Primary Therapist - Mental Health, Residential

Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program - Whittier, CA5.0

Full-time | Contract
Job Location
Whittier MH RTC - Whittier, CA
Position Type
Job Shift
Job Category
Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program
The Primary Therapist is a therapeutic guide, journeying with the clients on their road to recovery, from admission through discharge. The Primary Therapist provides clinical assessments and contributes insightful, practical and meaningful information to the development of treatment plans. He/she orients new clients to the treatment program and makes introductions to the staff and other program participants. Each Primary Therapist carries a caseload and provides clinical treatment in the form of, but not limited to, individual, family and group counseling. As a member of the treatment team, the Primary Therapist meets weekly in collaborative fashion with the rest of the team to discuss cases. Licensed clinicians (Psychologist, LMFT, LCSW, LPC, etc.) and registered associates must possess knowledge of mental health conditions, dual diagnosis, and/or chemical dependency.


Completing the Biopsychosocial assessment within one day of admission (the parent and/or resident components**)
Meeting with clients within twenty-four hours of admission to establish therapeutic rapport
Completing the Comprehensive Treatment Plan and Integrated Treatment Summary within three days of admission
Identifying weekly treatment goals and writing contracts specific to individual client needs
Writing and facilitating the Discharge Summary
Individual psychotherapy sessions, 3 times weekly for each client
Conjoint family psychotherapy sessions at least once per week
Facilitating professional groups as assigned
Facilitating Multifamily and Alumni groups
Interfacing with insurance companies, providing appropriate clinical information to obtain initial certification and continuing stay certification as required
Meeting with each client in individual sessions as clinically indicated, providing psychotherapeutic interventions to thoroughly educate each client to the CTP and its intent, target dates, and revisions
Being appropriately accessible to family members
Conjoint family therapy is scheduled at least once each week to address issues related to the resident’s family experience. The therapist ensures that each family member is fully educated to the CTP, its goals and methods and the resident’s discharge plan. It is key that the family know how to approach and implement all discharge recommendations.
Facilitating group therapy, workshops, and educational groups as directed by the program schedule
Assessing suicidality and the possibility of danger to self or others
Charting each resident’s progress throughout the treatment experience
Charting after each individual, group, and family session
Educating each client as needed
Beginning and ending groups in a timely fashion
Creating a written plan for continuing care (DC plan) and discharge summary
The Primary Therapist attends all treatment planning meetings, all treatment review and goals setting groups, in-service trainings, and general staff meetings and clinical retreats
The Primary Therapist “oversees” the daily treatment experience of each of his/her clients
The Primary Therapist may provide additional clinical support for other clinical team members in their absence
The Primary Therapist may be required to travel to other facilities to attend trainings
This is a full-time position at one of our residential programs. For a virtual tour of the facility, please visit our website at


The Primary Therapist must possess a Master’s or Doctorate degree in an appropriate field
Clinicians must be licensed or registered in the state in which they are applying
Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program utilizes MFT and SW associates and psychological assistants under the supervision of an appropriate Licensed Independent Practitioner.
The Primary Therapist must have at least one year in acute care or residential treatment or closely related experience.
Must understand the therapeutic process, understand confidentiality laws, and have strong knowledge of professional ethics
Must be able to demonstrate leadership abilities, and be able to communicate with persons from all educational and cultural backgrounds
Must demonstrate tact, initiative, resourcefulness, a professional manner, enthusiasm, and a non-judgmental attitude

Why Work with Us

At Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program you will have the opportunity to work closely within a team of professionals consisting of mental health experts, all dedicated to promoting lasting health and healing. Clinical supervision and guidance are provided on total client care and therapeutic milieu management, as well as career growth and personal development oversight. You will develop an individualized growth plan which will help you develop your professional skills and career objectives.

Benefits include:
Competitive compensation
Full medical, dental, and vision
Paid sick time, vacation days and paid holidays
401k with employer match (Traditional/Roth)
Life insurance and disability coverage (short-term/long-term)
Supplemental benefits including FSA, HSA, and Pet Insurance
Opportunities for additional certifications and education

Get to Know Us

Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program has a 20-year legacy of transforming lives by promoting health, healing and hope to our clients and their families. We serve adolescents in both residential and outpatient settings. It is our mission to create a transformative therapeutic experience aimed at profoundly and creatively facilitating behavioral, emotional and spiritual growth. We place a high priority on providing an environment that supports an unlimited capacity for learning, and we seek qualified individuals who share our passion for improving the lives of those we serve. With plans for continued growth, upward job mobility makes this an ideal workplace for those who want to build a career in the behavioral health sector. Come grow with us.