SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.
Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it's a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
This position is a behavioral health consultant role in the primary care clinic that works to pro-actively support a smooth interface between primary care and specialty behavioral health services. The employee provides recommendations regarding behavioral health interventions, lifestyle wellness coaching along with facilitation of referrals, brief interventions and follow up.
- Responsible for working with the ELMC Primary Care Provider to recognize and address psychological symptoms and conditions using the bio-psychosocial model. Acts as the behavioral health consultant of the ELMC primary care team. Performs assessment and brief treatment for a wide range of psychosocial disorders using brief therapy. Works with providers to monitor and manage "at risk" and "chronic" patients.
- Supports provider decision making and builds on provider-patient interventions. Provides effective triage of patients in need of specialty lifestyle coaching and/or behavioral health services that are provided at the Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic and Health Promotion as well as outside organizations.
- Coordinates and works with other team members to ensure the efficient and effective flow of patients through the department.
- Establishes and maintains liaison with other related professional services to ensure that clinical requirements are provided for patients. Develops and maintains a trusting and partnering relationship with assigned patients in order to assist in the success of treatment.
- Obtains complete and accurate information in a courteous, respectful and culturally sensitive manner. Attends ELMC medical staff meetings, training sessions, and planning and problem solving sessions. Participates in regularly scheduled individual and group supervisory sessions.
- Develops educational training materials and conducts sessions on "core" behavioral health skills and disseminates information to primary care team on recent advances in the field.
- Patient notes are documented clearly and timely in order to provide adequate information for other health care providers.
- Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related discipline from an accredited educational institution.
- Employees should have a thorough understanding of the cultures and the needs of SEARHC beneficiaries, and of the general culture and needs of Alaska Natives and American Indians. Such knowledge is critical in order to ensure the achievement of the mission and vision of SEARHC: working together with the Native community to provide the best services with Native staff who value the family and family wellness as the heart of the community.
- 2 years of supervised clinical work experience. Trained in behavioral medicine and health psychology concepts. Trained in social systems and family aspects of psychological and medical conditions.
- Licensed as or in the process of becoming a: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT).
- Consultant I (grade 16) Is a Clinician who has their master's degree and is in the process of becoming licensed. If the clinician is a new graduate and just starting their clinical supervision hours they will have 2 years and 6 months from date of hire to become licensed. If at the time of hire the clinician has begun their clinical supervision they must become licensed within 6 months of completing the rest of their clinical supervision hours.
- Consultant II (grade 17) Is a Clinician who is already licensed with a minimum of 3 years of post-masters clinical experience in multidisciplinary mental health setting prefer someone with at least 4 years of work experience as a clinician.
- Consultant III (grade 18) Is a Clinician who has at least five years of experience working in the field and who will/ could provide supervision to department, hospital, or organization staff.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Assessment techniques, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and adults.
- Basic nutrition, physical activity and tobacco cessation recommendations for physical health and disease prevention
- Sexual abuse, domestic violence, and substance abuse issues