Mental Health Counselor

The incumbent provides a range of psychological assessment, and case management services for individuals, groups.


Health and Wellness/Equine Therapy Program

Pay Grade:


Job Description:

This is a community-based position that serves residents of the Pueblo of San Felipe. The incumbent provides a range of psychological assessment, diagnostic, therapeutic, and case management services for individuals, couples, groups, and families as appropriate to the specific expectations of the position. The incumbent will work under the direct guidance of the Equine Program Lead Clinical Supervisor. Incumbent may provide practical training and guidance to clinicians and paraprofessional staff, as required.


  • Provides counseling, therapy and/or equine-assisted psychotherapy to patients and families as appropriate to the position; prepares assessments, treatment plans, discharge plans and follow-up care programs; provides therapeutic crisis intervention and emergency services as applicable.
  • Collects information about patients through interview, observation, case history, and psychological testing applicable; evaluates information to identify causes of presenting problems and to determine proper therapeutic approach including referral to other specialists.
  • Provides caseload management; prepares individualized services for outpatient and inpatient placement and discharge as applicable.
  • Provides and/or arranges for therapeutic interventions (including equine-assisted psychotherapy) as appropriate for patients in a crisis.
  • Consults with other therapists and related professional and paraprofessional staff; refers patients to service agencies as appropriate for patient care.
  • Participates in the review of clinical issues and program policies and procedures.
  • Participants in, leads, and/or coordinates training sessions and workshops to enhance or develop treatment skills.
  • May lead Peer Support Specialist in performance of clinical duties.
  • Coordinates and integrates activities with other department of San Felipe including: Health and Wellness, Education, Tribal Court, Head Start and all others deemed necessary for appropriate sharing of resources and services to benefit the Pueblo of San Felipe.
  • As “Essential Staff” may be required to be available for no-call duty coverage and must be prepared to work on days determined to be Tribal Holidays or Administrative Leave.


  • Education: Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or directly related field.
  • Experience/Basic Knowledge: Five years of directly related experience with substance use that may include internship/or practicum.
  • Required Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license. NM Licensure LPCC, LPC, LMHC, LMSW, LCSW or equivalent level. in addition, Substance use NM LADAC preferred and/or five or more years of relevant training and experience.
  • Physical Requirements: Must have manual dexterity to enter and retrieve data from a computer. Ability to sit and stand for long periods. Bends and stoops regularly.
  • Preferences: San Felipe Tribal Member and Veteran’s Preference.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience practicing in a family-centered environment.
  • Experience practicing in a culturally and linguistically diverse setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding and acceptance or working as a member of a multidisciplinary team and familiarity with the wraparound approach to comprehensive community-based care.
  • Experience in collaborating with family members, youth and community cultural stakeholders through active involvement with the community.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based treatments/practices, practice-based evidence, and community-defined evidence.
  • Openness and flexibility in tailoring the service/support delivery system to meet the clinical and cultural needs of the population of focus by being willing to listen and learn from the community itself through an inclusive planning process.

Demonstrated positive experience with:

  • Ability to apply mental health counseling methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of community mental health resources including traditional modalities.
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques including substance use.
  • Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures through use of electronic records. Microsoft Office software including: Windows, Word, Access and Excel.
  • Knowledge of case management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, programs and methodology.
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical mental health counseling and social work principles, methods, procedures, and standards.
  • Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic treatments and to make individual modification.
  • Ability to maintain an effective regimen of self-care.
  • Knowledge of psychological test administration, scoring and interpretation.
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patients’ rights.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.

Working Conditions:

Works in office. Sits for long periods of time and types.

Additional Info:

*Note*This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by this employee. He or She will be required to follow any other instructions or to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.

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