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Providence Health & Services Clinical Assessment Specialist - Psychiatric Emergency Department in Anchorage, Alaska


Providence is calling a Mental Health Assessment Specialist ( Psychiatric Emergency Department , Variable Shift, 0.9 FTE) to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

In this position you will:

  • Perform comprehensive assessments of patients and the relevant systems to formulate diagnoses and plan appropriate interventions.

  • Serve as a conduit for accurate and timely information to key people on potential or current patients.

  • Document information appropriately.

  • Provide crisis intervention and appropriate referrals to inpatient and community services.

  • Provide information and consultations to patients, potential patients, families, significant others, physicians, hospital staff, and to communities in general to assess mental health needs.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work or other related field or

  • Ph.D. in Psychology or other related field

  • 3 years clinical experience in the mental health field

  • Current licensure in the State of Alaska as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT), Psychologist or eligibility for licensure within 6 months of employment.

  • If Licensed Master Social Worker, clinical licensure must be obtained within two years of initial employment.

  • If Licensed Psychologist is temporary, full clinical licensure must be obtained within five years of initial employment.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Advanced knolwedge and expertise in the assessment of substance misuse and abuse, mental capacity and disability, mental illness, adult protection, child protection, domestic violence, psychosocial crisis, bereavement and the dynamics related to homelessness and ciminogenic thinking as it relates to behavioral health crises.

  • Advanced de-escalation skils and knowledge of techniques for patient and caregiver safety in the acute psychiatric setting.

  • Knolwedge of services areas and issues related to the continuum of care such as: entitlement programs, prescription assistance, public housing, homeless services, alternative housing services, and statewide Designated Evaluation and Treatment Services.

  • Advanced brief psycho-therapeutic intervention and counseling skills.

  • Possesses technical clinical writing skills necessary for the completion of a comprehensive suicide, homicide and grave disability risk assessment as well as petitions filed with the Alaska Third Judicial District Court.

  • Current knowledge of bio-psycho-social aspects of illness, disability and death and the ability to apply this knowledge in a professional and compassionate manner in direct services to patients, their families, out-patient providers, and treating health care providers.

  • Advanced organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced emergency department.

  • The ability to work well independently and as a team member within a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Efficient multi-tasking; the ability to work with multiple patients at one time while providing excellent and timely care to all served.

  • Working knowledge of criteria for reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, and other funding sources.

About Providence Alaska Medical Center

Providence Health & Services Alaska is among nation’s best employers for healthy lifestyles! The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, has honored Providence Alaska for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging our caregivers (employees) and families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health has awarded Providence Alaska Medical Center with its Quality Achievement Award for high-quality care in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention. This is the highest honor awarded by Mountain-Pacific.

As the state’s largest hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center provides full-service, comprehensive care to all Alaskans, a role unmatched by any other in the state. Within our community, you will find top notch ski resorts, kayaking, and wildlife. Enjoying the outdoors is just one of many reasons to live in and explore Alaska!

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Counseling

Location: Alaska-Anchorage

Req ID: 251292