Center for Discovery

  • Primary Therapist

    Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/2/2018 11:51 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • 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:

    • 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 eating disorder facility for adults and adolescents in age specific treatment groups, with comprehensive family program and family support. 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 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 interns possess knowledge of dual diagnosis, eating disorders 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 LCSW interns 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 residential 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


    • Completes the Biopsychosocial assessment within one day of admission (parent and/or resident components**)
    • Completes the Comprehensive Treatment Plan and Integrated Treatment Summary within three days of admission
    • Identify weekly treatment goals and write contracts relative to individual client needs
    • Write and facilitate the Discharge Summary
    • Individual psychotherapy sessions
    • Conjoint family psychotherapy sessions
    • Facilitate professional groups as assigned.
    • Facilitate Multifamily and Alumni groups
    • Interface with insurance companies, providing appropriate clinical information to obtain initial certification and continuing stay certification as required.
    • Meets with each resident in individual session as clinically indicated, provide psychotherapeutic interventions, to thoroughly educate each resident to the CTP and its intent, target dates, and revisions.
    • Is 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 client’s discharge plan. It is key that the family know how to approach and implement all discharge recommendations.
    • Meets with clients within twenty-four hours of admission to establish therapeutic rapport.
    • Facilitates group therapy, workshops, and educational groups as directed by the program schedule.
    • Assesses suicidality and possibility for danger to self or others.
    • Charts each client’s progress throughout the treatment experience.
    • Charts after each individual, group, and family session.
    • Educates each client as needed.
    • Begins and ends groups timely.
    • Creates 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 training’s, 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 members of the clinical team in their absence.
    • May be required to travel to other facilities to attend trainings.


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