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Intake Clinical Therapist
Job Code:2023-388
Department:Admissions and Standards
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Summary of Responsibilities:

The Intake Clinical Therapist is responsible for conducting admission assessments on students for consideration to AK Child & Family programs. This includes:

  • Meeting with referral sources
  • Collecting psychological/psychiatric/ bio-psychosocial and family histories.

The Intake Clinical Therapist is responsible for:

  • Performing mental status evaluations
  • Completing the admission assessment form(s)
  • Providing a written recommendation based on the results of the admission assessment
  • 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.

The Intake Clinical Therapist adheres to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The Joint Commission and OCS licensing.  The Intake Clinical Therapist is 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.

*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.”


  • $60,000 - $86,000 + DOE
  • 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.

Health Benefits:

  • 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:

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

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.
  • The Intake Clinical Therapist is a member of the admissions department and works collaboratively with other members of the department.
  • The Intake Clinical Therapist adheres to the professional ethics of the American Psychological Association or the National Association of Social Workers (MSW only).
  • The Intake Clinical Therapist collaborates and coordinates services with all staff via established committees and performance improvement activities.


The Intake Clinical Therapist:

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

The screening decisions and assessments completed by the Intake Clinical Therapist have a significant impact on students, their families, and the respective AK Child & Family Programs. Because of this there are often numerous deadlines that must be managed concurrently.

Education and experience:

  • At a minimum holds a Masters’ Degree in psychology, counseling, or social work from an accredited school is required with two years post-graduate experience working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents and their families is preferred.
  • Has experience working in a residential setting as well as demonstrated knowledge of outpatient settings is preferred.
  • Has demonstrated knowledge in cognitive therapy, sexual abuse treatment, individual and family therapies is preferred.

Physical Demands:

The Intake Clinical Therapist must be able to:

  • 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.
  • Utilize standard telephone for long periods of time