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Intake Clinical Therapist
Job Code:2021-322
Department:Admissions and Standards
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities:

The IntakeClinical Therapist is responsible for conducting admission assessments onstudents for consideration to AK Child & Family programs. This includesmeeting with referral sources, collection of psychological/psychiatric/bio-psychosocial and family histories. The Intake Clinical Therapist is responsible for performing mentalstatus evaluations, completing the admission assessment form(s) and providing awritten recommendation based on the results of the admission assessment.  The Intake Clinical Therapist is responsiblefor presenting the results of the admission assessment to the director ofadmissions and to the program director or his/her designee(s) for the finaldecision.  The Intake Clinical Therapistadheres to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The JointCommission and OCS licensing.  The IntakeClinical Therapist is expected to abide by all safety rules and regulations ofthe facility.  The responsibilities ofthe Intake Clinical Therapist are carried out according to AK Child &Family policies, and mission of AK Child & Family and its philosophy ofcare.

*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.”

Supervision and Coordination of Services:

The IntakeClinical Therapist reports to the Director of Admissions.  Clinical supervision for assessments isperformed by the program director, who is a Licensed Independent Practitioner.  The Intake Clinical Therapist is a memberof the admissions department and works collaboratively with other members ofthe department.  The Intake ClinicalTherapist adheres to the professional ethics of the American PsychologicalAssociation or the National Association of Social Workers (MSW only).  The Intake Clinical Therapist collaboratesand coordinates services with all staff via established committees andperformance improvement activities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The Intake Clinical Therapist musthave the ability to relate to and experience in working with emotionallydisturbed children/adolescents and the families.  Knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis andassessment, child/adolescent development, family systems, separation and loss,physical and sexual abuse, and trauma is essential.  The Intake Clinical Therapist mustdemonstrate psychosocial assessment, advocacy skills and case management skillsand must have excellent written, interpersonal and oral communicationskills.  The ability to function on aninterdisciplinary team is necessary, and s/he must demonstrate an understandingand sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needspopulation.

Education and experience: The Intake Clinical Therapist musthold at minimum a Masters Degree in psychology, counseling, or social work froman accredited school is required.  Twoyears post-graduate experience in working with emotionally disturbedchildren/adolescents and their families is preferred.  Experience working in a residential settingas 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:

The IntakeClinical Therapist must be able to: efficiently access all buildings on allcampuses for meetings, training, reviews, etc.; drive a vehicle betweencampuses, to referral sources, meetings, other job related duties; do both dataentry and word processing with a personal computer at a minimum of 45 words perminute; work with files stored in cabinets to 55" high; use copy machinesthat are 44" high; handle and transport records and notebooks weighing upto 20 lbs. and utilize standard telephone for long periods of time.