compensation: $50 per hour (includes meetings, trainings, and all other school-related time) employment type: part-time
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HERE'S OUR FANCY JOB TITLE: Acceptance and Commitment Therapist (new therapists welcome to apply)
THE JOB TAKES PLACE HERE: Two Roads Academy in Williston
THE DEETS: $50/hour; up to 8 hours per week (potential for more hours as we get more kids). You will probably start at 3-5 hours per week.
SO, WHAT'S THE JOB LIKE?
ACT therapists working with adolescents help them begin to develop their values, to individuate from their families of origin, and to learn skills to make space for uncomfortable, unwanted thoughts and feelings in the service of vital, values-driven living. At Two Roads, ACT therapists are strengths-based counselors, collaborators, cheerleaders, and behavior activists. The therapists are able to successfully do their work because they embody psychological flexibility themselves, are able to model, teach, and experience it.
We don't diagnose. We don't have treatment plans.
We are part of a larger school community made up of behavior interventionists, special educators, outdoor leaders, behavior analysts, and the larger Vermont school system. We are also part of a larger contextual behavioral science community committed to enhancing human thriving through the most advanced theories on human cognition and behavior. (Yes, we are behaviorists!)
If you are unfamiliar with ACT, the position includes a willingness to learn and use ACT- a buy-in to the therapeutic model, as it were. Knowledge of Attachment Theory, Narrative therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies will be helpful.
THAT SOUNDS COOL AN' ALL, BUT TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL.
Two Roads is a small independent day school working with youth who struggle in the public school setting, mostly due to behavioral problems. Students work one-on-one with behavior interventionists, engaging in project-based learning individually designed for each student. Students also take part in an outdoor education program aimed at developing skills such as perseverance, acceptance, willingness, trust, collaboration, and mindfulness. Two Roads is founded on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an evidence-based behavioral model that recognizes suffering is a part of life, and that vital living is not dependent on reducing symptoms, but rather in expanding a repertoire of skills to help people live more flexibly. This model is woven into our everyday interactions with students, as well as our case conceptualizations and behavior plans.
WOW! THAT'S A DREAM JOB! WHAT WOULD BE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
1. Per diem individual therapy with Two Roads students
2. Conducting formal assessments to track student progress
3. Being a part of the school community
4. Taking part in restorative practices
5. Attending some all-school meetings
6. Periodically attending the outdoor program
7. Ongoing discussion with behavior interventionists, the special educator, and the school director
8. Weekly meetings/peer consults with other ACT therapists at the school
9. Periodic mandatory trainings
10. Periodic optional trainings
AS A THERAPIST, WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?
1. A working understanding of the therapeutic relationship
2. Basic knowledge of human development and trauma
3. Previous experience working with teens
4. Can responsibly keep daily notes
5. An ability to manage a caseload of up to ten clients at the school (but you'll more likely have around four)
WHAT KINDS OF CREDENTIALS DO I NEED?
1. A master's, doctorate, or equal certification
2. A valid mental health license, or be working towards one
3. Clinical supervision (if unlicensed)
4. Valid insurance (not provided by the school)
AND WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT HOW I'M GOING TO USE ACT?
1. Operating therapeutically with a comprehensive understanding of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy fundamentals. These include:
a) An understanding of psychological flexibility/inflexibility;
b) An understanding of the hexaflex model (what the processes mean, etc.)
c) A working knowledge of basic behavioral principles (ABCs, operant and classical conditioning, etc.)
2. Basic comprehension of Relation Frame Theory
3. Operating from a basic toolkit for acceptance, defusion, present moment/mindfulness, self-as-context, values, and committed action interventions. These include:
b) Experiential exercises
c) Mindfulness skills
5. Informal and formal assessments for psychological flexibility
(You can learn some of this as you go, but any familiarity with this stuff will help you get started.)
OKAY, I'M TOTES INTERESTED. WHAT'S MY NEXT STEP?
Please send me a cover letter and resume. My name is John Powell.
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