About Child & Family Services

Child and Family Services Continuum provides a wide range of therapeutic services to children and adolescents with mild to complex mental and behavioral health concerns, along with their families. Our clinicians specialize in trauma-informed and trauma-focused practices, early childhood intervention, intervention with older children and adolescents, and family intervention. We provide a comprehensive array of skill development services designed to enable children and adolescents to thrive in their community. Families are offered training and support to create more successful family communication and healthy home living environments.

For assessment and intake in Anchorage, please call 907-561-0954

In Fairbanks, please call 907-371-1300.

Meet Our Staff

Clinicians

Joshua Arvidson, MSS., LCSW; Director of the Alaska Child Trauma Center and Child and Family Services

Joshua is an expert in trauma-informed care for children, and established the Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health. He serves on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is the Principal Investigator for the Military Family Child Trauma Program. He’s also on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and has presented at over 100 conferences on childhood trauma, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  Joshua serves on the Board of Directors for FOCUS and has designed and taught courses on clinical practice with children and adolescents and childhood trauma for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Joshua has published in the journals, Child Welfare 360, Child Maltreatment, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and Trauma, Abuse and Violence.  He’s been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as one of Alaska’s “Top 40 Under 40” and has received a Business Achievement Award for Healthcare from the Anchorage Daily News.

Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC; Director of Early Child and Outpatient Services

Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC is the Director of Early Child and Outpatient Services at Alaska Behavioral Health.  As part of the Alaska Child trauma Center since inception, Kristin provides mental health services to children and families impacted by trauma and is a nationally certified ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) trainer.

Meghan Magone, MA, LPC, Manager of Family Therapy Programs

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Meghan Magone, MA, LPC has worked at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2015 and is the clinical manager of Family Therapy Programs within the child and family continuum. She has almost a decade of mental health experience working with children and families. Meghan earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage followed by her MA in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Meghan is the state wide training coordinator for Parenting with Love and Limits, has discussed family therapy on Line One: Your Health Connection, and is a published author for her thesis on the psychological transition into motherhood. Meghan loves and is honored to see whole families heal together within a family system context.  “Family life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.” – Thomas Moore

Marissa Hanson, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Manager of Wrap-Around Services

Marissa Hanson, MSW, LCSW is a clinical manager and clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health. She has a Certificate in Interpersonal Trauma Studies and has been working with children and their families who have experienced trauma since 2010. Marissa provides trauma training and clinical consultation throughout Alaska.

Amber Chambers, PsyD, LPC

Amber Chambers has been working with our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) program since June 2014. She provides short-term crisis intervention services, individual and group psychotherapy to those referred through partnership with Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC). Amber also provides these services to caregivers of the children we see in our Child and Family Outpatient Clinic who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  She is a licensed professional counselor in Alaska and Virginia. She has over 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in General Psychology from Fairmont State University, followed by her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Washington, D.C. Campus, and holds a Doctor of Psychology from Alaska Pacific University.

Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC

Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC is a Clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health. Lindsay provides mental health services to children and families affected by trauma and trains people throughout the state of Alaska on trauma and its impacts.

Mara Hill, MS, LPC

Mara has been a clinician with the Little Tykes program at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2015, when she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in clinical psychology and a certificate in children’s mental health. Mara enjoys facilitating preschool psychotherapy groups, eating peanut butter on fruit, and going outside.

In this video, Mara explains the Little Tykes program, and why she loves to work there.

Saraj Gottstein, MA

Saraj Gottstein graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Naropa University, in Boulder Colorado in Transpersonal Counseling and Wilderness Therapy. Saraj has a passion for mental health and overall wellness. She loves to work with clients in the community and in the wilderness throughout Alaska. Currently Saraj works as a clinician for Alaska Behavioral Health  in the Child and Family clinic and in our transition age youth programs, Alaska Seeds of Change and Power Center.

Geri Hernandez, MEd

Geri Hernandez, MEd, is a clinician with the Little Tykes Therapeutic Services at Alaska Behavioral Health. Geri provides mental health services to children and their families that have been affected by trauma.

Sicely Kluge, MSW

Sicely Kluge, MSW, is a directing clinician for the Alaska Child Trauma Center/Family Services at Alaska Behavioral Health.  As part of the Alaska Child Trauma Center/Family Services, Sicely provides mental health services, including individual psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, and group psychotherapy, to children and families impacted by various types of trauma through the use of ARC treatment (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency).

April McElhenny, MSW

April McElhenny, MSW has more than six years of experience with children and adults who have been impacted by childhood trauma. She’s worked in different settings – child welfare, juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment. At Alaska Behavioral Health, she really enjoys working with families and their caregivers. She’s seen that working with children is way more successful when she’s also having success with engaged caregivers. April focuses on validating and normalizing kids’ experiences, providing active intervention when needed, and noting the positives.  She makes sure to provide praise for the children and caregivers for their efforts. April provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy and uses CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and ARC interventions during treatment.

Read more about April here.

Amanda Nalewaja, MSW

Amanda Nalewaja (pronounced nal-ehv-eye-uh), holds degrees in Social Work with a minor in Children’s Mental Health. She currently works as a clinician with Alaska Behavioral Health in the Child & Family clinic where she provides services focusing on enhancing overall wellness of youth and families. When not at the clinic, Amanda enjoys video games and getting into nature.

Patty Quinn, MS, LPC

Patty Quinn, MS, has been a clinician with the Little Tykes program at Alaska Behavioral Health for three years. Patty provides group services in our therapeutic preschool, as well as individual and family therapy.

Clinical Associates

Nadia Allen, BSW

Nadia was born in Nassau, Bahamas and moved to Anchorage Alaska at the age of 10.  She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019 with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. Nadia enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as going on outdoor adventures.  She hopes to travel all around the world someday.

Laurel Brady, BSW

Laurel Brady, BSW, has worked as a clinical associate at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2018 in the Child and Family Continuum. She supports clients and their families through individual, group, and family sessions. Laurel previously worked at a treatment center for adolescents recovering from substance abuse. She began her work at ACMHS as an intern at the Power Teen Center for homeless and at-risk youth. Laurel is working towards her MSW to further her commitment to support the clients she works with. Laurel enjoys the outdoors where she is most often riding her bike.

Liz Dam, BS

Liz Dam is a clinical associate of Little Tykes. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Psychology of Science in 2014. She has been a part of the Little Tykes team since 2017 and has previously worked as an elementary school teacher and volunteer mentor for the Alaska Military Youth Academy. Liz enjoys getting out in nature with her family, cooking and painting.

Devan Hawkins, BSW

Devan Hawkins, BSW, has worked as a clinical associate at Alaska Behavioral Health since 2019 in the Child and Family Continuum. She loves to support clients through social and emotional skill development, meeting them where they are at and working together to manifest a bright future. Devan enjoys all things art, including theatre, dance, music and poetry. Outside of work, she spends most of her time geeking out with friends, playing with her adorable dog, and hiking her favorite Alaskan trails.

Kate Mitchell, BS

Kate Mitchell, BS, has worked at Alaska Behavioral Health since early 2019, She is a graduate of the Bachelors of Science Psychology program at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2017. She intends to continue to work in the field in order to narrow down her concentration for her Masters degree at a later time. She worked in an inpatient residential setting with adolescents prior to being trained in the Parenting with Love and Limits © program in 2019. Kate is a facilitator for the Teen Breakout group and enjoys working with teenagers and helping them heal from the traumas they have experienced and be able to help them work through the teenage struggles.

Kayleen Norris, BSW

Kayleen Norris started as an intern for the Little Tykes Team before graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Social Work. Kayleen has worked as a Clinical Associate in the Child and Family Continuum since May 2019. She enjoys supporting clients individually and in group settings. Kayleen enjoys riding her friends horses in Anchorage and spending time camping with her dogs.

Ana Rosado, BSW

Ana received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida before moving to Alaska in 2014. She has always enjoyed working with kids, and especially loves social and emotional learning and trauma work. Little Tykes is the best place to do both! When not working, Ana loves spending time in the outdoors and rock climbing.

April Valentine, BSW

April Valentine graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2018. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 2016.  She currently works as a clinical associate in the Child and Family Continuum supporting clients individually and through group settings. Her favorite part of this job is supporting the clients and watching them make progress.