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Associate Therapist

The role of an Associate Field Therapist at outBACK allows you to have 200 days off a year!  If you hold a Masters Degree in Mental Health (Counseling, Social Work, Marriage & Family, etc) and looking for a meaningful way to affect change in the lives of young people whi le working in nature and providing therapeutic services in a nontraditional setting, outBACK may be just the place for you. 

Associate Therapists empower adolescents by transferring the principles of individual/group therapy sessions into daily life by:

  • Camping with a group of teens in the wilderness for an 9.5 day shift (followed by 11.5 days completely off)
  • Provide regular group and individual therapy sessions during an 9.5 day shift
  • Collaborate with the primary therapist and assist them in regular co-therapy sessions
  • Provide clients psycho-education, crisis-intervention, skill building, and clinical assessment
  • Participate in the staffing milieu to ensure the highest safety standards are maintained at all times
  • Model the resilience and critical thinking skills needed to live in a wilderness environment (and everyday life😉)


  • Starting annual wage of $44,000+
  • Can earn up to $53,000+ within the first year and a half of employment
  • Health, vision, dental and life insurance
  • Professional development funds available for clinical trainings/certifications
  • Clinical supervision hours are provided  
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available
  • Relocation reimbursement
  • Around 200 days off a year


  • Applicants must be a minimum of a Masters level graduate working towards their licensure in Social Work, Clinical Mental Health or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Must hold an entry level license within the state of Utah (a grace period will be allowed for those moving from another state)
  • Unpaid extended interview/training to assess appropriateness of fit
  • CPR and First Aid certifications are required (these can be obtained after the interview/training)

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Last Updated: 1/13/22