Assessment “LINK” Clinician

LINK Clinician

The LINK clinician provides youth and their families a clinical assessment, DSM 5 diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The LINK clinician also provides brief crisis counseling, family mediation and treatment planning.

This position serves as a bridge for youth and families to necessary staff and services.

Reports to: Link Program Director
Supervises: no one


Representative Tasks/Responsibilities:

Be an enthusiastic ambassador of JYS at all times and in all situations.

Provide scheduled and un-scheduled intake assessments for youth and families referred to JYS. Assessments may take place in-person at a JYS office, in-person in the community or home of a family, or via tele-behavioral health. The determination of the location is dependent upon family need and preference.

Conclude all assessments with a provisional diagnosis and treatment recommendations, explained to the youth and family, prior to concluding the appointment.

Provide interim treatment and follow-up after assessment and prior to program assignment, for up to one month. Develop appropriate interventions or initial treatment strategies for youth and families for the purpose of crisis prevention or intervention.

Assist referral sources and families in obtaining recommended services, even if JYS does not provide the recommended service.

Empower families to make informed choices about the services they wish to engage in; promote “voice and choice”.

Coordinate and collaborate with treatment teams to ensure effective transition into services.

Complete all assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, transfers and discharges in a timely manner.

Participate in the JYS clinical on-call system.

Regularly attend and participate in individual and group supervision.

Model and teach sensitivity to youth and families from diverse cultures, backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances and utilize cultural differences to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.

Utilize and reference JYS policies and procedures, DSM-V, ASAM, and other appropriate clinical references.

Regularly attend program staff meetings and notify supervisor and review meeting minutes when absent.

Actively support and contribute to the accomplishment of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) goals and objectives.

Perform other related duties as assigned.



The Link Clinician is the first person people will meet at JYS. It is critical for this person to express compassion, patience, and hope while employing critical thinking.

Excellent interviewing and diagnostic skills using the DSM 5 and ICD 10.

Excellent technical (assessment) writing skills, using concurrent documentation.

Thorough working knowledge of child and adolescent development, family systems and cultural differences.

Thorough working knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of youth and families engaged in behavioral health care in the State of Alaska in particular: general and informed consent and privacy rights.

Thorough working knowledge of laws and regulations effecting behavioral health treatment of youth.

Ability to organize, evaluate and present information effectively, orally and in writing.

Ability to perform individual, family and group therapy.

Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Ability to efficiently and effectively organize and prioritize work.

Ability to contribute positively as a team member and work effectively with other internal and external stakeholders.



Master’s degree from an accredited college in psychology, social work, counseling, marriage & family therapy or closely related field that is eligible for licensure as an LMFT, LPC or LCSW in the State of Alaska.

Current Alaska driver’s license and auto insurance per agency standards.

Clearance of state and federal background checks.

Completion of required trainings according to established timelines per job class and program assignment.

NOTE: JYS is a dynamic organization changing as needed to best address its goals. This job description is representative of duties at a moment in time and is intended as a “living document” updated periodically to reflect changes in job responsibilities and/or emphasis. It is not intended or implied to be an employment contract but is a communication tool to explain the responsibilities, advertise the job and identify performance measures and potential training needs.


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