Family Therapist at Elements Wilderness Program
Elements Wilderness Program is a highly respected accredited outdoor behavioral healthcare program providing an intermediate level of mental health and substance abuse treatment. We work with young men, aged 13 – 17 who are struggling emotionally, behaviorally and/or relationally.The Family Focus Expedition is one of the therapeutic services provided by Elements Wilderness Program.
This dynamic 3-day intervention brings together the whole family along with the student who is enrolled in the wilderness program. We are seeking an individual who can facilitate a therapeutic process for families by identifying family dynamics, issues in communication, and assisting families develop skills to deepen feelings of connection and understanding.
- Co-facilitate Family Focus experiences as scheduled (typically 1Xweek).
- Bring together family systems work and experiential therapy to create meaningful and effective interventions for families.
- Engage in preparation calls with family members prior to Family Focus experiences.Participate in weekly consultation with family therapists.
- Support logistical needs of therapeutic process (prepare by packing gear and breaking gear down after the family focus.
- Provide care for families out in the field (preparing meals over campfire/stoves, addressing medical concerns in the field, setting up camp, transportation of families into the field, etc.).
- Will participate in continuous quality improvement and team development, appropriate and timely communication with team members, families, and educational consultants.
- Create and maintain therapeutic resources for program/families (i.e. webinars, family curriculum, resources for families and therapists on dropbox, etc.).
- Ideal candidates will be fully licensed in state of Utah or working on obtaining needed hours to be licensed (LCSW/CSW, LCHMC/CHMLC, or LMFT/MFT).
- Knowledge of mental health, family systems, child/adolescent development, addiction treatment, and diverse therapeutic approaches/theories.
- Previous experience working in wilderness therapy as a therapist, field staff, or administrative/supportive position.
- A minimum of 1-3 years experience providing therapeutic services.
- Experience and competence with crisis intervention and conflict management.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge and experience with a variety of therapeutic modalities including family systems work, trauma informed therapy, DBT, and substance abuse recovery approaches.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as organizational skills.
- Customer service oriented.
- Ability to maintain healthy professional boundaries, as well as foster a supportive environment for families and team members.
- Ability to work in a team environment and collaborate with professionals (educational consultants, primary therapists, field staff, etc.).
- Ability to work with students and families of varied backgrounds, educational levels, and ethnic origins.
- Must demonstrate acceptance and respect for cultural diversity in all its forms, including ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, and religious backgrounds.
- CPR and WFR preferred.
Elements is an equal opportunity employer. Full time position offers a competitive salary, health/dental insurance, opportunities for professional development, and vacation time.
If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]