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Wilderness Clinician

This position is responsible for providing clinical services such as intake/diagnostic evaluations, case evaluations, and crisis intervention for the Alaska Crossings Wilderness Therapy program; as well as acts as a liaison with other agencies as needed. 

In this position, you will serve as a member of the clinical team for Alaska Crossings, an expedition based Wilderness Therapy program for youth.

Serving mostly underprivileged Alaskan youth, the program offers seasonal 6 week adventures which include land and water based activities in the Alaskan wilderness led by Therapeutic Wilderness Guides.

The clinician, which is a year round role, ensures that clinical productivity standards are established and followed. 

There is no specific responsibility to managing an operating budget.  As a clinician the financial responsibilities lie in documenting all services as outlined first and foremost in the code of ethics of the profession. Clinicians maintain records necessary for rendering professional services to their clients and as required by laws, regulations, or agency or institution procedures. Clinicians include sufficient and timely documentation in their client records to facilitate the delivery and continuity of needed services. Clinicians take reasonable steps to ensure that documentation in records accurately reflects client progress and services provided. If errors are made in client records, clinicians take steps to properly note the correction of such errors according to agency or institutional policies, proper documentation is a requirement to ensure that SEARHC is able to bill accurately for services provided to client in accordance with state, federal, and insurance rules, laws and regulations.   This position is a covered position in accordance with the Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA).

Provide screening, assessment, diagnoses, treatment planning, direct therapy and continuing care to individual clients, and/or conduct family therapy with clients ranging from birth to elderly and their families including children and significant others. Facilitate or co-facilitate groups as needed. Provide care coordination, client advocacy, and skill development as needed. Provide discharge planning.  Overall provide clinically related chemical dependence and mental health services as needed based on results of individual assessments.  Communicate and collaborate with clinical and paraprofessional team to achieve program treatment goals.  Provide on call coverage as assigned and assistance in BH programs across the Behavioral Health Department.  Provide crisis intervention services provided within normal clinic hours; on call as needed for after-hours mental health emergencies throughout BH department.

Clinicians who are not yet licensed will receive clinical supervision that meets the requirements stated under the specific license that one is becoming licensed in with documentation of the supervision kept on each person. Clinicians not licensed will provide structured chemical dependency and mental health services with a focus in supervision on providing the appropriate delivery of twelve core functions:  Screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, therapy, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, reports and records keeping, and consultation.

Maintain complete and accurate records (paper and electronic), case notes, statistics, etc., as required by laws, regulations, agency or institution procedures. This is includes federal, state and regulations specific to multiply insurance companies along with the National Accreditation of the Behavioral Health department. As licensed individuals it is each person’s responsibly as outlined in each license to know the regulations of the state for which they are working.  Complete screening, assessments, treatment plans and all other documentation per program standards specifically as this relates to Alaska Medicaid, The Joint Commission, and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) requirements. Provide required reports and documentation to the client chart on a timely basis as required by Medicaid, The Joint Commission, and CARF. Participate and provide assistance in maintaining all state, federal, and industry accreditation laws and standards; as well as SEARHC policies and procedures. Maintain appropriate records in confidential manner according to program policy. Document the provision of services in charting that meets all requirements for state and national accreditation standards within the applications of practice.  Prepare and review treatment and discharge summaries.

Coordinate with other corporate and community social service resources on both programmatic and case work basis to assure appropriate services are utilized for optimum client care. Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings, assist in developing and monitoring treatment plans, and consult with other professional staff regularly as needed.

Provides scheduled staff trainings/meetings and help staff integrate new information/practices into delivery of treatment services.
Incorporate SEARHC Quality Management concepts and skills into delivery of client services. Assist and complete all billing duties assigned by lead program clinical personnel. Complete all required provider enrollment documentation as requested timely.

Qualifications
  • Master's in Social Work or Counseling, LPC prefer
  • Must be 21 years old, wilderness exp. prefer
  • Must be willing to relocate to Wrangell, AK
Benefits
  • Vision
  • 401(k)
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Life Insurance
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To apply, please send your resume to stephaniea@searhc.org
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Last Updated: 9/19/19