Therapist - Young Adult Wilderness Therapy

Job Description

Elements Traverse is a therapeutic outdoor adventure program for young adults located in central Utah. We provide young adults with the most engaging and effective treatment program in the outdoors. The therapist provides clinical leadership for an assigned team of field mentors and works closely with program staff and the field department to provide individualized treatment for young adult clients in a wilderness setting. The therapist is responsible for managing a caseload of 8-10 clients, depending on the time of the year. Our clients struggle with launching into adulthood while dealing with anxiety, depression, substance use/abuse, past trauma, and adoption issues.

Elements Traverse’s company culture closely reflects our core values of empowerment, passion, connection and character.  We believe that once we take ownership of our lives and tap into our personal power, we can identify and pursue our passions with courage and resilience. We believe that we are strongest when connected to a positive community. We believe that our integrity as a company and as a program is a reflection of who we are as individuals. We are committed to growth both individually and collectively.

Here at Elements Traverse, we believe a balanced life is the foundation of true wellness, and strive to provide that for our employees as well as our clients. We do more than provide a highly competitive wage by helping our therapists achieve a true work/life balance with the potential to take a month vacation up to every other year.

Individual, Group & Family Therapy

The therapist is responsible for conducting at least one individual therapy session per client per week. Additionally, the therapist will conduct at least two group therapy sessions per week. The therapist will support clients in progressing through a curriculum utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills and Motivational Interviewing. The therapist will occasionally provide family therapy sessions when family members visit the field. The therapist is responsible for maintaining up-to-date documentation including treatment plans, notes, and discharge summaries.


The therapist will be the primary liaison between the program and the client’s family and referral source. The therapist will update families and referral sources at least once each week on the client’s progress at Elements Traverse. They will also coordinate mail and phone calls between clients and their families.

Discharge Planning

The therapist will be responsible for working with clients and families on discharge dates and plans. This includes coordinating communication between clients and aftercare options. The therapist is responsible to complete a discharge summary on each client. The therapist will also be responsible for providing collateral information for potential aftercare programs regarding the clients.


The therapist will seek out continual training for their own professional development. They will also attend national and regional conferences relevant to Elements Traverse’s work. Additionally, the therapist will provide field staff with informal on-going training in the field on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Motivational Interviewing, Healthy Detachment, and many other relevant topics. Periodically, the therapist will conduct formal company-wide trainings on a relevant therapeutic topic.


The therapist is responsible for developing positive and productive relationships with referral sources, both those who the therapist has previously worked with as well as those who the therapist hopes to work with in the future. Marketing includes travel to meet with referral sources, phone calls, attending networking events and conferences, and other self-initiated events.

On-Call Availability

The therapist will have on-call availability for field support at all times. Additionally, the therapist will occasionally cover on-call responsibilities for other therapists. This is reciprocated over the year.


  • Passion for outdoor behavioral healthcare and Elements Traverse’s mission
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and public speaking skills
  • Experience working with young people (teens and young adults) and their families in a clinical setting
  • Ability to work independently
  • Comfortable working and traveling in a wilderness setting
  • Ability to commit to 3+ years in the position
  • Master’s degree in behavioral health services field or PhD level clinical degree
  • Licensed or license-eligible in Utah
  • Demonstrated ability to provide professional therapeutic services for young adults and their families with chemical dependency, psychosocial, emotional, or behavioral problems
  • Background treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, preferred
  • Experience working in wilderness therapy, preferred
  • Four wheel drive vehicle for travel to the field, required

To Apply

  • Send resume and cover letter to Janine Donald at [email protected]
  • Include in your cover letter why you are interested in wilderness therapy and Elements Traverse
  • Typical work week will include two days a week in the field area
  • Field Office is located in Huntington, Utah
  • Position open until filled
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Utah, USA
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Master's degree
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As soon as filled

Job Details

Job Details: 
Adventure/Wilderness Therapy

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