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Pacific Quest is hiring a Primary Therapist

Pacific Quest is hiring a Primary Therapist

Pacific Quest



Posted on December 30, 2023


About Pacific Quest:
Pacific Quest is an innovative residential program located in Hilo, Hawaii, dedicated to helping individuals and families create sustainable change through experiential therapy in nature. Our holistic approach combines outdoor adventure, horticulture, and therapeutic intervention to foster personal growth and emotional well-being.

Position Overview:
We are seeking a passionate and dedicated Primary Therapist to join our clinical team in Hilo, Hawaii. The ideal candidate will be licensed with experience in individual and group therapy, as well as a passion for adventure therapy. This position requires a commitment to helping individuals overcome personal challenges and supporting them on their journey toward positive change.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct individual and group therapy sessions with a diverse population of clients.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical assessments.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, including field instructors and horticultural therapists.
  • Facilitate psychoeducational groups and experiential activities in an outdoor setting.
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of client progress.


  • Experience in individual and group therapy with adolescents and young adults.
  • Familiarity with adventure therapy is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.

How to Apply:
If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals and families and meet the qualifications outlined above, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and any additional relevant documents through our online application portal: Apply Now

Job Description:
For a detailed overview of the job responsibilities and qualifications, please refer to the official job description available at Pacific Quest Job Opportunities 

Application Deadline:
We encourage interested candidates to apply at their earliest convenience, as we will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis.

Pacific Quest is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • 1. Know and respond to PQ philosophy, policies, procedures, and Sustainable Growth model.
  • 2. Review all admissions information for all assigned students in a timely manner, and immediately begin the treatment planning and care coordination process with particular attention to safety concerns. Contact parents within 24 hours of arrival to introduce yourself, discuss the student’s initial adjustment to PQ, and to arrange a first phone appointment.
  • 3. Conduct individual, group and family therapy. Average full-time caseload is 6-7 adolescents (AD) and/or young adults (YA). (Note: Caseloads may vary based on therapist skill, clinical complexity of cases, and program needs.)
  • 4. Document all clinical activities in a timely and professional manner– therapy notes are due within 48 hours of the session.

Minimum Requirements For Therapy:

  • 1. Two face-to-face, individual therapy sessions per week (average 45- 50 minutes each).
  • 2. One parent/family therapy session per week by conference call (may be video conference with student, or face-to-face during family visit).
  • 3. Letter writing is encouraged by the therapist and integrated into the therapy process, consistent with the program curriculum, parent manual and the student’s treatment objectives.
  • 4. Group therapy – PT plays a primary role in planning and conducting group therapy in accordance with PQ guidelines. Therapists sign up for groups in a responsible manner and ensure that designated camps receive two processing groups per week (including HT), impact letter groups as indicated, one recovery group per week (YA only), and multi-family therapy sessions during the family program.
  • 5. Complete psychosocial diagnostic assessments on assigned students, including self-report/interview, records review, mental status evaluation, DSM 5/ICD 10 diagnosis, and integrated summary within 10 days of arrival. Work on assessments with assigned mentor and submit to Clinical Director for review.
  • 6. Develop comprehensive treatment plan and weekly treatment plan updates in accordance with established PQ guidelines.
  • 7. Develop working partnerships with program staff to achieve desired outcomes. This is accomplished at a minimum through verbal check-ins when meeting with students, documentation of clinical concerns and intervention strategies on weekly treatment plans, email alerts/contacts, participation in case staffings, and conducting training with program guides.
  • 8. Serve as Case Manager for assigned students. As such, the PT remains informed about the student’s progress in all areas of PQ program (e.g., academics, health and wellness, program milestones, transition, etc.) and communicates effectively with others. The PT provides weekly updates to family members and referral sources as indicated and documents all activities in a timely manner.
  • 9. Facilitate transition planning throughout the student’s stay in collaboration with all team members. Complete and disseminate discharge recommendations two weeks before discharge. Submit discharge summaries for review within one week from discharge (or sooner as indicated) in accordance with established PQ guidelines.
  • 10. Provide exceptional and responsive customer service to all referral sources, students, family members, and other stakeholders. Maintain boundaries and flexibility in interactions.
  • 11. Participate in weekly clinical meetings and case staffings to ensure ongoing communication with treatment team and the utilization of available resources to meet student needs.
  • 12. Schedule and attend regular supervision meetings with Clinical Director and mentor meetings with assigned mentor. Utilize supervision and consultation on an ongoing basis to determine action plans and to enhance clinical effectiveness. Note: Attendance at clinical department meetings and Aloha Cohort supervision group is mandatory.
  • 13. On-call as assigned. Respond promptly and professionally in accordance with PQ guidelines.
  • 14. Respond to critical incidents immediately, provide clinical support, risk assessment and crisis intervention services as indicated, and ensure timely and accurate reporting of incidents in accordance with PQ policy.
  • 15. Additional duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Respond promptly and professionally to emails, both internal and external, in order to maintain a high level of internal and external customer service.
  • Arrange psychological testing, psychiatric care or additional clinical services (e.g., parent support) and consult with psychologists, psychiatrists and/or treating professionals. Presence is required for initial Integrative Psychiatry (IP) appointments for assigned students.
  • Participate in follow-up inquiries and ongoing outreach to potential referral sources and stakeholders.
  • Develop presentations, write blogs, participate in marketing and PQ promotion as assigned.
  • Provide coverage for colleagues in accordance with PQ guidelines.
  • Request/take leave and arrange coverage in accordance with PQ guidelines.
  • Attend clinical seminars, training, and mentoring opportunities as assigned.



  • Doctoral degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, or related mental health field. One year experience with behavioral healthcare/wilderness therapy/Residential Treatment is preferred. Will consider a Masters level degree with significant relevant experience.
  • Must be able to work actively toward clinical licensure in the State of Hawaii and maintain/submit a record of activities in accordance with licensing regulations.
  • When eligible, must obtain and maintain clinical licensure in a timely manner. All activities related to licensure and communications with the licensure board shall be reported to the Clinical Director.
  • Ability to be a team player, and to form mutually respectful relationships with everyone the therapist interacts with in their role at PQ.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional and personal growth necessary to meet the challenges of this position.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Able to lean into challenges and give 100% while at work
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check and drug screen
  • Must demonstrate alignment with Pacific Quest Core Values: Purpose, Professionalism, Problem Solving, Productivity and Positivity
Physical Demands:
With or without reasonable accommodation, the physical and mental requirements of this job may include the following: seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, frequent sitting, standing and walking, may be required for long periods of time and may involve climbing stairs, walking up inclines and on uneven terrain. Additional physical requirements may include, frequent lifting and or moving up to 25 pounds.
Pacific Quest is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


401(k), Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Employee discount, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Paid time off, Paid training, Vision insurance