LICENSED COUNSELOR - MESCALERO APACHE TRIBE

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Posted On: December 19, 2017

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
LICENSED COUNSELOR-FOUR DIRECTIONS
OPEN DATE: 12/5/2017-CLOSE DATE: DECEMBER 15, 2017
Must Possess a L.S.A.A., LISW, or L.A.D.A.C.;
Must have experience working in an environment related to drug/alcohol abuse.

Job Summary
Provides counseling services, individual or group sessions, to adults with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Additionally, have the knowledge and expertise to complete mental health and substance abuse assessments, interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals’ mental health. To develop treatment plans based on bio-psychosocial report and using and interpreting assessment tools.

This position description may not include all of the listed duties, nor do all of the listed examples include all tasks which may be found or assigned to this position.

Duties and Responsibilities
- Receives referrals and schedules counseling sessions with client.
- Evaluates and obtains information about clients through interview, case history, and observational techniques; evaluates data to identify causes of problems.
- Works with client to perform a comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment and develops an individualized treatment plan which may include individual, group, psycho-educational classes, workshops, intensive outpatient program, residential treatment and aftercare services.
- Counsels and aids individuals and families requiring assistance dealing with substance abuse and/or mental health
- Provides counseling based on treatment plans. Recommends and makes referrals to appropriate community agencies for specialized services.
- Documents all services provided and maintains information appropriately in the client folders.
- Participates in program planning, development and evaluation with Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Staff, and Clinical Director.
- Performs community outreach and prevention services by educating and informing the community, schools, local organizations and businesses on substance abuse and mental health related issues.
- Assures assistance, facilitation and support coordination of crisis intervention for high risk clients.
- Adheres to Program and Code of Conduct, Ethics and HIPAA compliance regulations regarding Release of Information and protection of clients and staff members. Must have a high level of confidentiality.
- Maintains and updates client files.
- Advocates with legal matters, work with probation-parole, and court systems.
- Coordinates and facilitates residential treatment care placement appropriate to the client.
- May provide transportation to and from sessions and services.
- Provides case management for clients; refers clients to other support services as needed, such as medical evaluation and treatment, and social services.
- Charts progress, assessment, treatment plan, discharge summaries and other client related information in a timely manner. Participates in all Case Staffing Meetings.
- Prepares weekly statistical reports and client status reports and submits to Supervisor.
- Maintains standards and practice in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and requirements, as well as professional standards.
- Conducts follow-up and aftercare for client’s discharge from residential treatment.
- May participate in court proceedings.
- Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reading current literature, attending in-services, meetings and workshops.
- Maintains confidentiality of all information.
- Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Counseling, Psychology or related field for an L.S.A.A., LISW, or L.A.D.A.C.; Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Counseling, Psychology or related field for an L.M.H.C.
- One year experience with treatment and prevention programs.
- First Aid and CPR Certified.
- Must have a valid NM Driver’s License.
- Must successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

Tribal preference and Native American Indian preference shall apply to all positions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of health related issues, medical terminology, and health care education.
- Knowledge of applicable federal, state, tribal, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
- Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.
- Knowledge of the effects and consequences of abuse and neglect.
- Knowledge of case management and crisis intervention.
- Skill in operating various word-processing, spreadsheets, and database software programs in a Windows environment.
- Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
- Ability to demonstrate moral character, honesty, tact, fairness, lack of prejudice, and desire to help when dealing with people.
- Ability to accept the dangers and stresses, regimentation, discipline, and time demands of working with children and families involved in abuse and neglect situations.
- Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
- Ability to maintain accurate client records while protecting confidentiality of patient records.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.
- Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must assist with lifting patients, which may require using leverage to lift and/or move clients.

Work Environment
Work is performed indoors with a moderate noise level. Situations where caution must be exercised. Evening, weekend, and/or holiday may be required. Extended hours and irregular shifts may be required.

TO APPLY
For more information, application or to send resume please email:
cwoods@mescaleroapachetribe.com or call Carol Woods, HR Director @ 575-464-9271
Mescalero Tribal Preference Applies

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