Counselor I - Equine Counselor

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1 month ago(4/17/2022 7:25 PM)


Company Summary

If you are searching for a fulfilling place to develop your career and an opportunity to make a difference in helping others, then keep reading on. Here at AAC, we have a progressive culture; we listen to your ideas, value a work/life balance, invest in education, and we foster trust and respect for all individuals. Our exceptional comp and strong benefits include company matching 401K, medical, dental, vision and life insurance. We are looking for our future leaders, who are not only going to fill the qualifications for this job description, but who are going to exceed expectations. Be a part of a team whose mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Our purpose and passion are to empower patients, their families, and our communities by helping individuals achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.


Job Summary

This position involves the facilitation of Equine assisted therapy groups for all patients as well as skills assessments as part of the initial assessment process.  The position will develop and implement equine activity plans that are age appropriate, consistent with level of growth, development and functioning of the patients we serve and consistent with the overall treatment plans/goals.  This includes maintaining a schedule of arena and trail rides. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

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.

  • Attends team meetings and keeps supervisor, therapists, and other staff members informed as to patient progress.
  • Provides all required documentation of clinical course in approved format.
  • Conducts groups and therapeutic activities as assigned by supervisor.
  • Conducts individualized patient therapy.
  • Conducts equine groups for Residential/Resolutions program patients.
  • Oversees trail rides keeping a patient to staff ratio of 5:1
  • Oversees and assures patient safety during equine programming.
  • Oversees the daily operations of the Equine Program and the Equestrian Center.
  • Oversees the care and feeding of horses.
  • Participates in clinical supervision as needed.
  • Timely completion of progress notes and other required documentation.
  • Communicates relevant information to BHT’s and other staff.
  • Advises treatment team and other staff of potential problems.
  • Reports problems to appropriate supervisor.
  • Provides facility with current licensure and certifications.
  • Participates in continuing education courses, as required by licensure and/or certification and provides copy to facility.
  • Maintains current CPR and CPI certification.
  • Conducts leisure skills assessments as needed.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Certification required or is actively working toward CEALS certification or related certification.
  • CEALS or related certifications and 5+ years’ experience in substance abuse treatment field may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum of 2 years of direct program experience preferred.
  • Ability to read and interpret written information; write clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar. Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; and participates in meetings.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Physical Requirements

AAC is committed to principles of equal opportunities for all employees.  The Company will provide reasonable accommodations that are necessary to comply with State and Federal disability discrimination laws

  • Prolonged sitting at a desk
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at a time

American Addiction Centers is an equal opportunity employer.  American Addiction Centers prohibits employment practices that discriminate against individuals or groups of employees on the basis of age, color disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other category deemed protected by state and/or federal law.


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