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Residential Behavioral Health Specialist/Activity Therapist (Dual Position)
Job Code:2021-317
Department:Community Programs
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities:

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.

The Combined Residential Behavioral Health Specialist (RBHS) and Activity Therapist (AT) (RBHS/AT) is primarily responsible for:

  • Interaction with/supervision of children and/or adolescents who are placed in residential treatment units and have severe emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Provision of development and instruction.
  • Duties include: crisis intervention, advocacy assessment, interdisciplinary teamwork, and community liaison.
  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to therapeutic interactions on an individual and group basis. 

The Combined RBHS/AT is a dual role within the residential and community programs. The RBHS/ATs schedule will be based on the needs of both programs.

  • Adheres to standards and regulations as set forth by the Agency, OCS Licensing, The Joint Commission and Medicaid. 
  • Duties are carried out in accordance with AK Child & Family policies, the AK Child & Family Mission, Core Values and AK Child & Family Philosophy of Care. 
  • Additional duties as assigned.*
*All positions at AK Child & Family may have responsibilities altered during the course of employment due to agency imperatives. 

Supervision and Coordination of Services:
  • The RBHS/AT is supervised by the Treatment Program Supervisor and the Community Programs Coordinator. 
  • Under the supervision of the Treatment Program Supervisor and the Community Programs Coordinator, PTC/ATs are responsible for implementing appropriate treatment strategies with the students, timely and satisfactory documentation, cleaning duties, cooking duties, psycho-educational groups, and physical activities.
  • Scheduling of individual/group skill development sessions and student consultations, are coordinated and supervised by the CPC.
  • Job performance evaluations and all other aspects of the job are coordinated and supervised by both the Treatment Program Supervisor and Community Programs Coordinator. 


Must be 21 years of age or older.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Work effectively with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children/youth and their families. 
  • Engage in vigorous physical and recreational activities. 
  • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing. 
  • The position requires a valid Alaska Driver’s license. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse/and or special needs population.

Education and experience:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required. 
  • Minimum of two years residential child care, or
  • Minimum of two years of college in a psychology-related field, or
  • Combination of college and experience equaling two years is required.

Physical Demands:
  • Drive and transport students in AK Child & Family vehicles.
  • Efficiently access AK Child & Family and community buildings for meetings and agency activities in order to perform all job responsibilities.
  • Physically manage students, aged six to seventeen years, according to AK Child & Family physical management policy.
  • Move quickly throughout living unit and outdoor area in order to monitor/supervise student activities, alarm systems, emergency procedures, lighting, etc.
  • Legibly produce reports regarding students and cottage events.
  • Transport self within the Anchorage Borough to meet with schools, families, and other involved parties; supervise and assist students with chores.
  • Use unit washer and dryer, sort, fold and store laundry.
  • Participate in the maintenance of a clean living unit and grounds (shoveling/sweeping snow, raking, picking up trash, etc.).
  • Pick-up, carry and store groceries, household and program items.
  • Supervise and participate in recreational and leisure time activities.