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Contract/Licensed Live-In Therapist Summer Costa Rica (housing + meals)

Contract/Licensed Live-In Therapist Summer Costa Rica (housing + meals)

Rooted Life Adventures | Summer 2024 Costa Rica 6-Week Teen Girls *14-17

Dominical – San Isidro PZ
, San José Province
Costa Rica



Posted on April 12, 2024


Location: Dominical, Costa Rica

Reports to: Executive Director

Contract dates:

  • 6-week program (June 13- July 24, 2024)
  • 3-day pre-program training (dates TBD)


About Rooted Life Adventures

Founded in 2022, Rooted Life Adventures is an innovative approach to mental health and wellness. This program is the first of its kind: a psychoeducational adventure program providing therapeutic coaching and partnering with participant’s at-home talk therapists creating a forward-thinking, holistic alternative to traditional adventure therapy programming. We serve both adolescents ages 14-17 and young adults ages 17-22. We offer a 6-week Summer program in Costa Rica. During program the Wellness Director, 2 program instructors, and the students live together in community in a (pretty fantastic) house while heading out for outdoor adventure excursions, cultural immersion activities, volunteer service learning projects, and stay in for wellness workshops, weekly psychoeducational core curriculum sessions, and homestead stewardship.


Rooted Life Adventures (RLA) is a start-up, a new innovative program created to target the specific post covid Gen Z student, often experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, social issues, struggle with executive function, or deep-seeded loneliness in this technological age. We are not suited for students experiencing acute mental health crises or exhibiting high-risk behaviour.


Role of Wellness Director
  • This role involves travel, a leadership training retreat, leading a 6 week program, 2 days of wrap up & debrief after the program
  • Rooted Life Adventures does not provide any clinical or medical care, instead students are able to meet virtually with their own clinical therapist at home each week. The Wellness Director will not complete any clinical or medical services.
  • The Wellness Director will need to be well spoken to coordinate with each student’s at-home talk therapist and parents, giving them weekly updates on their progress, challenges, and successes throughout the program.
  • Along with two 24/hour Program Instructors the Wellness Director will manage the group’s dynamic and facilitate the program outcomes of empowering young people to develop a core sense of self, belonging, capability, and purpose.
  • The Wellness Director will own any necessary behavior correction and all incident management on program, supported by the program instructors.
  • As part of our leadership team, the Wellness Director will help set the vision for how to provide the best program possible to our students. As the head of our field staff, you will work to create a supportive culture
  • The Wellness Director will give feedback on program structure and make assessments and recommendations for improvements.
  • The Wellness Director will lead one weekly parents group call during the program sharing the journey and learnings of the students on the program.
  • Coordinate with students at- home therapists prior to departure to exchange notes, and coordinate the students appointment on the program.
  • Provide a written summary of each student at the end of the program to give to the therapist, EC, next institution, family.


Program Preparation:

  • Prepare students for the program through a Pre-Departure Webinar with Director.
  • Head to program early to prepare program gear and accommodation

Program Responsibilities:

  • Create an environment of play, dance, glitter, silliness and experiential education. Chanel your inner camp counselor and be prepared for the slumber party that never ended.
  • Provide experiential therapeutic coaching to the students through 1-1s and in the moment coaching helping them work through daily struggles
  • Create an environment of wellness and acceptance on the program.
  • Deliver the program itinerary, initiatives, and outcomes by helping students develop a strong sense of self, belonging, capability, and purpose.
  • Lead, manage, and develop the field team with regular team meetings on program.
  • The Wellness Director will lead 1 weekly psychoeducational Core Curriculum lesson and 1 Wellness Workshop on program.
  • Support and facilitate students’ psychoeducational development.
  • Ensure that students and families are receiving the highest quality care.
  • Coordinate with Headquarter staff while in the field.
  • Send weekly updates on each student to their therapist and group update to parents and the student’s educational consultant if applicable.
  • Coordinate with the student’s therapist and discuss the student’s progress, challenges, and successes.
  • Be available by phone and email during specific hours for parent questions and concerns/ emails.
  • Critique and develop current curriculum and wellness workshops and overall program.
  • Coordinate with in-country local agent, operators, and accommodation providers.
  • Assist the Operations Director to develop and maintain a global network of operator relationships.
  • Own all outdoor risk management, incident management, and behavioural management on program 24/7, supported by your program instructors, local operators, and HQ.
  • Develop and maintain all operating and safety procedures
  • Own, develop, and maintain all operating and safety procedures 24/7, supported by your program instructors and local operators.
  • Develop and conduct outcomes based research and program assessments.
  • Participate in marketing activities as needed.
  • Participate in a multitude of thrilling but active outdoor games, adventure excursions, cultural immersion activities, and physical labour oriented volunteer service learning projects. At your choosing you can participate in all activities included in the program itinerary. Keep some office hours protected per week on program for emails and parent/ therapist communication.
  • Engage with Therapeutic and Educational Consultants when applicable.
  • Oversee program budget and gear
  • Keep firm professional boundaries.


Please note: your resume should include education, work experience, certifications, and license
  • 2+ years of experience with youth in an experiential  setting using relational, experiential, and systemic modalities
  • 2+ years of clinical experience
  • Able to pass criminal investigation background checks
  • Able to pass motor vehicle record checks
  • Crisis intervention certified
  • Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences – Social Work (MSW,) Clinical Social Work (CSW,) Clinical Mental Counseling (CMHC), Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a related discipline.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification, within 30 days of employment
  • Live in Costa Rica in a jungle retreat
  • Continued professional development & certification opportunities
  • Opportunity to transform young people’s lives with a well supported team
  • Be a part of a small team and be a pivotal voice in program direction and development
  • Learn from locals of multiple cultures and create a global network of operators
  • Participate in adventure activities, culture immersion and volunteer service learning activities while partnering with local businesses and non-profit organizations worldwide
  • Develop your global citizenship
  • Travel and health insurance while on program
Contract Details
  • The Wellness Director would be contracted for the Costa Rica 6-week Summer Program
  • During the program the Wellness Director will be working or on call 24 hours a day
  • During the program the Wellness Director is covered by Business Travel Insurance for medical coverage
  • Training retreat with all staff is required prior to program start, Dates TBD
  • All food, accommodation, and transportation provided on program.



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