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Residential Clinical Therapist - $1,500 Sign-On Bonus!!
Job Code:2022-362
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities:

$1,500 Sign-On Bonus for full-time hires!!**

Do you have a passion for working with children and families? Are you ready to put your hard-earned education to use providing the structure, care and expertise to help young people build strong, positive, health lives? All this and a $1,500 dollar bonus for full-time hires!!!

We are looking for gifted therapists that want to work full-time, part-time or relief.

What makes us special? We practice 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.
  • As the Residential Clinical Therapist (Res CT) you will provide comprehensive clinical and case management services to students and their families.
  • Services will include individual, family, group therapies, crisis intervention, advocacy, assessment, planning, discharge planning, interdisciplinary teamwork and community liaison.
  • Additionally, you will formulate and implement appropriate treatment strategies for students and their families on their assigned caseload and for timely and satisfactory documentation of all treatment efforts.
  • You will adhere to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The Joint Commission and OCS licensing as well as all safety rules and regulations of the facility.
  • Responsibilities of the Res CT 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.

Along with applying on our website please submit a resume to  We will need the resume for you to be considered for employment.  

** The $1,500 dollar bonus for full-time hires is paid in 3 $500 installments. The first at the conclusion of your orientation, the second at your 6 month anniversary, and the final at your one-year anniversary.

All employees with AK Child & Family are required to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid COVID vaccine mandate. The mandate requires that by 2/14/22, staff at all health care facilities must have received their first dose of a 2-shot series (Moderna or Pfizer, currently) or a single dose of a 1-shot vaccine (Johnson and Johnson, currently) with the exception of those that have sought and been granted an exemption to the COVID mandate. Staff must complete this step before they can provide any care, treatment or other services for the facility and/or its patients. By 3/15/22, all staff with the exception of those that have sought and been granted an exemption to the COVID mandate, must complete the primary vaccination series.

We have full-time, part-time, and relief positions available.

Health Benefits for Full-Time:

  • Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, & Vision
  • Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Group Life and AD&D
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program

Other benefits for full-time and part-time:

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) - 13 hours/month in 1st year and then increases
  • 2 Floating Holidays/year6 Observed
  • Holidays: double-time pay for working on the Holiday
  • Bonuses: Longevity & Referral


  • $55,000 +DOE
  • $65,000 +DOE if licensed in the state of Alaska
  • Bonus in the amount of 1.5% of annual salary after successful completion of 6-month Intro Period and another at the 1-year anniversary.

Supervision and Coordination of Services:
  • The Residential Clinical Therapist reports to the Associate Director of Residential Services.
  • Collaborates with all other disciplines through interdisciplinary teamwork and assigned committee responsibilities.
  • A member of the clinical services department and coordinates clinical services with all members of the treatment team. 
  • Adheres to the professional ethics of the American Psychological Association or the National Association of Social Workers (M.S.W. only).
  • Collaborates and coordinates services with all staff via established committees and performance improvement activities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Residential Clinical Therapist must have the ability to relate to and experience in working with emotionally disturbed  children/adolescents and their families in a psychiatric or residential setting.
  • Knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and assessment, child/adolescent development, family systems therapy, separation and loss, physical/sexual abuse, trauma, individual and group therapies is essential.
  • Demonstrated psycho-social assessment, treatment planning, advocacy skills and case management skills; excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills; creativity/flexibility on delivery of services; and the ability to function on an interdisciplinary treatment team are essential components of the position.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needs population.
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and ability to travel between campuses and within the community.

Education and Experience:

  • A Residential Clinical Therapist must hold a Masters Degree in psychology, counseling, or social work from an accredited school.
  • Two years post-graduate experience working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents and their families preferred.
  • Experience working in a residential setting preferred.
  • Experience in cognitive therapies, sexual abuse treatment, play therapy and family therapy is preferred, pending specific clinical assignment.
  • Must obtain a license to practice mental health counseling/psychology in the state of Alaska as soon as eligible to sit for the exam, but no later than two years from initial date of employment at AK Child & Family.

Physical Demands:
  • The Residential Clinical Therapist must be able to drive a personal and/or AK Child & Family vehicle, transport students, and meet with families both on and off campuses. 
  • Must produce in a timely manner, assessments and other documentation required by AK Child & Family, insurance and referral sources. 
  • Must be able to produce legible student records and prepare reports using a computer. 
  • Must be able to meet with DJJ, OCS, insurance, and other mental health personnel related to students and their families as well as for networking and professional growth in person and via telephone. 
  • Must attend and participate in residential meetings on any AK Child & Family campus.