Center for Discovery

  • Primary Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA-Sherman Oaks
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/3/2018 11:33 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    About Center For Discovery

    Center for Discovery Resilience treatment programs provide multiple levels of care, including residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and partial hospitalization or day treatment for teens and adolescents dealing with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, self-harm behaviors, oppositional defiant disorder, attachment disorders, and other similar diagnoses. The Resilience programs provide personalized treatment plans for each of our clients and their families to address their specific situation and needs while ensuring the highest level of care. Our central goal is to provide effective and intensive treatment for teens and adolescents dealing with mental health disorders in an intimate treatment setting where we can foster connection, trust, and growth. Center for Discovery Resilience is a subsidiary of Discovery Behavioral Health.


    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:

    • Full medical, dental, vision, life, disability and supplemental benefits including FSA and 401K
    • Paid sick time, vacation days and paid holidays
    • Modern, home-like office space
    • Team-building exercises and activities
    • Family-style meals provided

    The Facility

    This position is at an outpatient behavioral health facility with a comprehensive family program and family support. Our specialized programs are integrated partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.   


    The Position

    This is a full-time position. The Primary Therapist is a therapeutic guide, journeying with the clients on their road to recovery, from admission through discharge. The Primary 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. Each Primary Therapist carries a caseload and provides clinical treatment in the form of, but not limited to, individual, family and group counseling.  As a member of the treatment team, the Primary Therapist meets weekly in collaborative fashion with the rest of the 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 Primary Therapist must possess a Master’s or Doctorate 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. 
    • The Primary Therapist must have at least one year in acute care or cliential treatment or closely related experience.
    • 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 client 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 client’s family experience.  The therapist ensures that each family member is fully educated to the CTP, its goals and methods and the client’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 client’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
    • The Primary Therapist attends all treatment planning meetings, all treatment review and goals setting groups, in-service trainings, and general staff meetings and clinical retreats
    • The Primary Therapist “oversees” the daily treatment experience of each of his/her clients  
    • The Primary Therapist may provide additional clinical support for other clinical team members in their absence 
    • The Primary Therapist may be required to travel to other facilities to attend trainings


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