Child & Family Therapist- Ketchikan

*Relocation assistance for applicants outside of Ketchikan.

Job Summary

Exciting opportunity to promote positive change in the lives of children and families and experience Southeast Alaska! Community Connections is seeking a Child and Family Therapist to join a supportive team providing family-centered services in Ketchikan, Alaska .  This position operates within a wrap-around, trauma-informed and family-centered perspective, providing direct therapeutic intervention as well as extensive collaboration with a team of paraprofessionals serving the client and family.

Duties & Essential Job Functions

  • Provides engaging, collaborative, culturally competent, and respectful clinical services in a manner consistent with the philosophy of the Children’s Mental Health program and Medicaid compliance requirements;
  • Engages clients and families in completing respectful and accurate behavioral health assessments;
  • Establishes a treatment plan with the client, family and team members that reflects the family’s values and preferences and addresses identified skill deficits in simple and clearly worded goals;
  • In partnership with the client and team members, identifies treatment plan objectives and adjusts the plan quarterly.
  • Cooperatively interacts with external wraparound team members through effective communication, support, and encouragement;
  • Provides regular guidance for internal wraparound team members in therapeutic practices within rehabilitative services;
  • Collaborates with therapeutic foster parents and treatment teams to provide clinical services with particular sensitivity to the complexities and needs of foster children;
  • Completes timely and accurate documentation of the provision of services while observing Medicaid compliance requirements;
  • Responds to and manages crisis contacts specific to therapist’s case load and according to the program’s on-call schedule.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and ability to operate in a manner consistent with the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice;
  • Knowledge of computer applications related to the work, including but not limited to database, spreadsheets, and word processing programs;
  • Skilled in and ability to select and appropriately use a variety of developmentally and culturally appropriate informal and formal assessment tools;
  • Ability to be considerate of others’ limitations, feelings, and concerns;
  • Ability to operate from at least one theoretical orientation that is predominantly effective, behavioral, or cognitive in nature;
  • Ability to communicate information, concepts, and counseling interventions in a way that others will understand;
  • Ability to build upon strengths of clients, team members, and other collaborators;
  • Ability to consult with and provide current treatment progress reports to psychiatric providers;
  • Ability to provide professional counseling and therapy for individuals, families, and groups;
  • Ability to utilize flexibility, initiative and independent judgment, organize own work, coordinate projects, set priorities, meet deadlines, and follow-up on assignments with minimal direction;
  • Ability to demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with culturally diverse populations including families, the public, peers, staff, and supervisors;
  • Ability to act decisively and with fairness;
  • Ability to implement DSM-V and the diagnostic system.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, child guidance, community mental health, marriage and family therapy, or nursing. Master’s in School Counseling is not an accepted credential.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check under agency guidelines and state regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist.
  • Experience in teaching/training paraprofessionals in behavioral/cognitive interventions

Required Licensure/Certification

Acquire and maintain a valid Alaska driver’s license and liability insurance.  Must be able to provide own transportation. Must be able to obtain First Aid/CPR and MANDT certification.

Physical Requirements / Work Environment

The position is office and community based and generally sedentary in nature. Services are often provided in community and recreational settings, must be able to adequately engage with clients in moderate activity. Must be able to use standard office equipment, lift and carry materials weighing up to twenty-five pounds.  Must be willing to travel to other offices and able to fly in small planes.

About the Location


Ketchikan is a friendly small island town (population: 13,856) that is home for many artisans, anglers and outdoor lovers. Opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting abound, but the community also has a flourishing music and arts scene. Wildlife is abundant in this cool, moist climate. During the summers, average temperatures may vary from 46 to 70 degrees! Winters are mild and precipitation is always possible.

Note: Ketchikan is on an island in southeast Alaska – larger cities like Juneau, Anchorage, and Fairbanks are all a plane ride away.

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Pay: $4,881.15 – $5828.35/ mo. DOE

Relocation Assistance: up to $6,000

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska.

Position Closing Date: 10/22/2021 at 5:00pm

To Apply

Download the printable application packet.

Send in applications to or drop off at our Ketchikan or Craig office.