity for when such a plan needs to be updated or changed in response to changes in patient motivation, circumstances, and progress.
Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Job Requirements:
Master’s Degree in a Health, Human Services, Psychology, or Social Services discipline, and current (or eligible for) State licensure as LPC, LCPC, or LCSW, LMSW, or equivalent. Additional certifications in Chemical Dependency Counseling or specific advanced education in Addictions Counseling preferred. Work experience 3+ years post-graduate degree preferred. Ability to travel to remote communities by small plane.