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Intake Clinical Therapist Full-time

at AK Child & Family Alaska in Alaska (Published at 25-10-2021)

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Intake Clinical Therapist is responsible for conducting admission assessment on students for consideration to AK Child & Family programs.

  • This includes meeting with referral sources, collection of psychological/psychiatric/bio-psychosocial and family histories.
  • Responsible for performing mental status evaluations, completing the admission assessment form(s) and providing a written recommendation based on the results of the admission assessment.
  • Responsible for presenting the results of the admission assessment to the director of admissions and to the program director or his/her designee(s) for the final decision.
  • Adheres to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The Joint Commission and OCS licensing.
  • Expected to abide by all safety rules and regulations of the facility.
  • The responsibilities of the Intake Clinical Therapist are carried out according to AK Child &Family policies, and mission of AK Child & Family and its philosophy of care.
  • Assumes additional duties as assigned.*
  • All positions at AK Child & Family may have responsibilities altered during the course of employment due to agency imperatives.

?AK Child & Family practices the Sanctuary Model which is a non-hierarchical, highly participatory, trauma-informed and evidence-supported whole culture approach, which helps the organization function in a safe, democratic and socially responsible manner and thereby provide effective treatment for clients and the community. We expect all of our employees, families and students to learn, understand and implement this model as part of their daily responsibilities and commitment to the culture of this agency.?


Benefits are available to both Part-Time and Full-Time employees!

Health Benefits:

  • Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, & Vision ? with HRA!
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Group Life and AD&D
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program

Other Benefits:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) - 13 hours/month in 1st year and then increases
  • 2 Floating Holidays/year
  • 6 Observed Holidays: double-time pay for working on the Holiday
  • Bonuses: Longevity & Referral
  • Educational Support Program


  • $41,500-$55,000 DOE & Licensure
  • Variances are available based on approval.
  • 3% pay increase after successful completion of 6-month Intro Period.
  • Annual raises are based on the annual budget and not guaranteed each year.

Supervision and Coordination of Services:
  • The Intake Clinical Therapist reports to the Director of Admissions.
  • Clinical supervision for assessments is performed by the program director, who is a Licensed Independent Practitioner.
  • A member of the admissions department and works collaboratively with other members of the department.
  • Adheres to the professional ethics of the American Psychological Association or the National Association of Social Workers (MSW only).
  • Collaborates and coordinates services with all staff via established committees and performance improvement activities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The Intake Clinical Therapist must have the ability to relate to and experience in working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents and the families.
  • Knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and assessment, child/adolescent development, family systems, separation and loss, physical and sexual abuse, and trauma is essential.
  • Must demonstrate psychosocial assessment, advocacy skills and case management skills and must have excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to function on an interdisciplinary team is necessary, and s/he must demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needs population.

Education and experience:

  • The Intake Clinical Therapist must hold at minimum a Masters Degree in psychology, counseling, or social work from an accredited school is required.
  • Two years post-graduate experience in working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents and their families is preferred.
  • Experience working in a residential setting as well as demonstrated knowledge of outpatient settings is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in cognitive therapy, sexual abuse treatment, individual and family therapies is preferred.

Physical Demands:
  • Efficiently access all buildings on all campuses for meetings, training, reviews, etc.
  • Drive a vehicle between campuses, to referral sources, meetings, other job related duties
  • Do both data entry and word processing with a personal computer at a minimum of 45 words per minute.
  • Work with files stored in cabinets to 55" high; use copy machines that are 44" high.
  • Handle and transport records and notebooks weighing up to 20 lbs. and utilize standard telephone for long periods of time.

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