Wilderness Therapy Field Mentor
To find out more, visit our website at: www.elementswilderness.com and check out the Employment Opportunities. Our Spring 2019 Training dates are: March 1st-7th, April 12th-18th, and May 17th-23rd.
Elements Wilderness Program is now hiring Field Mentors to support our students in creating change in action! We are different from other programs in three significant ways: 1) we are a small company that is owner-operated, 2) we use evidence-based models to work with a specific population (adolescent males 13-17 ) and 3) we use a nomadic model and adventure-based programming as another way to introduce metaphor and encourage change within our students.
As a Field Mentor with Elements, here's what that means for you:
Our ability to remain small awards us the opportunity to provide constant attention to our staff, students, and program. Field Mentors work alongside the owners, and receive a high level of training and on-going personal attention each week. In order to give our students the tools to be successful in life, we ensure our Field Mentors are well-equipped as well. We believe that Field Mentors are both outdoor- and mental health- professionals and we invest in staff as such. That's why our staff have one of the best compensation packages in the industry and why we provide on-going training. Finally, our smaller size allows for real connection and community. You will grow to know, and be friends, with your peers. You will know everyone from the students to the owners, and they will know you. We have no corporate ownership overseeing everything. If you have ideas to improve the program, you'll be able to offer those directly to leadership and help implement them yourself!
We utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the 7 Challenges in our work with students. Both models have been shown to be effective in a wide variety of settings. Using these tools sets our students and families up for long-term success and offers them practical, applicable skills to practice daily. Our Field Mentors become well-versed in these skills and provide in-the-moment coaching and assessment. With the help of the great outdoors and a licensed therapist, Mentors will support and guide the students through a safe, stable, and healthy environment for each student to make better choices and thoughtful decisions.
Elements believes in the healing power of the wilderness and we keep our program nomadic because of it. Additionally, we're one of the few programs to offer adventure programming within our field area itself. This means no loading students into vans for long car rides through populated areas. Instead, you get to embrace the simplicity of the wilderness and the activities you're doing. Mentors get to participate in adventure activities, and are supported by certified adventure programming staff.
Our Mentors work an 8-days-on, 6-days-off schedule. While working, Mentors are with a small group of students and staff 24-7. Each group consists of approximately 8-9 students and you will work with 2-4 other Field Mentors (again, smaller than the industry average). You will live, eat, and work together as a group. Our students come to us struggling with a wide variety of issues-- depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, attachment, etc. We believe our students are struggling to find their way forward to healthy independence. As such, we operate from a strengths-based place, and do not condone any kind of boot-camp or deprivation model of 'breaking them down'.
In a typical day, Field Mentors are teaching new outdoor skills, playing a game, leading a therapeutic group, having a 1-on-1 session with a student, hiking over beautiful terrain, actively managing risk, and most importantly role-modeling what it means to be a healthy, capable adult. Elements operate in two great field areas: Joe's Valley Reservoir and the San Rafael Swell. These locations provide the backdrop to the rewarding and challenging work our Field Mentors do. Most of our staff choose to live in Salt Lake City, Moab, or Grand Junction-- each provides ample opportunity to explore the outdoors via biking, hiking, skiing, rafting, and climbing.
A complete application packet includes your resume, the application form on our website, two letters of professional reference, and copies of any relevant certifications you possess. Email is the best method to submit applications. Please send to Nate Oglesbee at: [email protected]