Mental Health Therapist

About Childhelp

CEO and Co-Founder SaraO Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

About Childhelp Merv Griffin Village

The Childhelp Merv Griffin Village is located in Beaumont, California. Beaumont is 90-miles east of Los Angeles and 30-miles west of Palm Springs off Highway 10. Childhelp Merv Griffin Village has been providing a healing home environment for severely abused, neglected, and at-risk children since 1978. Producing a true community atmosphere, the Village houses as many as 84 children ranging in age from 6 to 14 years old. The residents live in cottages and are grouped by age and treatment needs. The children arrive at the Village experiencing severe behavioral and emotional problems as a result of their previous abusive or neglectful situations. For many of these children, the Village and its multidisciplinary team (MDT) are their last hope in avoiding placement at a juvenile correctional facility.

Position Summary:

The Wilderness Therapist will develop and implement services utilizing outdoor activities that develop and support team building and independence for the participants.
Essential Responsibilities
1. Develop and implement a program that will include written lesson content, training and integration with staff therapists and the clients individual plans and objectives.
2. Supervise all aspects of the Wilderness Program including planning, organization and execution of group and individual sessions. All activities must be documented and included in each child's permanent record.
3. Under the auspices of the Executive Director, develop and maintain information for use by marketing and community relations to maintain and develop program support.
Minimum Requirements
Master's Degree in Social Work or related field with a State of California MFT or CSW License plus 1-year of experience working with children in a residential treatment program. Licensed interns will be considered with 3-years of experience working with children in a residential treatment program.
Candidates must pass a full three tier background clearance and possess a clear State of California Driver's License with the ability to drive large vehicles and pull trailers for transporting camping gear.
Candidates must possess training in areas such as Outdoor Leadership, and other related treatment certifications, and will be able to train participants in camping, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.

Childhelp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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