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Cherokee Nation Licensed Behavioral Health Professional in Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Provides professional psychotherapy services at assigned clinical sites or Jack Brown Center within the boundaries of competence based on education, training, supervised experience, state, and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience. Provides after-hour “on-call” coverage for the WW Hastings Hospital Emergency Room.

Routine duties shall include providing health care services to individuals eligible for services in accordance with the self-governance compact and funding agreement between the Cherokee Nation and the United State executed under the authority of the Indian-Self Determination and Education Assistance Act. Practices only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their documented educations, training, supervised experience, state and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience. Evaluates psychological, social, and physiological signs and symptoms. Determines the client’s appropriateness for admission or referral. Identifies any co-existing conditions (medical, psychiatric, physical, etc.) that indicate the need for additional professional assessments and/or services. Completes required documents for admission to the program, program eligibility, and appropriateness. Obtains appropriately signed consent when soliciting from or providing information to outside sources to protect client’s confidentiality and rights. Provides an overview to the client by describing the extent and nature of the services available to them and the program goals and objectives for client care. Provides an overview to the client by describing program operations, rules, and the client’s obligations and rights. Gathers relevant history from the client using appropriate interview techniques. Identifies appropriate assessment tools and explains to the client the rationale for the use of assessment techniques to facilitate understanding. Develops a diagnostic evaluation of the client’s condition(s) based on the results of all assessments to provide an integrated approach to treatment planning based on the client’s strengths, weaknesses, identified problems, and needs, and explains results to clients in an understandable manner. Identifies and ranks problems based on individual client needs in the written treatment plan and formulate an agreement with immediate and long-term goals using behavioral terms in the written treatment plan. Identifies the treatment methods and resources to be utilized as appropriate for the individual client. Selects the counseling theory(ies) and techniques to assist the client, group, and/or family in exploring problems and ramifications and examining the client’s behavior, attitudes, and/or feelings if appropriate in the treatment. Individualizes counseling in accordance with cultural, gender, and lifestyle differences. Elicits solutions and decisions from the client. Plans, implements, and evaluates the treatment plan while coordinating services for client care. Recognizes the elements of a client’s crisis and implements an immediate course of action appropriate to the crisis. Identifies the needs of the client that cannot be met by the counselor or agency and assists the client to utilize the support systems and community resources available. Charts the results of assessments and treatment plans, writes reports, progress, notes, discharge summaries, and other client-related data. Maintains detailed progress notes that contain at minimum: 1) Reason for the contact. 2) Assessment of client’s current clinical presentation. 3) Relevant history. 4) Specific mental Health/clinical interventions by the provider, per type of service and scope of practice. 5) Client’s response to interventions. 6) Unresolved issues from previous contacts. 7) Plans, next steps, and/or clinical decisions. If little or no progress toward goals/objectives is being made, describe why. Include the date of the next planned contact and/or next clinician action. Indicate referrals made. Address any issues of risk. Consults with appropriate resources to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client. Values objectivity and integrity while providing services, and strives to maintain the highest standard of the profession. Accepts responsibility for the consequences of their work and ensures that their services are used appropriately. Conducts assessments or diagnoses to establish treatment goals and objectives. Performs only those testing and assessment services for which they have been trained and shall be familiar with related standardization and proper application and security of any technique utilizes. If using computer-based test interpretations, shall be trained in the construct being measured and the specific instrument being used before using this type of computer application. If qualified to provide licensure candidacy supervision, ensures the proper use of the assessment techniques by persons under the supervision. Prevents, diagnoses, treats mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders or associated distresses which interfere with mental health. Plans, implements, or evaluates treatment plans using behavioral treatment interventions. If compelled to provide witness testimony, such testimony will be limited to direct observations made by the LBHP and shall not include conclusions, opinions, or recommendations. Maintains written records, in a form or format that is legible or readable to third persons, of all contact and information received and used in the preparation of their report. Maintains verifiable records at an institution or facility that has a published records retentions policy that is equal to or exceeds the retention required by federal and/or state regulations. Maintains the confidentiality of any information received from any person or source about a client, unless authorized in writing by the client or required by law or court order. Obtains written consent from the joint-custodial parents, custodial parent, legal guardian, or the legal custodian appointed by the Court before conduction interviews of minor children. Complies with the applicable state and federal regulations regarding the security, safety, and confidentiality of any behavioral health services, the record they create, maintain, transfer, or destroy whether the record is written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium. Provides no counseling to any person with whom the LBHP has had a close personal relationship within the previous five (5) years and shall not knowingly enter into a close personal relationship, or engage in any business or financial dealing with a former or current client for two (2) years after the termination of the counseling relationship and shall not engage in any activity that is or may be sexual in nature with a former or current client. Attends weekly staffing conferences for a period not less than sixty (60) minutes per week during which clinical treatment and diagnostic cases are presented and clinical interventions are discussed. Assess the Behavioral Health/Jack Brown Center’s services and needs by collecting the most current data through systematic assessment methods to provide relevant data for the planning process. Forward data to the Senior Director. Notifies the appropriate licensing authority with thirty (30) days of any change in address, telephone, number, and employment and shall make the necessary adjustment on the Statement of Professional Disclosure, supplying an updated copy to both the appropriate licensing authority and Cherokee Nation Human Resources. Claims or implies only the professional credentials possessed and shall be responsible for correcting any known misrepresentations of credentials by others. Does not represent themselves as a specialist in any aspect of behavioral health services, unless so designed by the appropriate licensing authority. Displays the original license and current license verification card in a prominent place in the primary locations of practice and a current license verification card shall be readily available on the LBHP person at any time counseling services are being performed. Furnishes a copy of the Statement of Professional Disclosure to the appropriate licensing authority. In the counseling setting, two (2) copies shall be signed by both the client or adult caretaker and the counselor. One (1) copy shall be given to the client and the other copy shall be retained by the counselor in the client’s file. Reviews in writing and verbally with the client the right and responsibilities of both the LBHP and the client. Provides Cherokee Nation Human Resources with a copy of current Statement of Professional Disclosure, all licensures, certifications, renewal of licensures and certifications, and certifications of supervision from each Board that has grant supervisory authority upon receipt thereof. Retains verification of attendance documents for all continuing education hours claimed for a period of two (2) years. Provides after-hours “on-call” coverage for the Cherokee Nation Health Services emergency room. Provides Human Resources with a copy of all licensures, certifications, renewal of licensures and certifications upon receipt thereof. Other duties may be assigned.


May provide licensure supervision of up to 4 employees if appropriately credentialed/approved to provide supervision according to the applicable licensing authority.


Must possess a Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, or another field of study enabling LBHP status. No exceptions.


No experience required.


To perform this job successfully, an individual should know Database software, Internet software, Spreadsheet software, and Word Processing software.


Must possess a valid driver's license with a driving history verified through a motor vehicle report that meets requirements for Cherokee Nation underwriting rating. Must meet and maintain pre-employment and periodic background investigation and adjudication for child care. Must possess and maintain current license to practice in the state of Oklahoma within one (1) of the following areas of practice: Psychology, Social Work (clinical specialty only), Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Behavioral Practitioner, or Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Must possess and maintain Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. Can be obtained during orientation. Approval from the appropriate licensing authority to supervise LBHP Candidates preferred. Must possess and maintain certification and training for any assessment that requires it to be administered and interpreted.


Employee must not be and will not be under sanction by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Attorney General (OIG) or by the General Services Administration (GSA) or listed on the OIG’s Cumulative Sanction Report or the GSA’s List of Excluded Providers or listed on the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE). Ability to speak Cherokee a plus.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.


The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

ID: 2022-23551

Closing Date: 08/13/2022

Posting Salary: Based on education and experience

Childcare/Law Enforcement Position: Yes

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Post End Date: 8/14/2022