Sierra Tucson seeking Eagala Certified Mental Health Professional

Sierra Tucson seeking Eagala Certified Mental Health Professional

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Please apply through the Sierra Tucson website:

Since 1983, Sierra Tucson has led the way in addiction and behavioral health treatment in Arizona, across the country and internationally. Distinguished for comprehensive programs, innovative and effective therapies, and clinical excellence, personified by an extraordinary and highly credentialed staff, Sierra Tucson provides comprehensive treatment to identify and resolve underlying issues that cause behavioral health disorders. Patients receive the resources, support, and tools necessary for long-term change to occur, including one full year of continuing care and a lifetime of alumni services. Our serene, 160-acre campus is located in beautiful Catalina, Arizona, and is a place of peace, hope and healing.


Sierra Tucson is a subsidiary of the Acadia Healthcare network. Acadia is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services. Acadia operates a network of 227 behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 9,900 beds in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Acadia provides behavioral healthcare and substance use services to its patients in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, specialty treatment facilities, residential treatment centers and outpatient clinics.


The Equine Therapist position involves the co-facilitation of equine assisted therapy groups for residents as well as providing individual equine therapy sessions when recommended by the treatment team.

The Equine Therapist is required to document all therapeutic encounters, to participate in communication with the interdisciplinary team, and to be able to design safe and appropriate activities based on each resident’s individual needs.

The employee may also be assigned to assist with horse care duties such as feeding, maintenance of stalls and basic equine health care.

The employee is expected to help maintain a clean, presentable, and safe environment in the stable area.

Position may also receive cross-training among other clinical departments and be asked to help provide coverage for groups, lectures, and activities outside of equine.

The employee will attend company-wide mandatory meetings, regularly scheduled trainings, and weekly staff meetings.



Master’s degree in counseling/psychology or related field.

Eligibility for Licensure in the State of Arizona, associate-level license at minimum preferred.


Prefer a minimum of two years of experience working with substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders and behavioral health issues.

A minimum of two years working with horses and clients using the equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) model preferred.


Group therapy facilitation skills for Equine Assisted Therapy.

Computer skills.

Ability to communicate with and work within a multi-disciplinary treatment team.

Ability to work with a wide range of diagnoses and behaviors.

Ability to handle horses involving leading, grooming, and groundwork activities.

Be able to conduct basic horse care skills to support equine specialist.


Licensure in Behavioral Health field preferred (or in the process of licensure).

Certification in horsemanship skills or EAP preferred (EAGALA, NL, and/or CHA).


Moderate to heavy lifting up to 75 lbs.

Able to stand or walk for long periods of time.

Good vision and hearing.


Maintain complete confidentiality in all patient/program matters, in accordance with facility policy.

Adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to the job, the department, and external regulating bodies or obtain approval for exception.


In addition to working for a premier treatment center with competitive pay, our employees enjoy these other great benefits:

Three medical plan levels, dental and vision insurance

HSA with Company contribution

FSA, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

Basic Life/AD&D and Supplemental Life Insurance

Short Term and Long Term Insurance

401k with Company match

EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

Employee Discount Program

Generous PTO, Sick Time, paid holidays and professional development reimbursement

*** Salary dependent on a candidate's experience and qualifications ***

Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)