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Clinical Psychologist I - Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Indian Community

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Ketchikan, AK
  • Posted: October 15, 2019
  • Full-Time

Incumbent will be responsible to deliver culturally sensitive, competent behavioral health services to clients under the supervision of the Behavioral Health Director or designee for KIC Tribal Health Clinic Behavioral Health Department.  This position will determine nature of client’s situation, initiate treatment plan, provide individual and group counseling, facilitate all aspects of outpatient treatment, and document progress.  Incumbent will be responsible for general coordination of counseling services and have sufficient personal mobility to complete field work at various locations.  Position will require flexible work schedule to include evening and weekend hours as necessary.  This position provides clinical leadership and direction to the program as well as direct psychological services to KIC members including evaluation, diagnosis, consultation, referral, psychotherapy, crisis intervention and specialized treatment modalities. The Clinical Psychologist refers and coordinates substance abuse and/or mental health services with KIC Tribal Health Clinic staff to ensure appropriate referrals, follow-up, and continuity of care.

Required Skills


  • Knowledge of state and federal guidelines for clinical programs and “best practice” techniques;
  • Knowledge of community organization/development principles and processes;
  • Knowledge of social problems experienced by Alaska Natives and American Indians;
  • Knowledge of culturally relevant counseling techniques and ceremonies;
  • Knowledge of alcohol and substance abuse services available in the community and some familiar with state-wide services;
  • Knowledge of current research and accepted theories of alcohol and drug abuse, addiction and rehabilitation;
  • Knowledge of screening and identification of symptoms of alcohol/drug abuse and withdrawal;
  • Knowledge and ability of Case Management skills;
  • Knowledge and ability to carry out rules of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPAA), which protects patient rights;
  • Knowledge and ability to carry out federal confidentiality rules for clients seeking substance abuse services;
  • Skilled in the coordination of patient care in remote locations (phone consultations, etc.);
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally over the telephone and in person in a clear and positive manner;
  • Ability to provide social treatment services in a clinical and community-based setting;
  • Ability to exercise mature judgment in evaluating specific situations and recommending solutions;
  • Ability to listen, observes, and records a variety of information and situations;
  • Ability to collect data, keep accurate and organized records and ensure timely preparation of reports;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with clients, peers, public and private agencies, Tribal members, and the general public;
  • Ability to utilize maximum degree of professionalism and diplomacy with those who may be experiencing high degrees of stress both mentally and/or physically;
  • Ability to be flexible in order to perform at the highest level as a team player;
  • Demonstrated expertise in: project management; Medicaid-compliant substance and mental health treatment; ability to plan and implement projects;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and able to prioritize assignments.

Required Experience

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE DEFINED: Experience and understanding of the Privacy Act of 1974 to maintain complete confidentiality of all administrative, medical and personnel records, and all other pertinent information. Professional experience and understanding of the requirements of this position involve master of the theories, principles, concepts, and methodologies of clinical psychology that is acquired through formal education and training that meets the requirements for the doctoral in psychology degree. Experience to provide effective direct psychological assessment and psychotherapy with a variety of mental health and substance abuse problems with individual adolescents, groups and families. Experience and understanding of the Federal law or regulations, IHS standards and the various regulatory and credentialing organizations (JCAHO, CARF, etc.) and the ability to reconcile contradicting requirements in preparing staff recommendations and/or coordinating clinical services. Experience and understanding of cognitive social learning theory for conceptual guidance to modify the pattern of alcohol and other drug abuse encountered by adolescents and their families as a result. Experience with generally accepted management or supervisory principles to carry out the administrative and supervisory responsibilities of the position

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

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