Center for Discovery

National Training Director - Eating Disorder - Residential Program

US-CA-Los Alamitos
1 month ago
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# of Openings
Job Type
Regular Full-Time


Company Overview:

Center For Discovery has a 20 year legacy of success in transforming lives. We are a national leader in behavioral health and have a passion for bringing healing and hope to our clients and families. Discovery offers world-class residential and outpatient eating disorder, mental health, and substance abuse treatment for adolescents, adults, and their families. We place a high priority on providing an environment where our clients and their families are treated like people, with unlimited capacity for learning, healing and growth.  We seek qualified individuals who share our passion and want to learn the ‘Discovery way’ in providing the very best care to individuals and families.


Job Summary:

Create and implement organization wide training strategies, policies and programs. Leads and provides expertise in all functions of program training. Develops and presents training modules and workshops to current and new employees on a variety of topics including Center for Discovery systems, program, services, procedures and regulatory compliance. Determines specific training needs through consultation with management and feedback from key stakeholders. Identifies and supports specific onsite training locations where new employees can participate in live training experiences.  Works with Operations leaders, Recruiter and National Internship Director to assure that a steady flow of well trained and qualified employees are available to fill new and open positions across all Center for Discovery programs. Job is located at our home office in Los Alamitos, CA. 


Knowledge, Education, and Experience

  • Masters or Doctorate in Psychology, Social Work or related field
  • Five to ten years’ experience in behavioral health in a managerial role
  • Certified as ProAct and CPR Trainer within 6 months of hire
  • Actively pursuing Certified Eating Disorder Specialist certification and CEDS-Supervisor certification
  • Licensed MFT, LCSW, or Psychologist in multiple states where there are Discovery programs

Required Skills/Competencies


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the following skills satisfactorily.

        The requirements listed below are representative of the skill and/or ability required.

  • Is able to demonstrate advanced understanding of the population being treated.
  • Possess working knowledge of psychopathology, diagnostic assessment and related treatment interventions.
  • Knowledge of evidence of based treatments and ability to individualize treatment approaches to meet each client's needs. 
  • Understanding of and ability to communicate with people of all educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Must be able to conceptualize and implement master treatment plan with fully developed problems, objectives and goals and monitor other clinicians to do the same.
  • Demonstrate leadership and training abilities and related knowledge.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage stressful or difficult situations and to provide leadership to others in doing the same.
  • Must demonstrate tact, initiative, resourcefulness, professionalism, enthusiasm and a non-judgmental attitude.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job in a general office environment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to due the following: 

  • Power grasping
  • Exposure to dust, gas, odors, liquids or fumes
  • Intermittent lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds, transporting object usually by hand, arm, or shoulder
  • Hand/eye coordination: Performing work using both
  • Working with hands: Seizing, holding, and grasping
  • Able to lift by raising or lowering an object from one level to another
  • Standing: Remaining on one’s feet in an upright position for long periods of time
  • Walking: Moving about on foot


Essential Job Functions

  • Work with clinical and operational leaders to develop and maintain state of the art systems and content for training Discovery professional staff.
  • Assume responsibility for training of Program Directors to ensure clinical and managerial excellence throughout the organization.
  • Be available for extensive travel, up to 70% of work time, to support clinical teams nationwide.
  • Support Program Directors by covering vacations and/or time off for personal care.
  • Coordinate and assume responsibility for the Carminio Institute, including, but not limited to:
    1. Schedule trainings 2-3 times monthly
    2. Send email of monthly training schedule to all programs
    3. Send flier to promote training with presenter bio
    4. Ensure trainings are posted on organization internal website
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to ensure employees have the training needed to support their activities with the company’s strategic goals and regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinate and facilitate technical training on a variety of topics including Center For Discovery’s programs, services, procedures and systems.
  • Create course content, lesson plans, audio/visual aids, test criteria, handouts, learning aids and evaluation/measurement tools for all training programs.
  • Assist in creation and updating of position manuals and ensure they are accessible on the organization internal website.
  • Oversee the development and coordination of systems for measuring training effectiveness.
  • Monitor and take action on participant feedback to ensure the value and relevance of training activities.
  • Evaluate training program effectiveness through consultation with management and key stakeholders.
  • Develop/revise/update training programs to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
  • Ensure that content of technical training programs meets established quality standards.
  • Work with Regional Director and Assistant Director of Operations to coordinate training for new programs in the following ways:
    1. Pre-opening training of Core Four utilizing existing facilities and company leadership.
    2. Oversee completion of job-specific training checklists for all positions during this time.
    3. Work with Start-up team, Regional Directors, and Assistant Directors of Operations to coordinate and schedule three weeks of mandatory on-site training prior to facility opening.
    4. Once facility is open, commit to at least three weeks of on-site support to assure smooth opening and to support new teams as they begin to accept clients.
    5. Assure that a positive staff culture is established and nurtured in all new facilities by training, observing, and interacting with new teams to give feedback and provide support and structure.
    6. Assure that new teams are taught Discovery culture and understand core company values and can communicate those to internal and external customers.
    7. Assure that program schedule and structure is appropriately implemented and running smoothly by confirming all groups and sessions occurring as they should, group binders are current, and groups are facilitated appropriately
    8. Orient new clinical teams and others as needed through admission process, assessments, documentation, treatment planning, program philosophy, UR, communications with referral sources, program based marketing, interactions with physicians, managing our footprint with local neighborhoods and communities, and relationships with corporate office.
    9. Assure consistent implementation and adoption of core systems in all facilities
  • Coordinate the smooth and effective transition from the start up team to the operational team ensuring operational protocols, service delivery, and clinical excellence are achieved.
  • Assure that all clinical training reflects evidence based practices.
  • Assist Director of Operations and Assistant Directors of Operations in implementing any necessary changes or additions to program structure and content.
  • Complete and submit call for speaker/presenter forms to local and national conferences and events to present on behalf of Discovery.
  • Coordinate and develop Center For Discovery’s Internship program, including, reviewing resumes, scheduling interviews with potential candidates and programs, retrieving necessary paperwork from candidates, and building relationships with schools.





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