Team-oriented Behavioral Health Clinical Director with strong record of establishing solid relationships with American-Indian clients, co-workers, administration and Tribal programs.
Coordinator and facilitator of the first northern Arizona Regional Intertribal Behavioral Health Forum (2009).
Planning committee member, presenter, and panel moderator at Statewide Arizona American-Indian Behavioral Health Forum (2010, 2012).
Presenter of Nine-Voices Cultural Prevention model at MBRACE Life American-Indian suicide prevention awareness conferences (2006-2008).
Oversight and responsibility for the provision of behavioral health services in accordance with Arizona Licensure requirements and nationally recognized professional standards. Supervision of behavioral health staff. Development and implementation of policies and procedures. Preparation of statistical and narrative reports for grants, contracts, and Governing Board. Development and monitoring of budgets for Substance Abuse Program and Title V Mental Health Program. Provision of mental health counseling to adults and children in individual or group settings.
Served as the single point of contact between the Tribal Behavioral Health Agencies of 10 Tribal Nations and NARBHA's provider care network to ensure access to care, and resolution of issues for Title XIX and non-Title XIX eligible members in collaboration with NARBHA and 638 providers. Provided technical assistance to Tribal 638 Behavioral Health Agencies regarding delivery of behavioral health services and to NARBHA's provider network to ensure that Tribal members receive culturally appropriate behavioral health services. Coordinated with ADHS/DBHS and other state agencies regarding behavioral health needs of Tribal members.
Collaborated with local and regional behavioral health agencies, the Juvenile Prosecutor's office, and Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation to provide comprehensive services for students and their families. Conducted brief therapy and crisis intervention for students and families in an American-Indian public school environment. Coordinated and implemented prevention programs in accordance with the Arizona Prevention Research Center's best-practices service delivery model and Nine-Voices Cultural Prevention model for assessment and service delivery. Coordinated and implemented substance abuse and violence prevention counseling services under the Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Project federal grant.
Provided instruction and supervision to American-Indian graduate students with an emphasis on developing and applying effective multi-cultural counseling skills.
Provided consultation regarding adolescent issues such as substance abuse, conflict management and other needs of multi-ethnic adolescents. Team building with staff and with students in experiential-based ropes course.
Coordination of behavioral health service programming for children and families including therapeutic intervention in individual and group settings. Facilitated Botvin Life Skills curriculum in three local elementary schools. Counseled youth in detention. Coordinated Residential Treatment Center placements and also provided crisis on-call services.
Managed the Social Services Department at Long Term Care centers serving diverse populations, including American-Indian/Alaska Native residents. Assessed and wrote treatment plans in accordance with Medicare, Medicaid and Indian Health Service guidelines. Developed and implemented a cognitive-behavioral depression support group for geriatric patients.
Emphasis in Cultural Counseling and Self-Regulation
Minor in Sociology
Renewal in 2014
Master Trainer since 2012
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