Lead Therapist

Vertava Health Scurry, TX $

Lead Therapist

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FLSA Status: Exempt


At Vertava Health, we believe in empowering individuals to restore a balanced life worth living through programs uniquely tailored to their needs. With safe, scenic campus environments located across the country, our comprehensive network treats substance addiction and mental health disorders medically, mentally and spiritually. Our customized programs support individuals with the coping skills, tools, leverage, support and accountability necessary in order to make lasting life changes.

In order to make this possible, we need an exceptional Lead Therapist who can meet the requirements below. Think you have what it takes to help us change lives all over the country?

Job Summary:

As Lead Therapist, you will organize and oversee a team of licensed therapists to deliver evidence based treatment to adult patients with substance use disorders. You will offer direct supervision to ensure each team member understands and embraces the disease model of addiction; motivational interviewing (MI); and the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). You will ensure that treatment and documentation aligns with all applicable legal, ethical, and regulatory standards. 

While you will not carry a caseload of patients, you will conduct (or assign) comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments with all newly admitted patients. You should also be available to cover groups or sessions for your team members as needed. 

The ideal candidate for this position has extensive experience in addiction and mental health treatment, outstanding organizational and communication skills, and strong leadership potential.

Priority responsibilities include:

Develop and supervise a team of therapists

  • Work with the People Team to recruit, hire, and train a team of full-time and per diem staff to meet established staffing ratios

  • Maintain and adjust a staffing schedule that addresses fluctuations in census

  • Assign caseloads and cohorts

  • Ensure the completion of biopsychosocial assessments within 72 hours of admission

  • Conduct biweekly supervision with direct reports

  • Facilitate opportunities for students and interns 

  • Foster a culture of collaboration, communication, positive energy, and compassionate support for patients, peers, and oneself

Review and uphold clinical policies and practices to advance: 

  • Standards of care

  • Safety

  • Measurable positive outcomes

  • Efficiency and workflow

  • Patient and staff satisfaction

  • Compliance with all applicable laws and regulatory standards

Improve and oversee processes related to:

  • Assessments and referrals

  • Treatment and aftercare planning

  • Documentation expectations

  • Utilization Review

  • Training and competency checks

Collaborate with other departments, teams and stakeholders, including:

  • Treatment teams 

  • Campus- and Senior-Leadership Teams

  • Business development teams

  • Medical Director, Medical and Psychiatric Providers

  • Nursing Department

  • Patient families

  • Local hospitals and providers

  • Utilization review team and insurance companies 

  • Local colleges and universities

  • Professional organizations

Other duties as assigned


  • Licensed Clinician: Psy., PhD, LICSW or LMHC 

  • Minimum of 3-years post licensure experience

  • Understanding of the disease model of addiction and evidence based treatment

  • Knowledge of relevant legal, regulatory, and ethical standards 

  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; judgement; and decision-making ability

  • Familiarity with ASAM Dimensions and level of care criteria

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stress

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to use hands and fingers, talk or hear

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk and reach continually. Ability to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch frequently

  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and carry up to 50 pounds

  • Close vision required to see computer monitor, read documents, and operate copy and fax machine

  • Work environment is indoors and climate controlled. Occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions

Vertava Health is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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