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Cherokee Nation Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Muskogee, Oklahoma

Uses the application of mental health and developmental principles in order to facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the life span by conducting assessments or diagnosing for the purpose of establishing treatment goals and objectives within the boundaries of competence based on education, training, supervised experience, state, and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience.

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 States executed under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Practices only within the boundaries of competence, based on documented education, 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 the 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 client the rationale for the use of assessment techniques in order to facilitate understanding. Develops a diagnostic evaluation of the client's condition(s) based on the results of all assessments in order to provide an integrated approach to treatment planning based on the client's strengths, weaknesses, identified problems, and needs and explains results to the client in an understandable manner. Identifies and ranks problems based on individual client needs in the written treatment plan and formulates 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 setting. Provides individualized 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 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 makes every effort to ensure that their services are used appropriately. Maintains alertness to personal, social, organizational, financial, and political situations or pressures that might lead to the misuse of influence. Knows the limits of their competence and performs only those testing and assessment services for which they have been trained. Ensures standardization and proper application and security of any technique utilized. Completes training in the construct being measured and the specific instrument being used prior to using computer-based test interpretations. Plans, designs, conducts, and reports research only in a manner consistent with their current professional code of ethics, the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, pertinent ethical principles, federal and state laws, rules, and scientific standards governing research with human subjects.

Demonstrates competence by certification, education or experience in the subject matter relevant to the issues in question and must certify in writing that they have complied with all applicable provisions of the Rules and Regulations when performing forensic services, which include, but are not limited to, assessments, interviews, consultations, custody evaluations, reports, or expert testimony, or other such activity that is undertaken or conducted by the candidate or licensee in contemplation that the results may, or are intended to be, later furnished to a tier of fact or another decision maker. Also prepares a written report and includes a separate section therein containing the author's findings and conclusions relative to their analysis and provides to the person who is the subject of their forensic analysis, and such other person or persons who has/have a legally recognizable right in the subject matter of the proceeding, which may be directly adversely affected by the findings and conclusions made by the candidate or licensee, a copy of the written report at no cost to the person or persons entitled to receive a copy of the written report. The copy(ies) must be provided at least ten (10) days prior to the report's publication unless otherwise required by law or court order. Provides fact witness testimony in forensic matters involving that client, unless otherwise required by law or court order. Fact witness testimony means an evidentiary statement that is limited to direct observations made by the LPC candidate or licensee and shall not include conclusions, opinions or recommendations. Assessments, interviews, consultations, custody evaluations, reports or other activity not performed in contemplation that the results would be furnished to a tier of fact or decision maker, must be kept confidential and cannot be utilized in the formation or publication of an opinion by the candidate or licensee. 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. Obtains written consent from the joint-custodial parents, custodial parent, legal guardian or legal custodian appointed by the Court before conducting interviews of minor children. Obtains written informed consent of clients BEFORE audio/ video recording or permitting third party observation of their activities. Complies with the applicable state, tribal, and federal regulations in regard to the security, safety, and confidentiality of any behavioral health services record they create, maintain, transfer, or destroy, whether the record is written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium. Provides the client a copy of the client's record in accordance with state and federal laws. Maintains verifiable records at an institution or facility that has a published records retention 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. 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 clinical data through systematic assessment methods in order to provide relevant data for the planning process. Forwards data to the Director. Notifies the Oklahoma State Department of Health within thirty (30) days of any change in address, telephone number, and employment and shall make necessary adjustments on the Statement of Professional Disclosure, supplying an updated copy to the Oklahoma Department of Health and Cherokee Nation Human Resources. Furnishes a copy of the Statement of Professional Disclosure, and in the case of a candidate, signed by the supervisor and the candidate, to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 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 rights and responsibilities of both the LPC and the client. 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 designated by the Oklahoma State Board of Health. Renews licenses, certifications and specialty designations before the expiration date. Displays the original license and current license verification card in a prominent place in the primary location of practice and a current license verification card shall be readily available on the LPC's person at any time counseling services are being provided. Provides Cherokee Nation Human Resources with a copy of the Statement of Professional Disclosure, all licensures, certifications, renewal of licensures and certifications, and certifications of supervision from each Board that has granted 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 emergency room. Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

May directly supervises one (1) to seven (7) employees in Behavioral Health/Jack Brown. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT

Must possess at least a master's degree in counseling, or a mental health related graduate degree deemed substantially content-equivalent. All graduate course work applied toward licensure shall be from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by the United States Department of Education.

At least sixty (60) semester credit hours or ninety (90) quarter credit hours of graduate counseling-related course work, including internship, shall be earned. As a part of the required sixty (60) semester credit hours or ninety (90) quarter credit hours of graduate curriculum, one (1) or more courses of at least three (3) semester credit hours or four (4) quarter credit hours per course in each of the following core counseling areas:

(1) Human growth and development – at least one (1) course which deals with the process stages of human intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of any of the stages of life from prenatal through old age.

(2) Abnormal human behavior – at least one (1) course which offers a study of the principles of understanding dysfunction in human behavior or social disorganization.

(3) Appraisal/assessment techniques – at least two (2) courses which deal with the principles, concepts, and procedures of systematic appraisal, assessment, or interpretation of client needs, abilities, and characteristics, which may include the use of both testing and non-testing approaches.

(4) Counseling theories/methods – at least two (2) courses which survey the major theories and/or techniques of counseling.

(5) Professional orientation/ethics – at least one (1) course which deals primarily with the objectives of professional counseling organizations, codes of ethics, legal aspects of practice, standards of preparation and the role of persons providing direct counseling services.

(6) Research – at least one (1) course in the methods of social science or mental health research which includes the study of statistics or a thesis project in an area relevant to the practice of counseling.

(7) Practicum/internship – at least one (1) course of an organized practicum with at least three hundred (300) clock hours in counseling with planned experiences providing classroom and field experience with clients under the supervision of college or university approved counseling professionals.

(8) Knowledge areas – at least five (5) courses of at least three (3) semester credit hours or four (4) quarter credit hours each from the knowledge areas listed below.

(A) Group dynamics

(B) Lifestyle and career development

(C) Social and cultural foundations

(D) Personality theories

(E) Crisis intervention

(F) Marriage/family counseling

(G) Addictions counseling

(H) Rehabilitation counseling

(I) Gerontology

(J) Human sexuality

(K) Counseling with children/adolescents

(L) Clinical supervision

(M) Psychopharmacology

(N) Consultation

(O) Physical and Emotional Health

(P) Specialty areas when established

COMPUTER SKILLS

An individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

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. Possess and maintains a Professional Counselor License issued by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Possess and maintains Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. If supervising a "candidate," must possess and maintain approval from the "Board" of the "candidate" which they are to supervise. Must possess and maintain certification and training for any assessment that requires it to be administered and interpreted.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Ability to speak Cherokee a plus.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Must meet and maintain pre-employment and periodic background investigation and adjudication for childcare. Employee must not be and will not be under sanction by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector 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).

ID: 2020-19641

Closing Date: 12/01/2020

Posting Salary: $60,000.00 Annually

Childcare/Law Enforcement Position: Yes

External Company URL: www.cherokee.org

Post End Date: 12/2/2020

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