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Education and Outreach Specialist, Fairbanks, AK

Organization: Tanana Chiefs Conference
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Date Job Posted: December 20, 2021
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Job incumbent will provide and coordinate indicated prevention strategies for 10-24 year old individuals in the rural TCC communities with early signs of suicide risk. Strategies may be provided through groups or individually to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors and include skill-building support groups, parent support training programs, resource identification for individual high-risk youth, and referral sources for crisis intervention and treatment.

Adhere to the TCC Ch'eghwtsen' model of service and guiding principle which requires providing timely and effective service along with the ability to interact with others in a way that inspires trust and demonstrates respect, compassion and empathy.

Essential Functions: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbent(s).

Representative Duties: Under the general supervision of the Wellness Project Coordinator job incumbent will:

  1. Assist in and advocate for all aspects of mental health promotion, education, information, and community development related to suicide prevention.
  2. Work with rural communities and foster liaison relationships/partnerships with tribal leadership, schools, and local agencies to provide wellness and prevention education, increase referrals, and identify persons in need of suicide prevention gatekeeper training.
  3. Assess ongoing community needs and provide education on specific topics related to suicide prevention, wellness and mental health.
  4. Support youth and their families at high risk for suicide by providing education, advocacy, and applying knowledge of prevention programs to enhance protective factors against risks.
  5. Work collaboratively and respectfully with existing mental/behavioral health specialists and other health professionals such as Doctors, Nurses, and social workers.
  6. Communicate with partner agency on the needs of youth and their families at risk for suicide.
  7. Exhibit or develop proficiency in trauma-informed care, stages of change, motivational interviewing, and when to make an appropriate referral to behavioral health.
  8. Function as a liaison in making appropriate referrals and completing warm handoffs within the service system for ongoing engagement of youth and their families at risk for suicide.
  9. Facilitate supportive services to youth into rural communities. To include but not limited to talking circles, American Indian Life Skills, and Sources of Strength.
  10. Maintain knowledge of community resources, making appropriate community referrals, and follow up procedures.
  11. Maintain compliance with data collection requirements. Complete and submit routine paperwork in a timely manner.
  12. Complete reports and documentation in a timely manner as required by the program supervisor, funding sources, and agency policy. Document all client services in accordance with program procedures. Keeps client documentation and reports current.
  13. Adhere to the confidentiality of client records in accordance with 42 CFR Part II, HIPAA and FERPA regulations.

Other Responsibilities: 1. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree in the field of Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or related Human Services; emphasis in the practice of Behavioral Health preferred. Candidate may have a combination of work and educational experience to meet general degree requirement.
  2. One year experience in Behavioral Health preferred.
  3. Must pass background check pursuant to federal Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act requirements.
  4. Must pass background check pursuant to Alaska DHSS and federal Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act requirements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Experience with youth and family systems preferred.
  2. Familiarity with Alaska Native Traditions and Cultures.
  3. Knowledge of community agencies and local support systems.
  4. Strong verbal communication, analytical and interpersonal skills required.
  5. Must have initiative and prioritizing skills.
  6. Must work as part of a team providing quality care.
  7. Must have strong computer skills using word programs.
  8. Knowledge and ability to adhere to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act (HIPAA) and 42 CFR Part 2 confidentiality regulations.
  9. Extensive village travel.
  10. Refrain from illegal use of drug and alcohol.

Supervision: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

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Reference: Vacancy: IRC39765

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