Job Overview


The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures.  Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-14-AQ-1036919-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

This position is located at the New Sunrise Regional Treatment Center (NSRTC) and reports to the Clinical Director.  The NSRTC is part of a system of care for adolescents with substance/mental health programs.  The services are integrated with the overall program services to residents who are being treated for substance abuse and corresponding mental health problems.

Area of Consideration: All Sources


  • Provides assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy utilizing a broad range of assessment and therapeutic resources as indicated by the specific needs of child, juvenile and adult individuals and groups, and their families.
  • Conducts psychological tests and functions as an authoritative source of information for differentiating between organic and functional causes of emotional disturbances and/or behaviors.  
  • Promotes and preserves a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional treatment staff, participates in developing treatment programs for patients, and advises and consults with all levels of professional staff concerning psychological characteristics and behavior changes of clients.
  • Provides thorough and concise written documentation of evaluations, treatment and case management services, psychological test summaries, treatment plans, referrals, and correspondence.
  • Provides individual, group, and family counseling sessions for patients.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No