Pre-Release Therapist

The Pre-Release Therapist is responsible for engaging participants in the Concordance program, conducting manualized group sessions, and facilitating, evaluating, and refining the Participant’s Life Plan within the constraints of a correctional setting.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Deliver assigned individual and group sessions from the Concordance Re-entry Model to quality and fidelity.
  • Conduct assessments at the points of time identified in the Concordance Re-entry Model.
  • Facilitate the development of the participant’s Life Plan, evaluate participant Life Plan progress, refine goals as appropriate and identify necessary support.
  • Employ cognitive-behavioral programming and motivational interviewing to support, encourage, and retain participants progressing through Phase 2 of the Academy and the development of their Life Plan.
  • Oversee the coordination and integration of participants’ pre-release clinical services into post-release within a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Maintain quality and fidelity to manuals, assessments and decision-making processes.
  • Maintain and update records for assigned participants in the Concordance Academy Participant System on a timely basis.
  • Member of and participate in an inter-disciplinary team assigned to participant, providing input on progress through Concordance Re-Entry Model Phases.
  • Work within the constraints of correctional setting, complying with all institutional rules regarding safety and security.
  • Maintain positive and professional relationships with Academy participants, prison staff and administration, team members, volunteers, community partners, and adhere to Academy policies.
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure Concordance Academy continues to be the best.


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental health and substance use symptoms and diagnoses, and best practices for treatment.
  • Familiarity with 12-Step recovery and resources in the community.
  • Knowledge of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and delivering manualized interventions.
  • Ability to obtain information, identify key issues and implications, apply professional judgment to make informed and objective decisions.
  • Ability to respond to confrontational situations and use appropriate de-escalation techniques.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and develop appropriate therapeutic relationships.
  • Skilled in writing and maintaining computer-based participant records in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Ability to handle countertransference.
  • Ability to obtain information, identify key issues and implications, apply professional judgment to make informed and objective decisions.
  • Ability to plan and organize work activities; manage several tasks at once; and routinely meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform duties with fidelity, skill, and heart.


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related counseling field.
  • One-year post-masters experience with mental health, dually-diagnosed, or other vulnerable or high-risk populations
  • One-year experience working with substance use treatment
  • Experience conducting open groups and/or manualized group treatment


Licensure & Certification:

  • LCSW, LMSW, LPC, PLPC, or another related clinical licensure
  • Appropriate driver’s license
  • Obtain and maintain Department of Corrections’ security clearance.


To Apply:
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Concordance AcademyPre-Release Therapist