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Experiential Therapist

Department: AVIVA Children's Services
Location: Tucson, AZ

General Position Description: The Experiential Therapist reports to the Equine Program Coordinator. The Experiential Therapist is responsible for providing outpatient behavioral health treatment services to AHCCCS-eligible children, their families, and and/or adults. The Therapist provides behavioral and crisis management services to Easter Seals Blake Foundation (ESBF) members that include individual therapy, family therapy, case management, and assessment. The Therapist works as part of a treatment team by participating in a member’s on-going treatment planning process.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities (with or without accommodation):

  • Use best practice protocols in all therapeutic interventions and utilize evidence-based practice to determine appropriate experiential, adventure, equine and/or nature based therapeutic modality for each client
  • Provides ongoing equine assisted, animal assisted, experiential, and nature based individual and/or family treatment, education and support to members and their family as indicated on the member’s service plan.
  • Develops treatment team recommendations for ongoing support and services.
  • Provide effective crisis assessment and intervention including arranging for emergency psychiatric evaluation/hospitalization as indicated.
  • Attends and participates in team meetings, clinical staffings (as needed), court hearings, and other meetings relevant to meeting the treatment needs of members.
  • Uses knowledge and skill in assessment and diagnosis utilizing ICD-10 criteria. Utilize DSM-V to provide diagnoses or diagnostic impressions for children and adults.
  • Maintains clinical records in a timely manner according to standards.
  • Meets all initial and annual training requirements.
  • Actively participates in the member’s/family’s Child and Family Team (CFT) or Adult Recovery Team (ART).
  • Maintains member records in accordance with requirements set forth by the ESBF, ADHS, the RHBA and other funding sources.
  • Completes progress notes using the appropriate covered service billing codes and writes comprehensive and timely reports as required by funding source and/or system partners.
  • Provides testimony in court, as required
  • Meets requirements of productivity standards set for therapists
  • Any other duties as assigned


Knowledge and Skills (with or without accommodation):

  • Certification and/or extensive training an Experiential, Animal Assisted Therapy, Adventure Therapy, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) and/or nature-based theory and therapy models and modalities
  • Equivalent of 3,000 hours of hands on outdoor and animal experience
  • Ability to read and interpret animal body language
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current DSM and relevant diagnosis for the population served.
  • Ability to accurately read, record and interpret information, including assessments, measures, and diagnostic criteria.
  • Demonstrates clinical competency in accordance with standards for the position.
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Detail-oriented with well-developed problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong written and communication skills.
  • Strong organization, time management and project management and multitasking skills.
  • Skill in using business software and electronic health records.
  • Knowledge of cultural differences and implications for appropriate services.
  • Knowledge of the behavioral health system in Arizona.


Other requirements:

  • Must be able to walk, run, climb, stoop, kneel, sit, stand, reach, stretch, bend, squat.
  • Must be able to hold experiential nature based or animals assisted hour long sessions.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend stairs.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to remain calm, non-defensive with a supportive attitude during stressful, potential crisis, and crisis situations.

· Must be able to work in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. The types of situations that may be encountered, particularly when children and adults are involved, cause emotional stress.

  • Must be able to manage high volumes and unpredictability of work.
  • Must be able to remain flexible and reprioritize according to the changing demands of the day.
  • Must be able to manage stress in a fast - paced, unpredictable, and high intensity setting.
  • Must be able to represent EBF in a professional manner in all situations.
  • Must be able to maintain professional relationships with colleagues.
  • Must be in compliance with all EBF and regulatory requirements.


Minimum Requirements: or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Education – Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling or related behavioral health field or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Experience – Behavioral health experience preferred.
  • License –
    • Associate Level License according to Arizona State requirements as a Behavioral Health.
    • Professional or Master’s Level Therapist with the ability to obtain an associate license.
    • Certification and/or extensive and documented training an Experiential, Animal assisted Adventure Therapy, Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) and/or nature-based theory and therapy models and modalities
  • Regulatory –
    • Minimum 21 years of age.
    • Arizona Driver’s License, 39-month Motor Vehicle Report and proof of vehicle registration and liability insurance that meets insurance requirements.
    • Must possess a valid AZ DPS Level 1 fingerprint clearance card.
    • CPR and First Aid certification (Employer provides).
    • Initial current negative TB test result (Employer provides).

Easterseals Blake Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is understood and agreed that any misrepresentation by me in this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application and/or separation from the Employer's service if I have been employed. I give the Employer the right to investigate all references and to secure additional information about me, if job related. I hereby release from liability the Employer and its representatives for seeking such information, and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information. I hereby consent to and authorize Easterseals Blake Foundation to request, receive and use information as often as necessary as deemed by Easterseals Blake Foundation by consumer reporting agency bearing on my credit standing, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, including, but not limited to, my criminal background or lack of criminal background. I authorize the use by Easterseals Blake Foundation of the original or photocopy of this authorization. The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant's consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. I understand that just as I am free to resign at any time, the Employer reserves the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice. I understand that no representative of the Employer has the authority to make any assurances to the contrary.

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