Counseling Careers at Elk River

Our Quality Staff is Our Greatest Asset

We are always looking for compassionate, caring people, ready to make a difference in a teenager's life

Career Opportunities with Elk River Treatment Program

Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) provides evidenced-based, therapeutic treatment and education in a safe, residential setting. Our typical client is between the ages of 12 and 19 and have been challenged with behavior, learning or mental health difficulties at home and/or school. These problems are sometimes intensified by alcohol and/or substance abuse and fall under a dual diagnosis. ERTP’s caring, professional staff assists young people in identifying and correcting self-defeating behaviors and destructive decision-making. It's an extremely rewarding career that presents life-changing transformations in a relatively short period of time.

If you are considering a career in adolescent counseling, education or nursing, please download and complete our Employment Application and email to [email protected]. Qualified individuals must pass federal, state and local screenings before entering employment. Regardless if your specialty is listed below or not, we continually evaluate our needs for quality employees and will contact you should an opportunity become available.

Unless otherwise instructed, please email application and resume to [email protected] or you may fax to 256-518-9941. We offer a competitive salary, full medical and dental benefits. 401K options available after one year of employment. We are currently seeking:

Recreational Therapist

As a Recreational Therapist/Activity Therapist, you will play a vital role in improving the lives of adolescents struggling with mental health challenges through the application of therapeutic
recreational activities and programs. You will work closely with a multidisciplinary team to assess client needs, and facilitate therapeutic interventions that promote wellness, personal growth, and overall mental well-being.

• Oversees and facilitates high quality residential activity services
for all clients, and provides activities (e.g. team building) for staff as requested.
• Oversees the development of, and ensures the facilitation of experiential programming (ie. ropes course, climbing wall, low ropes activities).
• Ensures that comprehensive therapeutic recreation services are scheduled and facilitated.
• Organizes and oversees facility-wide activities and events.
• Organizes and oversees vocational training programs for residents, as appropriate.
• Plans and implements an activities program including, but not limited to, therapeutic leisure skills and activities, leisure education and leisure awareness.
• Facilitates and leads activity sessions to improve clients' mental and physical well-being.
• Instructs clients in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art, yoga, or relaxation techniques designed to meet their specific needs.
• Engages clients in therapeutic activities, such as exercise and games.
• Helps clients learn social skills needed to become or remain independent.
• Performs other functions and tasks as assigned.

Bachelor's (Required)

License/Certification: Certified Recreational Therapist (CTRS)

For more information, contact Elk River Treatment Program's Chief Clinical Officer Penny Baker, LPC-S at 256-518-9998 or 866-906-TEEN (8336).

Licensed Therapist

If you want to make a difference in the life of a teen while working with a dynamic team of professionals, we have the career for you. Elk River Treatment Program, located just north of Athens, AL, is seeking a full-time therapist to join our interdisciplinary treatment team.

Our programs provide boys and girls ages 12-18 with a safe therapeutic environment to identify and address issues that have disrupted their lives.

Job responsibilities include clinical assessments, treatment planning, therapy services (group, individual, and family), documentation, case management, insurance reviews, aftercare planning and clinical training.

Qualifications: ALC, LPC, LFMT, LCSW. We offer a competitive salary and benefits including medical and dental benefits for full-time employees and 401K options after one year of employment. Please send application and resume to the Director of Clinical Services, Penny Baker, LPC-S at [email protected].

Utilization / Insurance Review Specialist

We have a full-time or part-time position available for a self-motivated, well-organized individual to fill the position of Utilization Review Specialist for mental health and substance use treatment services at Elk River Treatment Program in Elkmont, AL. Elk River Treatment Program is the residential program of Pinnacle Behavioral Health, Inc. The Utilization Review Specialist is responsible for aspects of the authorization of treatment via insurance and managed care companies, provides appropriate client information to third party payers regarding the medical necessity of treatment in a timely manner, pre-certification reviews, concurrent reviews and performs appeal reviews as needed.

Qualifications: The preferred candidate holds a Master's Degree in Social Work, Psychology or other behavioral health related field and is working toward licensure or is a licensed mental health clinician.

Benefits: We offer full-time employees a competitive salary and benefits including medical and dental insurance as well as access to a 401K retirement plan after one year of employment.

Registered Nurse

Elk River Treatment Program has an opening for a registered nurse. This is an on-call evening position at our therapeutic treatment program for adolescents and teens.

Qualifications: Graduate of an approved school of nursing, current state license, good communication and computer skills. Behavioral healthcare and work experience with adolescents a plus, but not required. Please send resume to [email protected].

Supervisor - Direct Care Staff

The Direct Care Supervisor is responsible for oversight, supervision, and guidance of direct care staff at our 60- bed residential treatment program for adolescents. The Supervisor is responsible for assisting the implementation of the behavior management system, the daily schedule, and safety of the program. Supervisors carry out all job responsibilities with fidelity and accountability to the Mission, Vision, Values, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Plan of Elk River Treatment Program. The ideal candidate will have experience in residential treatment and supervision.

Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in the treatment industry and one year supervisory experience. A Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Services field is preferred.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for supervision of the direct care staff in a residential, therapeutic program for boys and girls, ages 12 – 18, with emotional, behavioral, psychiatric and substance abuse issues.
  • Responsible for assisting in the training and supervision of direct care staff.
  • Promotes health, safety and confidentiality of individuals served.
  • Responsible for assisting with the implementation of the behavioral management system, daily schedule and supervision of clients.
  • Provides on call and emergency response support.

Youth Behavioral Health Specialist - Day and Night Shifts

Transform lives and become a role model to boys and girls ages 12 - 18 while receiving some of the best training in the industry. As a youth behavioral health specialist, you will support our young clients by overseeing the implementation of individualized treatment plans, ensuring that clients are safe at all times and supervise daily activities to ensure proper coordination of clients' routines and initiatives. Ongoing training is provided. We offer competitive salary, medical and dental benefits, and 401K options after one year.

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, or related field.

Security Night Shift

We are seeking highly motivated, energetic and qualified staff for the night shift of our residential treatment program in Elkmont, AL. Elk River Treatment Program provides adolescents ages 12 to 18 with therapeutic treatment services. Many of our clients struggle with behavioral and mental health issues that sometimes co-occur with substance use. Full and Part-time positions are available. Training is provided for this position.

Requirements: High School Diploma.

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