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Relief Residential Clinical Therapist
Job Code:2019-271
FT/PT Status:On-Call Relief
Schedule:As Needed
Summary of Responsibilities:

The Relief Residential Clinical Therapist provides Relief Coverage, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and Family Therapy on a mutually-agreeable basis as authorized by ADRS &/or DRS; possibly including psych reviews with the expectation that their time will be pre-approved and limited in scope.

  • Requisite training hours not to exceed 20 compensable hours per year.
  • It is the expectation of the Relief Residential Clinical Therapist to be flexible with their schedule, adjust to the needs of the agency, understanding that a specific number of hours cannot be guaranteed for this position. 
  • The Relief Residential Clinical Therapist is responsible for the provision of comprehensive clinical and case management services to students and their families.
  • The provision of individual, family, group therapies, crisis intervention, advocacy, assessment, planning, discharge planning, interdisciplinary teamwork and community liaison.
  • Responsible for formulating and implementing appropriate treatment strategies for students and their families on their assigned caseload and for timely and satisfactory documentation of all treatment efforts.
  • 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 Residential 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.”


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 12/6/21, 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 1/4/22, 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.



Relief employees are eligible for:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan


  • DOE
  • Annual raises are based on the annual budget and not guaranteed each year.

Supervision and Coordination of Services:
  • The Relief Residential Clinical Therapist reports to the Associate Director of Residential Services.
  • A minimal of 30 minutes of supervision weekly with the Licensed Clinical Supervisor while providing relief clinical services until licensure is obtained.
  • 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).


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The Relief 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. 
  • Demonstrate 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 Relief 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. 
  • The Relief Residential Clinical Therapist 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 six months  from initial date of employment at AK Child & Family.

Physical Demands:

  • The Relief 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. 
  • Produce in a timely manner, assessments and other documentation required by AK Child & Family, insurance and referral sources. 
  • Produce legible student records and prepare reports using a computer. 
  • 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.