Therapist- Level I
Adolescent Program — Naalehu, Hawai'i
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pacific Quest offers a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, moving beyond traditional wilderness therapy and teaching sustainable life skills.
Pacific Quest's proprietary therapeutic model is a groundbreaking approach that utilizes Horticulture Therapy to create concrete metaphors for its students as they cultivate their own health and happiness.
Pacific Quest cultivates Sustainable Growth in our students, in our families, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Pacific Quest (PQ) is committed to providing the highest quality of therapeutic care and communication currently available in the wilderness treatment model. The Primary Therapist (PT) serves as the leader of the treatment team in this dynamic process to implement the Sustainable Growth model that integrates rites of passage, horticulture therapy, holistic wellness, experiential learning, and effective psychological and family supports.
Under the direct supervision of the Clinical Director and in collaboration with program staff the PT establishes and monitors treatment goals and objectives, guides program staff in the intervention and monitoring process, and conducts clinical activities. Clinical activities are consistent with the PQ model and include psychosocial diagnostic assessment, individual, group and family therapy, horticultural therapy (HT), crisis intervention and support, safety planning, professional documentation of activities, and care coordination involving the student, designated family members, collaborating professionals, and the PQ team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Know and respond to PQ philosophy, policies, procedures, and Sustainable Growth model.
- Review all admissions information for all assigned students in a timely manner, and immediately begin the treatment planning and care coordination process with particular attention to safety concerns. Contact parents within 24 hours of arrival to introduce yourself, discuss student’s initial adjustment to PQ, and to arrange first phone appointment.
- Conduct individual, group and family therapy. Average full-time caseload is 6-7 adolescents (AD) and/or young adults (YA). (Note: Caseloads may vary based on therapist skill, clinical complexity of cases, and program needs.)
- Document all clinical activities in a timely and professional manner– therapy notes are due within 48 hours of the session.
Minimum requirements for therapy
- Two face-to-face, individual therapy sessions per week (average 45- 50 minutes each).
- One parent/family therapy session per week by conference call (may be video conference with student, or face-to-face during family visit).
- Letter writing is encouraged by the therapist and integrated into the therapy process, consistent with the program curriculum, parent manual and the student’s treatment objectives.
- Group therapy- Level I Therapists play a primary role in planning and conducting group therapy in accordance with PQ guidelines. Therapists sign up for groups in a responsible manner and ensure that designated camps receive two processing groups per week (including HT), impact letter groups as indicated, one recovery group per week (YA only), and multi-family therapy sessions during the family program.
others. The PT provides weekly updates to family members and referrals sources as indicated and documents all activities in a timely manner.
- Respond promptly and professionally to emails, both internal and external, in order to maintain a high level of internal and external customer service.
- Arrange psychological testing, psychiatric care or additional clinical services (e.g., parent support) and consult with psychologists, psychiatrists and/or treating professionals. Presence is required for initial Integrative Psychiatry (IP) appointments for assigned students.
- Participate in follow-up inquiries and ongoing outreach to potential referral sources and stakeholders.
- Develop presentations, write blogs, participate in marketing and PQ promotion as assigned.
- Provide coverage for colleagues in accordance with PQ guidelines. Request/take leave and arrange coverage in accordance with PQ guidelines.
- Attend clinical seminars, trainings, and mentoring opportunities as assigned.
- Masters or doctoral degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related mental health field, and licensed in Hawaii or eligible to provide psychotherapy under supervision. One year experience with the population/wilderness therapy preferred. Masters-level or doctoral level clinicians working toward hours for licensure shall perform duties with trainee status under supervision until meeting requirements for independent licensure.
- Must work actively toward clinical licensure in the State of Hawaii and maintain/submit record of activities in accordance with licensing regulations. When eligible, must obtain and maintain clinical licensure in a timely manner. All activities related to licensure and communications with the licensure board shall be reported to the Clinical Director.
- Ability to be a team player, and to form mutually respectful relationships with everyone the therapist interacts with in their role at PQ.
- Commitment to ongoing professional and personal growth necessary to meet the challenges of this position.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to pass a thorough background check and drug screen
- Annual physical and TB clearance required
- Must maintain current CPR and First Aid certs.
How to Apply
Please apply for this job using our online application system. To do so, you'll first need to create a login account and choose a password.
If necessary, you may also submit resume and cover letter along with the application documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to (855) 317-6304, or mail to Pacific Quest, PO Box 540, Naalehu, HI, 96772