The Klamath Tribes
POSITION: MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
RESPONSIBLE TO: Clinical Supervisor
GS-11 $50,532 – $65,682 Annual/Full Benefits GS-12 $60,560 – $78,728 Annual/Full Benefits GS-13 Only for Employees with 10+ years of Service Rendered with the Klamath Tribes.
CLASSIFICATION: Professional, Regular, Full-time
LOCATION: Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services
Youth & Family Guidance Center
Klamath Falls, OR
BACKGROUND: P.L. 101-630 Level
The primary purpose of the Mental Health Therapist will be to provide evaluation and therapeutic services to eligible Tribal Members. The Mental Health Therapist will make appropriate referrals and will be responsible for ensuring services are meeting the needs of clients and that services being provided are in accordance with professional practices and legal requirements. Routine duties shall include providing health care related services to individuals eligible for services provided by Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services in homes, schools, clinics, alternate job sites and other community locations within the Klamath Tribes’ Service Unit.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services
3949 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: (541) 882-1487 or 1-800-552-6290
HR Fax: (541) 273-4564
Opens: 02/12/2021 Closes: Until Filled
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1. Assess, develop, implement, and evaluate an effective and efficient treatment plan
that will appropriately meet the needs of individual clients, utilizing program, agency
and community resources.
2. Perform comprehensive diagnostic intake interviews and brief crisis assessments.
3. Utilize evidence based, practice based, and culturally appropriate interventions in
individual, group, and family therapy. Plan frequency, intensity, and duration of
4. Provide treatment in outreach locations, as needed, such as jail, home visits and
schools. Provide brief solution focused treatment in primary care setting, as
5. Follow clinical guidelines for best practice, including level of care decisions and
appropriate referrals. Collaborate with Substance Treatment Counselors, Case
Managers, and Psychiatric Med Managers to provide comprehensive care.
6. Assist clients in navigation through other community systems such as schools,
courts, and primary care.
7. Advocate for client needs and assist clients with linkage to other community
resources and support services.
8. Prepare clinical documentation and billing forms according to agency and
9. Participate in clinical staffing/triage meetings to discuss appropriate referrals and
review charts for quality assurance, and grant or contract compliance.
10. Participate in group and/or individual clinical supervision in accordance with
licensure and ethics requirements.
11. Network with other professionals, in various Oregon DHS programs, Tribal
Administration programs, criminal justice system, schools and health care systems,
as needed to implement effective treatment.
12. Provide information for the monthly department report to the Behavioral Health
Director, when requested.
13. Participate in the development and implementation of new services, as needed.
14. Participate in accreditation and site reviews, as needed.
15. The incumbent will be called upon to accomplish other tasks within their scope of
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The Mental Health Therapist works under the direct supervision of the Clinical
Supervisor, who provides general instructions. Work is assigned in terms of
functional/organizational objectives. The supervisor will provide guidance with unusual
situations that do not have clear precedents. The Clinical Supervisor will monitor and
review work of unlicensed Mental Health Therapists, as required when working toward
The employee works independently, resolves problems on the basis of past precedent;
exercises judgment interpreting guidelines and applicability; and ensures deadlines are
The employee plans and carries out various stages of a project by selecting and using
approved methods and techniques as appropriate. Assignments are reviewed for
quality and compliance with established policies and procedures.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
Knowledge of theories, principles, and practice to include various theoretical models of
psychotherapy; psychological assessment and report writing; crisis intervention; and
ethical issues in the practice of mental health counseling. If a Licensed Psychologist,
knowledge of both cognitive and personality psychological testing and report writing.
Knowledge of psychotropic medications, treatment interventions for dual diagnosis,
family systems theory, and trauma informed care models.
Knowledge of the psychological effects of illness on individuals and their families, and
the role of psychological factors in the exacerbation of illness.
Skill in providing diagnostic, preventative and/or therapeutic services to clients.
Ability to meet all state licensing requirements, including obtaining clinical supervision
and adequate direct client service hours in preparation for independent licensure or
adequate CEUs to maintain independent licensure.
Ability to obtain and maintain necessary licensure.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to compile information to aid clients in carrying out treatment objectives.
Ability to function positively in an environment of limited resources.
Ability to relate well with a diverse group of people, including staff and the public.
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Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of medical records and adhere to the standards
for health record-keeping, HIPAA and Privacy Act requirements.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION
Minimum Qualifications: Failure to comply with minimum position requirements may
result in termination of employment.
REQUIRED to have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology; OR a
Master’s Degree in Counseling, or Couples and Family Therapy, or Clinical Social
Work. (Must submit copy of degree or transcripts with application.)
REQUIRED to obtain independent Oregon licensure within two years from date of
hire, if unlicensed at time of hire. Out of state licensed professionals must be able to
acquire an Oregon License within six months of hire. Klamath Tribal Health will
reimburse up to $500 of the cost for testing and license. (Must submit copy of
applicable license with application, if currently licensed).
REQUIRED to have a minimum of one (1) year of clinical experience. Clinical
practicum, internship, and post-graduate supervised training may count toward this
REQUIRED to possess and maintain a valid Oregon Driver’s License, (out of state
applicants must receive ODL within 90 days of hire), have good driving record and be
insurable by the Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services’ vehicle insurance policy.
(Must submit copy of driver license with application.)
REQUIRED to have experience in the assessment of suicide risk, self-injurious
behavior, and all high-risk behaviors; case management of high-risk clients.
REQUIRED to have experience with clients who have been victims of physical and/or
psychological trauma, with attention to early intervention.
REQUIRED to be free from exclusion from providing Federal health care benefits
including Medicare and Medicaid as per the Federal OIG and GSA exclusion lists.
REQUIRED to submit to annual TB skin testing and adhere to KTHFS staff
immunization policy in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control
immunization recommendations for healthcare workers.
REQUIRED to submit to and clear an alcohol/drug screen and random testing as per
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REQUIRED to submit to a background and character investigation, as per Tribal
policy. Following hire must immediately report to Human Resource any citation, arrest,
conviction for a misdemeanor or felony crime.
REQUIRED to acquire and maintain BLS certification within 180 days of hire; strongly
recommend certification within 90 days of hire, probationary period will be
extended for a maximum of 180 days pending certification.
REQUIRED to accept the responsibility of a mandatory reporter of abuse and
neglect of infants and children, people who are elderly or dependent, individuals
with mental illness or developmental disabilities or residents of nursing homes and
other health care facilities. This includes reporting any evidence of physical injury,
neglect, sexual or emotional abuse or financial exploitation.
Independent licensure as LPC, LCSW, or Clinical Psychologist is strongly preferred.
Experience working with a multidisciplinary team is strongly preferred.
Experience working with Native Americans is strongly preferred.
Experience in program development is preferred.
Indian and Tribal Preference will apply, as per policy. (Must submit tribal
documentation with application to qualify for Indian Preference).
This position description is intended to provide an overview of the requirements of the
position. It is not necessarily inclusive and the job may require other essential and/or
non-essential functions, tasks, duties, or responsibilities not listed herein. Management
reserves the sole right to add, modify, or exclude any essential or non-essential
requirement at any time with or without notice. Nothing in this job description, or by
the completion of any requirement of the job by the employee, is intended to create a
contract of employment of any type.
Submit an Indian Health Services Application for Medical Staff Appointment and/or
Privileges with all requirements and supporting documentation to:
Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services
ATTN: Human Resource
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To apply for this job email your details to CHARLENE.HESCOCK@KLM.PORTLAND.IHS.GOV