Center for Discovery

  • Program Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA-Vista
    Posted Date 6 months ago(9/5/2018 5:42 PM)
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    Job Type
    On Call
  • Overview

    About Center For Discovery

    Center For Discovery has a 20-year legacy of transforming lives by promoting health, healing and hope to our clients and their families.  We are a national leader in behavioral healthcare and offer world-class treatment for eating disorders, mental health and substance abuse conditions.  We serve adolescents and adults in both residential and outpatient settings. It is our mission to create a transformative therapeutic experience aimed at profoundly and creatively facilitating behavioral, emotional and spiritual growth.  We place a high priority on providing an environment that supports an unlimited capacity for learning, and we seek qualified individuals who share our passion for improving the lives of those we serve.


    Benefits of Working at Center For Discovery

    At Center For Discovery you will have the opportunity to work closely within a team of mental health experts, all dedicated to promoting lasting health and healing.  Clinical supervision and guidance are provided on total client care and therapeutic milieu management, as well as career growth and personal development oversight. You will develop an individualized growth plan which will help you develop your professional skills and career objectives.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Modern, home-like office space
    • Team-building exercises and activities
    • Family-style meals provided

    The Facility

    Your workplace is in a beautiful home in a nice residential neighborhood, with bedrooms, kitchen, living rooms and more (for a virtual tour please visit our website at  Treatment in this home setting allows our clients to feel comfortable in familiar surroundings and provides greater transferability and internalization of the treatment experience for when returning home.  Generally, we accommodate no more than six clients at a time to optimize individualized treatment plans and provide a high staff-to-client ratio.


    The Position

    This is an on-call position with the possibility of converting into a full-time position. Hours are dependent upon census and scheduling needs of the program. The Program Therapist assists and supports clients from admission through discharge. The Program Therapist provides clinical assessments and contributes insightful, practical and meaningful information to the development of treatment plans.  He/she orients new clients to the treatment program and makes introductions to the staff and other program participants. As a member of the treatment team, the Program Therapist meets weekly in collaborative fashion with the treatment team to discuss cases. Licensed clinicians (Psychologist, LMFT, LCSW, LPC, etc.) and registered associates must possess knowledge of mental health conditions, dual diagnosis, and/or chemical dependency.



    • The Program Therapist must possess a Master’s degree in an appropriate field
    • Clinicians must be licensed or registered in the state in which they are applying
    • Center for Discovery utilizes MFT and SW associates and psychological assistants under the supervision of an appropriate Licensed Independent Practitioner
    • Must understand the therapeutic process, understand confidentiality laws, and have strong knowledge of professional ethics
    • Must be able to demonstrate leadership abilities, and be able to communicate with persons from all educational and cultural backgrounds
    • Must demonstrate tact, initiative, resourcefulness, a professional manner, enthusiasm, and a non-judgmental attitude


    • Completing the Biopsychosocial assessment within one day of admission (the parent and/or resident components**)
    • Meeting with clients within twenty-four hours of admission to establish therapeutic rapport
    • Completing the Comprehensive Treatment Plan and Integrated Treatment Summary within three days of admission
    • Identifying weekly treatment goals and writing contracts specific to individual client needs
    • Writing and facilitating the Discharge Summary
    • Individual psychotherapy sessions, 3 times weekly for each client
    • Conjoint family psychotherapy sessions at least once per week
    • Facilitating professional groups as assigned
    • Facilitating Multifamily and Alumni groups
    • Interfacing with insurance companies, providing appropriate clinical information to obtain initial certification and continuing stay certification as required
    • Meeting with each client in individual sessions as clinically indicated, providing psychotherapeutic interventions to thoroughly educate each client to the CTP and its intent, target dates, and revisions
    • Being appropriately accessible to family members
    • Conjoint family therapy is scheduled at least once each week to address issues related to the resident’s family experience.  The therapist ensures that each family member is fully educated to the CTP, its goals and methods and the resident’s discharge plan. It is key that the family know how to approach and implement all discharge recommendations.
    • Facilitating group therapy, workshops, and educational groups as directed by the program schedule
    • Assessing suicidality and the possibility of danger to self or others
    • Charting each resident’s progress throughout the treatment experience
    • Charting after each individual, group, and family session
    • Educating each client as needed
    • Beginning and ending groups in a timely fashion
    • Creating a written plan for continuing care (DC plan) and discharge summary


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