Center for Discovery

  • Registered Dietitian

    Job Locations US-CA-Newport Beach
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(10/26/2018 3:47 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 professionals consisting of eating disorder and 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

    This position is at an outpatient eating disorder facility for adults and adolescents in age specific treatment groups, with comprehensive family program and family support (for a virtual tour please visit our website at Our specialized programs are integrated partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Program hours are Monday through Friday, between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Clients attend as many as six days or as few as three days per week, as clinically appropriate. As each client begins one of our eating disorder outpatient programs, they are assessed by our multidisciplinary team and provided with a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan.


    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 Registered Dietitian is responsible to consult in a collaborative fashion with the Director of Dietary Services and the treatment team to ensure the best standard of nutrition and dietary services are occurring.  The RD completes a Dietary Assessment when indicated and directed by the treatment team. The Registered Dietitian meets with all Outpatient clients weekly, conducts Nutrition Education Groups and Dietary Experientials. The hours for this position coincide with program hours, which run Monday-Friday 11a-7p and Saturday from 9a-3p. Dietitians hours will vary based on census and scheduling needs of the program.


    • Minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and an RD credential
    • Licensed registered dietitian strongly preferred
    • Two years’ experience in dietary education and management preferred
    • Eating disorder experience preferred
    • Able to provide documentation or obtain a state required food handler's permit, or Serve Safe Certification, upon hire


    • Conduct Dietary Intake on admit, collect weight and height of client and calculate BMI for client chart.
    • Meets with client upon admit to establish therapeutic rapport.
    • Initial, weekly, and discharge sessions with clients. Written documentation of each session completed in appropriate time frame.
    • Charts each client’s progress throughout the treatment experience, making sure that daily progress notes reflect the goals within the treatment plan.
    • Meet with each program client weekly at minimum and implements and manages individualized dietary meal plans that meet each client’s specific needs.
    • Identify weekly treatment goals and communicate to treatment team relative to individual client needs. Registered Dietitian is an integral part of the treatment team process.
    • Co-facilitate therapeutic family meals appropriate to Outpatient level of care.
    • Facilitate Nutrition Groups weekly that are appropriate to the adult and adolescent age groups.
    • Implement one dietary treatment plan for each client within a week of admission.
    • Make appropriate changes to individualized meal plan as needed based on weekly weights.
    • Communication with referring and/or outpatient dietitian upon admit to Outpatient Program, during course of treatment as needed, and upon discharge from Outpatient Program.
    • Communication with Medical Doctor, as needed, regarding any medical problems that may require dietary intervention.  Communication with Psychiatrist where applicable.
    • Oversight of Facility Coordinator and Diet-tech in regards to maintaining kitchen and monitoring emergency food.
    • RD remains appropriately accessible to family members.
    • Represents Center for Discovery through a positive public presence while out in community settings such as Educational events, Marketing events, Conferences and Talks.
    • Understanding of application of Motivational Interviewing.


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