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The Family Program Therapist at Blue Ridge will support and guide parents through an individual and family change process that parallels student’s growth in the program and is integrated with the student’s experience.
- Provide weekly family therapy calls to individuals and couples whose teens are enrolled in wilderness therapy, scheduling sessions that are convenient for families.
- Develop positive working relationships with family members to help motivate them to be highly involved in their child’s treatment.
- Provide skill-building education to families to assist in improving family system relationships.
- Facilitate weekly group conference calls to current and alumni families.
- Prepare and facilitate monthly 2-day Family Workshops.
- Make field visits in the wilderness to visit and become familiar with Blue Ridge students, and to become well versed in the wilderness therapy model and team.
- Identify, develop, and implement appropriate treatment techniques, being sensitive to the unique characteristics of each family member.
- Provide resources to families to help educate them about wilderness therapy and the Blue Ridge program.
- Offer clinical in-service training to staff about family systems & family programming.
- Attend weekly clinical meetings to participate in team consultation and supervision.
- Provide weekly updates to Primary Therapists regarding each families’ progress in family therapy.
- Provide updates to Educational Consultants upon request.
- Manage support forum for parents through closed Facebook group, with regular posting of resources and reflections for parents to supplement curriculum.
- Proven work experience with families of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges
- Working knowledge of clinical theories and practices
- Ability to build and maintain professional helping relationships and boundaries
- Ability to relate and communicate with diverse population and groups
- Excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and public speaking skills
- Ability to assess and individualize therapeutic support and interventions
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to facilitate group processes and promote mutual support
- Comfortable working and traveling in a wilderness setting
- Must have obtained a Master’s degree in the behavioral health field (Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Counseling) or PhD level clinical degree; licensed or license eligible.
- Must be willing to commute to the Blue Ridge base in Clayton, Georgia on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week, with one week per month on site Wednesday-Friday to facilitate Parent Workshops.
Contact Blue Ridge's Executive Director Dan McDougal (DanM@blueridgewilderness.com) for more details.
About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness offers clinically driven programs encompassing advanced therapeutic skill, a highly flexible nomadic wilderness therapy model, licensed wilderness therapy assessment and multiple treatment options for troubled teens ages 13-18 years old. Our individualized approach, family support and commitment to service translate to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families.