The primary responsibility of the Solo Supervisor is the safe and effective facilitation of all aspects of therapeutic solo programing at Pacific Quest. In addition to safely and professionally facilitating the solos within the Rite of Passage education model, the further responsibilities of Solo Supervisor are listed below. The position is under the supervision of the Program Director, and directly supervises the Lead Solo Staff.
- Facilitation of the wilderness solo as a therapeutic experience within the rites of passage model.
- Develop and deliver both theoretical and experiential curriculum based on ecopsychological principles, in support of the wilderness solo phase and its incorporation into the wider program. Curriculum will be congruent with students’ individual learning plans, and reflect the emphasis on the relationship with the environment as a primary therapeutic tool at Pacific Quest.
- Design and facilitation of preparatory experiences pre-solo, and incorporation experiences post-solo.
- Promote a holistic model of environmental awareness through contributing to ecological education within program.
- Documenting students’ performance and understanding of educational material, ensuring that students meet curriculum standards and that educational modules can satisfy requirements for earning credits while at Pacific Quest.
- Educating field staff on therapeutic use of experiential wilderness programming, with particular emphasis on ecopsychological models of practice, such as the contemporary rites of passage model.
- Develop and Maintain systems regarding solo protocols and procedures; enforce safety rules and guidelines for all students and staff involved in this educational module.
- Manage field staff training regarding: solo facilitation, pre-solo preparation and post solo incorporation activities with students.
- Collaborating with Field Supervisors, Wellness Department and Staff Supervisor regarding staffing and student eligibility and/or concerns for solo; evaluate students interest level, strengths and limitations in regards to the experiential solo component of the program.
- Maintaining binders of all pertinent safety, logistical and curricular information (lesson plans) for solo
- Sound ability to evaluate unsafe behaviors or situations and communicate in an effective and timely manner within the on-call structure
- Clear, timely and effective documentation of each solo and observations of both staff and students on the solo
- Following all safety protocols, training staff on these protocols and documenting and communicating any concerns
- Maintain organization and inventory of solo gear systems and report to Logistics Supervisor if and when new gear is needed; demonstrate appropriate set up and use of all equipment
- Manager on-call responsibilities as out lined in manager on-call description
- Undergraduate degree in Ecopsychology or Wilderness Therapy.
- Industry experience working with adolescents of a similar population.
- Experience in using contemporary Vision Fast / Rites of Passage model.
- Experience supervising other staff.
- Experience or education in adolescent mental health or wilderness therapy, including ability to work with students in crisis.
- Valid drivers license and clean driving record, also ability to pass a thorough background check
- Basic computer skills and the ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds
- Requires ability to be a team player, to form mutually respectful relationships with staff and students and to grow professionally in meeting the challenges of this position
- Ability to work with team of professionals as well as the ability to work independently