Job Opening

Bulletin Number: BSD-BHF140400

POSITION Clinical Psychologist
DIVISION Behavioral Services Division/Behavioral Health Fireweed Clinic
CLOSE DATE Open Until Closed


Diagnosis, treatment, and psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults.


Customer Care & Relationships:

  1. Creates, develops, and nurtures culturally appropriate interactions and connections with each other, customer-owners, and the community.
  2. Consults and coordinates with health care providers working in other departments and in other locations. 

·         Provides assistance to the health care providers by answering questions regarding customer-owner care. 

·         Works in coordination with the health care providers and case managers to develop treatment plans for customer-owners.

Communications & Teamwork:

  1. Shares and receives information, opinions, concerns, and feedback in a supportive manner.
  2. Works collaboratively by building bridges, and creating rapport with team members within departments and across the organization.
  3. Works with all other staff in the department as a member of the department and the system. 

·         Participates in fulfilling the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the organization

·         Assists in committee and other duties within the department.

·         Maintains a clean work environment including adequate supplies and upkeep of unit and equipment. Reports defective or missing equipment and safety hazards. Assists in disaster planning and activities.

·         Coordinates and works with other team members to ensure the efficient and effective flow of customer-owners though the department.

  1. Communicates effectively with staff.

·         Provides clear and concise verbal and written instructions and ensures that instructions are understood by listening and asking for feedback.

·         Writes customer-owner notes that are legible in order to provide adequate information for other health care providers.

·         Uses the computer system to assist in the delivery of quality customer-owner care.

·         Applies customer service guidelines appropriate for the situation.

  1. Knowledge and skill in effective communication.

Improvement & Innovation:

  1. Makes meaningful improvement to services, program, and processes and/or organizational effectiveness that creates new value for customer-owners and employees.

Workforce Development Skills & Abilities:

  1. Seeks out additional learning opportunities to continue to develop the technical and professional skills needed now and in the future.
  2. Takes responsibility for all work activities and personal actions by following through on commitments.
  3. Performs evaluations and therapy for a wide range of mental health disorders using current modalities of treatment, including individual, group, family, and child therapies.

·         Assesses treatment needs of the client base, and designs and implements various group therapies as indicated to best meet client needs. 

·         Provides individual and group therapy. 

·         Establishes and maintains liaison with other related professional services within the organization to ensure that all clinical requirements are provided for customer-owners.

·         Participates in day and night time on-call coverage for care of customer-owners with emergent psychiatric needs with psychopharmacologic backup provided by staff psychiatrist and advanced nurse practitioners as needed. 

·         Obtains complete and accurate information in order to determine a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. 

·         Works with other staff to ensure that appropriate diagnostic evaluations and treatment plans are achieved in order to provide high quality care for the customer-owner.

  1. Provides consultative services to departments and other locations on mental health issues. 

·         Provides input on mental health policies, procedures, and programs to improve the health of the community served.

·         Provides professional expertise and leadership in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and administration of a variety of educational and training programs in the field.

·         Develops educational, training materials and conducts sessions or disseminates information to medical and nursing staff and others on recent advances in the field.

·         Counsels and instructs customer-owners and family members either directly or by referral.

  1. Works in coordination with the Quality Assurance Team and management to develop and implement a quality assurance program.

·         Monitors the quality of care delivered.  

·         Completes charts reviews on a regular basis.

·         Provides and receives feedback on quality of care being delivered to ensure JCAHO and other regulatory standards are met as they apply to the department.

·         Abides by policies, procedures and bylaws.

  1. Knowledge of assessment techniques, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of developmental psychology.
  3. Knowledge of and ability to accurately use DSM-IV diagnoses and to develop appropriate treatment plans.
  4. Knowledge of and experience with evaluating suicidal individuals or individual’s in crisis and managing their safe disposition.
  5. Knowledge of and experience working with sexual abuse and domestic violence issues.
  6. Knowledge of and experience with a broad repertoire of psychotherapeutic skills from a variety of theoretical perspectives e.g. play therapy with children, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy with adults, psychoeducational therapy and family therapy.  Group therapy experience and documented individual therapy skills are essential.
  7. Comfort with the coordination of customer-owner care in remote locations (phone consultation, etc.).
  8. Knowledge of 1974 Privacy Act is required as use of customer-owner record is an integral part of the position and privacy of individuals must be protected to the fullest.
  9. Skill in empathic interpersonal relationships is a priority for this position since the perception of the customer-owner must be that the staff is interested in attending to their needs.
  10. Ability to work easily and in a friendly manner with the general public and occasionally handle the hostile or disgruntled customer-owner.
  11. Ability to maintain quality, safety and infection control standards.



SCF programs are established for the purpose of serving a primary population comprised of Alaska Natives who are affiliated with the Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), and Alaska Natives and American Indians within SCF’s geographical service area.  Employees should have a thorough understanding of the cultures and the needs of the CIRI members, and of the general culture and needs of Alaska Natives and American Indians.  Such knowledge is critical in order to ensure the achievement of the mission and vision of SCF: working together with the Native community to provide the best services with Native staff who value the family and family wellness as the heart of the Native community.

  1. Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. 
  2. Licensed or license eligible.
  3. One (1) year of post graduate clinical experience. 

Working Environment:

·         Employee may be exposed to: None.

·         Noise level: Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers and printers, light traffic)

 Physical Demands:

·         Position requires: stand (under 1/3 time); walk (under 1/3 time); sit (to 2/3 time); use hands to finger, handle or feel (to 2/3 time); talk or hear (over 2/3 time).

·         Weight lifted or force exerted: Up to 10 pounds (over 2/3 time), Up to 25 pounds (under 1/3 time)

·         Special vision requirements: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)

·         Additional physical demands: this position requires driving; employee may be required to work holidays, evenings, weekends, and nights; employee must be able to respond when needed by prompt appearance at a required location; employee may be required to provide customer-owner care in the customer-owner’s home or in other locations away from employee’s primary work site; travel may be required; the employee is able to work under physically and emotionally stressed conditions.

Age and Customer-Owner Population(s) Served:

Age of Customer-Owner Population Served


·         Pediatric (1-12 yrs)

·         Adolescent (13-17 yrs)

·         Adult (18-64 yrs)

·         Geriatric (65 yrs & older)

·         All populations


Please complete an online application by clicking the 'Apply' button at the top/bottom of this page. For more information contact SCF Human Resources by Email or (907) 729-4977 or Toll free at 1-800-478-3343

Preference will not be given unless certification is submitted to Human Resources (a copy is acceptable).