Therapist – Third Way Center


Denver, CO

     ***$3,000 annual differential for Therapist positions working on Lowry Campus, paid out in three increments of 6 months, 1 year and 18 months***

Third Way Center’s Lowry Campus is looking for a full time Primary Therapist to work as a member of our team working with at-risk clients ages 13-20. We are looking for a creative and dynamic person(s) who likes to be challenged and seeks to learn and better themselves professionally and personally. Our mission is to provide a continuum of services where at-risk students can work through their traumas and learn to take responsibility for their actions and lives to become productive members of society.

The primary therapist plays an important role in the multidisciplinary treatment team at Third Way Center’s Lowry Facility. There are 8-9 clients in each program with a treatment team of 2 to 3 masters level therapists, and 6 mental health counselors. Lowry is a licensed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) and has an expertise with the more acute, hard to diagnose adolescents. There is intensive training involved with this position, and involves a great deal of teamwork. As a member of Third Way Center’s treatment team, they are a clinical therapist for 8 to 9 clients and case manager for 4. 

Therapeutic Responsibilities:

The primary therapist is responsible for the overall treatment process for each individual client. They are part of a multidisciplinary treatment team that performs ongoing assessment, diagnoses and develops appropriate individualized treatment plans for each youth. Therapeutic responsibilities include, but are not limited to; family, group, and individual therapy. This includes developing therapeutic alliances by learning and understanding youths’ histories, initiating and maintaining ongoing contact with families, understanding psychological dynamics, and researching as needed. Skills related to milieu management, de-escalation, conflict resolution, supervision of staff, etc. with a trauma-informed lens are essential when working with Lowry youth. Working closely with the medical team, including medication management and oversight is a requirement, as well. The Primary Therapist is expected to attend individual and group supervision meetings, staff training, and communicate openly with and seek guidance from co-workers, treatment leaders and senior staff.

Case Management Responsibilities:

The primary therapist is responsible for the case management of 4-5 youth. Case management includes implementing the individualized treatment plan, along with ongoing communication and coordination with the youth’s referring professionals and outside support and services. Paperwork requirements include; actively participating in the Certificate of Need, developing the initial 14 day treatment plan, monthly treatment progress reports, funding reviews, and discharge/transfer summaries. It is essential that paperwork is completed in a timely manner. Managing the milieu with a therapeutic process is critical. This is done through being present, constant interaction, role modeling, teaching, and intervening when necessary. Daily living skills are continuously modeled and taught with the goal of empowering youth to learn independent living skills. The primary therapist is responsible for  continued supervision of mental health counselors, including the formal supervision of 1-2 mental health counselors on a weekly basis.

As a member of Third Way Center, we take on many roles with our clientele. Empowerment and advocacy are critical in working with youth. We utilize a trauma informed care philosophy, and it is essential we understand cultural diversity within the milieu, and are willing to learn new skills and attend in-services as needed. We are committed to respecting the dignity of persons served, to understand and enhance the opportunity for normalization and self determination, and to improve our youth’s ability in exercising healthy personal choices.

Master’s degree in related field required; LCSW, LPC or equivalent license is preferred, however ability for provisional license is appropriate. Some experience working with adolescents and families is always helpful. Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Fully vaccinated meaning at least the first two vaccinations of the series.  Booster encouraged.


We have a generous vacation package. This position comes with full benefits including medical, health, dental, vision, 403b w/match, flex, accident, and disability options. As your employer we pay 72.5% of your premiums for health and dental for the first five years.  That increases to 90% after your fifth anniversary. We also want to invest in your growth professionally as well as your health, and offer a staff gym that you can use at your leisure.