Field Therapist Position

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop client specific treatment plans as part of Treatment Team.
  • Conduct group counseling sessions and formal individual sessions on 22-day wilderness-based therapeutic courses.
  • Responsible for recording each client’s experience in daily progress notes and in a thorough discharge summary.
  • Teach relevant educational or life-skills as outlined in course curriculum.
  • Willingness to participate in all outdoor activities and assist Field Guide in hard skills instruction during course.
  • Assist in facilitation of group family session at course end in accordance with program standards and goals.
  • Assist in the development of sound aftercare recommendations with administrative staff that will be considered closely by clients and family.
  • Must ensure physical and emotional safety of group and adherence to standards outlined in the program manual.
  • Behavior and language should exhibit effective leadership, communication, and positive personal growth.
  • Assist in completion of thorough course preparation which includes: creating a course itinerary, meal planning, gear pack out, assisting with client treatment plans, and participation in staff meetings and staff development.
  • Assist the Field Guide with additional responsibilities during course preparation and debrief.
  • Conduct family sessions when not in field.
  • Willingness to perform in multiple roles and in multiple programs.
  • Management, supervision and administering of medication.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field.
  • Professional experience working with at-risk youth or young adults.
  • Previous formal wilderness experience beneficial (NOLS, OB, other), but not required.
  • Basic First Aid or Wilderness First Aid and CPR required upon start date.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Able to pass a State of Virginia Criminal Background Check.
  • Valid driver’s license.

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