Associate Director of Residential Services

locationAnchorage - Alaska (AK), 99507

atAK Child & Family

Estimated salary $22,194 - $27,929 a year

Job Description:

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Associate Director of Residential Services (ADRS) is primarily responsible for the development of the milieu treatment component in our residential program. The Associate Director of Residential Services works collaboratively with the Director of Residential Services to ensure that high quality, effective treatment programs are provided in all residential sites and that desirable treatment outcomes are attained. The ADRS monitors, assesses, and critically problem solves by bringing solutions to DRS/CRS if system issues arise in unplanned discharges, decreased engagement from families, TPS training needs (TIC), AK Child and Family policy’s/procedures not being followed (or a policy needs to be created/ updated), program enhancements towards increasing best practices, etc.

The ADRS is responsible, together with the Director of Residential Services and Clinical Residential Supervisor, for immediate clinical oversight and supervision of all residential clinical services. The ADRS provides clinical and administrative supervision and conducts Performance Evaluations for clinicians in Residential Services.

The ADRS is responsible for program development of best practices (TIC) for milieu therapy in the units while working collaboratively with the CRS to monitor and train unit staff in the milieus. The ADRS is expected to Be knowledgeable with our electronic health record and is a key leader in training all new CT’s. The ADRS should work collaboratively with Medical Records to ensure that compliance is being met. The ADRS will track and ensure timelines are met for weekly IT/FT/GT sessions, treatment plans, and discharges. The ADRS will conduct on-boarding and provide ongoing training for residential clinicians and monitor for clinical quality documentation. The ADRS will provide best practices in weekly supervision with the clinicians and provide training based on their individuals needs to support their clinical growth.

The ADRS will support our compliances practices and work with CRS and DRS to ensure we are meeting our marks.The ADRS will be able to provide a safety net and assess what is needed to be in alignment with our agency’s policies and procedures during acuity.

The ADRS participates in the provision of emergency on-call services. The ADRS participates collaboratively in agency committees (e.g., Training Committee) and workgroups as necessary to support the continual improvement of the Residential Program and the agency. The Associate Director of Residential Services works collaboratively with the Director of Residential Services to develop and oversee policies in the area of residential programs, ensuring that these policies and procedures, as well as all practices, are consistent with state licensing, municipal regulations, and The Joint Commission regulatory requirements. The ADRS is expected to represent AK Child & Family and the Residential Program in the larger community, consulting with other agencies and programs, and acting as a liaison as necessary. All responsibilities of the ADRS are carried out in accordance with AK Child & Family policies and procedures, the AK Child & Family mission, and the AK Child & Family 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.”

Supervision and Coordination of Services:

The ADRS reports to the Director of Residential Services. The ADRS collaborates with the DRS and Residential Supervisor in coordinating clinical services within program parameters. The ADRS adheres to the ethics of the professional body of which s/he is licensed. The Associate Director of Residential Services supervises Residential Clinical Therapists. The ADRS collaborates and coordinates services with all staff via clinical and treatment unit meetings, psych reviews, and established committees. The ADRS actively participates in agency performance improvement activities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The ADRS must demonstrate current knowledge of clinical supervision practice and leadership skills. The ADRS must demonstrate solid clinical understanding of child and adolescent development, psychopathology, and treatment modalities. Commitment to the implementation of current best practices in the field of child and adolescent behavioral health is critical, as is an understanding and commitment to the use of ongoing data collection to ensure continuous quality improvement of the program. S/he must have a comprehensive understanding of the therapeutic milieu of psychiatric residential treatment and be able to train and model these treatment concepts. S/he is expected to have experience working with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children/adolescents and their families in a psychiatric or residential setting. Knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and assessment, child/adolescent development, family systems therapy, physical/sexual abuse and perpetration, trauma, substance abuse, individual therapy, and group therapies is essential. Essential components of the position are demonstrated skills in the area of biopsychosocial assessment, treatment planning, advocacy and case management skills; excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication (English) skills; creativity/flexibility in delivery of services within program policies and procedures; and the ability to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team. The ADRS must demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse population. This position also requires a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel within the community.

Education and experience: The ADRS must hold a Masters or Doctoral Degree in psychology, counseling, or social work from an accredited school, and be licensed or license-eligible in Alaska as a psychologist, psychological associate, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, or professional counselor. Successful candidates who are not currently licensed will be expected to obtain their license within the Introductory Period (6 months). Two years post-graduate experience working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents and their families is required. Experience working in a residential setting is preferred. Experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy is required. Play therapy, sexual offender treatment, and substance abuse treatment experience is preferred. Prior clinical supervision experience is preferred. Sufficient computer literacy skills are required to meet the required responsibilities of the position.

Physical Demands:

Physical demands of the ADRS include the ability to generate reports and successfully operate word processing and computer equipment, the ability to utilize his/her personal vehicle to attend to responsibilities on both campuses, and in the community. The ADRS must be able to respond in a timely manner to all on-call duties.

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