Boulder Crest Retreat - Virginia PATHH Guide Position Description
The PATHH Guides of Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona are responsible to the Program Director for the planning, preparation, and coordination of PATHH programs to include recreation and equine-based programs for guests of the Retreat. Through hands on interaction with guests using outdoor recreational and equine activities, PATHH Guides help guests improve mental, emotional, and physical well being; reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; build confidence; reinforce effective social skills; boost creativity and have fun.
Summary of essential job functions
PATHH Guides will have an education and professional background commensurate with this important position. PATHH Guides will typically have a military/combat experience, a high school or equivalent diploma and 5-10 years (plus) experience using recreation as a means of healing for the veteran community. The job requires a strong background in outdoor activities, such as equine, archery, kayaking, climbing, fishing, and hiking. PATHH Guides should also be patient, detail-oriented, and physically fit. Temporary employment occurs as PATHH Guides will complete a Warrior PATHH program prior to final acceptance.
While performing the duties of this job, PATHH Guides are regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak, and hear. The position also requires spending a lot of time outdoors. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
PATHH Guides must be able to travel to get back and forth to work and run errands in and around Sonoita, Arizona (within 100 miles). A driver’s license and a good driving record are required to use the company vehicle.
The work environment is a small, busy ranch facility located in Sonoita, Arizona. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Reasonable accommodations in the work environment may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
Leveraging the success of Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia, the board of directors has agreed to move forward with an expansion strategy for the western United States and is purchasing a turnkey operating Ranch in Sonoita, Arizona. This Ranch will become Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona and will take care of all programming west of the Mississippi while Boulder Crest Retreat Virginia remains focused on all east of the Mississippi. Staffing for Boulder Crest Retreat Arizona will commence on May 1, 2017. There is some opportunity for staff housing on the ranch in the form of three, two-bedroom casitas. Sonoita, Arizona is located approximately one-hour south of Tucson and 40 minutes north of Sierra Vista. Sierra Vista is the home to a US Army Post, Fort Huachuca. Both Tucson and Sierra Vista offer great opportunities for family living. Preference for hiring will be given to US military combat veterans. Any social worker or mental health therapist must be open to the Warrior PATHH curriculum and not wed to the medical model of mental health care. PATHH stands for progressive and alternative training for healing heroes.
Boulder Crest Retreat is revolutionizing a model of healing that integrates evidence-based therapies, a safe, peaceful space and unparalleled customer service to improve physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic well-being for our nation’s combat veterans and their families.
THE PROBLEM WE ARE SOLVING
Life is hard. Life is challenging, stressful and full of ups and downs. No group of men and women know that better than our nation’s combat veterans. It is estimated that more than 2.7 million men and women are battling the effects of combat-related stress in the wake of 16 years of war. The current mental health system, with its reliance on a one-size-fits-all approach, has proven ineffective and ill-equipped to address the nature and scale of the combat-related stress challenges facing combat veterans and their families. The pathological approach creates a diminished version of the patient by medicating and focusing on symptom reduction only. Although symptom reduction is important, more importantly is the measurement of growth after trauma. These service members, veterans and their families deserve and require training so they can begin to bring their unique set of skills, experiences and strengths to bear here at home.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that a privately funded model is the only way to generate the innovation, flexibility, and individualized care required to solve this problem. We believe that combat veterans are only in need of training to thrive at home, and that they are the strongest among us. We believe that times of struggle can serve as the fuel for transformation and growth. We believe that a rural setting is a critical component of the healing process. We believe that combat-related stress is contagious. To heal combat veterans, you must focus on the entire family. We believe that strong, capable, and trained military mentors, working hand-in-hand with expert therapists, are the key to fostering an environment of trust, openness, and safety. We believe that life is hard and full of ups and downs. Successfully dealing with adversity requires mentors, support networks and wellness practices. We believe that a comprehensive wellness model encompasses Mind, Body, Spirit, and Financial