Pacific Quest

About the organization

Our Mission:

Pacific Quest cultivates Sustainable Growth in our students, in our families, in our communities, and in ourselves.

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Pacific Quest’s innovative Sustainable Growth model incorporates Whole Person Wellness, Individualized Clinical Care, Rites of Passage, Horticultural Therapy and Healthy Community Living in an outdoor, experiential environment.

These diverse and adaptable principles facilitate an empowered sense of self, create resilient and successful short-term transitions and nurture a healthy relationship with family, community, work and purpose.

Forming the foundation for our comprehensive curriculum, these principles make our program accessible to an international clientele of adolescents, young adults, and their families.

Pacific Quest believes that our ability to incorporate these principles at an organizational and community level are integral to our positive and progressive culture and overall long-term success.


Know and respond to PQ philosophy, policies, procedures, and Sustainable Growth model.
Review all admissions information for all assigned students in a timely manner, and immediately begin the treatment planning and care coordination process with particular attention to safety concerns. Contact parents within 24 hours of arrival to introduce yourself, discuss student’s initial adjustment to PQ, and to arrange first phone appointment.
Conduct individual, group and family therapy. Average full-time caseload is 6-7 adolescents (AD) and/or young adults (YA). (Note: Caseloads may vary based on therapist skill, clinical complexity of cases, and program needs.)
Minimum requirements for therapy:

Two face-to-face, individual therapy sessions per week (average 45- 50 minutes each).
One parent/family therapy session per week by conference call (may be video conference with student, or face-to-face during family visit).
Letter writing is encouraged by the therapist and integrated into the therapy process, consistent with the program curriculum, parent manual and the student’s treatment objectives.
Group therapy- Therapists sign up for groups in a responsible manner and ensure that designated camps receive two processing groups per week (including HT), impact letter groups as indicated, one recovery group per week (YA only), and multi-family therapy sessions during the family program.


Masters or doctoral degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related mental health field, and Hawaii license to provide psychotherapy at the independent level. Three (3) years experience with the population/wilderness therapy preferred. Must maintain active clinical licensure in the State of Hawaii.
Ability to be a team player, and to form mutually respectful relationships with everyone the therapist interacts with in their role at PQ.
Commitment to ongoing professional and personal growth necessary to meet the challenges of this position.
Ability to work independently.
Must pass a thorough background check and drug screen.
Annual physical and TB clearance required.
Must maintain current CPR and First Aid certs. CPR cert must be from a classroom training and no substitutions for First Aid cert (i.e., Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid), can be accepted.

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