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Therapist - Co-Occurring Residential Program
Title:Therapist - Co-Occurring Residential Program
Department:Co-Occurring Residential
Location:Salt Lake City, Utah

Therapist - Co-Occurring Residential Program

Pay: $70000 per year
Schedule: Full Time

Full-Time Benefits: Approximate benefits package value: $24,000+.

  • Low-cost medical, dental, and vision coverage. Health savings account. 403b retirement plan with employer match (50% match up to 3%).
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees, their spouses, and dependents.
  • 33 paid days off: 11 observed paid holidays, 12 sick days, and 10 vacation days to start. Vacation increases to 12 days after 1 year, 15 days after 2 years, and more at 5 and 9 years of service.
    • Sick and vacation time accrue hourly per pay period.
  • $50,000 in employer-paid life insurance; additional coverage available.
  • $1,200 annual employer contribution to your Health Savings Account (paid quarterly)
  • Employee Referral Program including cash bonuses and paid time off
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligibility for qualifying employees

Volunteers of America, Utah provides community-supported paths for those who are vulnerable to improve their lives and increase their self-reliance. In alignment with our mission, VOA Utah encourages individuals with lived experience to apply. We recognize that a person’s life experiences can provide firsthand knowledge relevant to being successful in the work that we do.

Program Mission Statement
Empowering individuals who experience Co-Occurring mental wellness and substance use challenges to reclaim their lives, build resilience and cultivate lasting recovery through an all-encompassing personal approach.

Position Summary
Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, the therapist functions as a clinical member of the multidisciplinary team, providing substance use and mental health services to severely and persistently mentally ill clients in an outpatient community setting.

Essential Duties

  • Provide ongoing assessment of clients’ mental illness symptoms and clients’ response to treatment.
  • Facilitate groups as assigned using Trauma Informed Care.
  • Provide direct clinical services including individual supportive therapy and psychotherapy to clients on an individual, group, and/or family basis in a residential setting.
  • Develop and maintain effective therapeutic alliance with clients, including conceptualizing and fostering effective therapeutic processes.
  • Provide practical help and support, advocacy, coordination, side-by-side individualized support, problem solving, direct assistance training, and supervision to help clients obtain the necessities of daily living.
  • Provide on-call crisis intervention.
  • Participate in daily staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
  • Complete required documentation and meet minimum service time based on program requirements.
  • Attends work on a regular and predictable basis.

Secondary Duties

  • Maintain good professional relationships with appropriate community figures, referral sources, and other professionals.
  • Maintain and enhance professional skills and knowledge through attending conferences/ workshops/courses and reading professional materials that are relevant to job requirements and approved by the Lead Therapist and/or Program Manager. Maintain all continuing education requirements in order to maintain the therapist's professional level and status.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and adherence to Utah laws regarding confidentiality and mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Conduct professional life in accordance with the standards of his/her discipline and the clinical policies and procedures of the agency.
  • Maintain familiarity with issues and trends in the behavioral health field including comorbid mental health issues, advances in psychopharmacology, theory, and evidence-based practices.
  • Performs other functions as necessary or assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a mental health discipline and Utah licensure as a mental health therapist.
  • Experience writing treatment plans, goals, and objectives.
  • Experience working with individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder preferred.
  • Demonstrates an ability to use sound judgment within the scope of the position’s responsibilities. 
  • Organized, detail oriented, self-starter.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated skills in crisis intervention.
  • Computer literacy with familiarity of Microsoft Office/MS365
  • Ability to uphold professional boundaries, confidentiality regulations, agency policies and procedures, and interact in a professional manner with a diverse workforce, clients, and the public.
  • Willingness to accept supervision and direction.
  • Become CPR and First Aid Certified.
  • If driving is a part of the job, must be at least 21 years of age, possess a current driver’s license, have a good driving record, and be insurable on the agency liability policy.
  • Must be able to pass Utah-DHS – Office of Licensing background screening and pre-employment drug screen.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to walk up and down stairs.
  • Ability to move around the facility, interacting with clients for extended periods.
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment.  May entail using a computer for extended periods of time.

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Volunteers of America, Utah is committed to creating a diverse environment, where all people feel valued, have the opportunity to do their personal best and where leadership development is fostered. The organization is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All employment decisions are based on business needs without regard to race, ethnicity, skin color, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, mental and developmental abilities, physical ability or religious belief. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
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