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Residential Clinical Therapist
Job Code:2022-362
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 Residential Clinical Therapist is responsible for the provision of comprehensive clinical and case management services to students and their families.

  • This includes the provision of individual, family, group therapies, crisis intervention, advocacy, assessment, planning, discharge planning, interdisciplinary teamwork and community liaison. Residential Clinical Therapists are 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.

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.



  • Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, & Vision – with HRA!
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Account
  • Group Life and AD&D
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program


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


  • $48,000 - $55,000 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.
  • Annual raises are based on the annual budget and not guaranteed each year.
Relief positions are also available.

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.



  • 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.



  • 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.