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Mental Health Therapist​ - Child Advocacy Center for the 23rd Judicial District

Title: Mental Health Therapist
Salary: $45,000
Reports to: Executive Director

SUMMARY: This is a highly responsible professional position providing counseling services for primary and secondary child victims of physical and sexual abuse and severe neglect. Duty locations are primarily focused in Stewart and Houston counties in Middle TN with additional travel required to Dickson, Humphreys, and Cheatham counties as needed. Duties include child victim assessment; diagnosis; development of individual treatment plans consistent with professional standards and clinical pathway; provision of individual, crisis, and group play therapy appropriate for child victims; maintenance of case files; and participation in multidisciplinary team work.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Works on own initiative or in conjunction with the Center's Executive Director to meet program goals.
  2. Assists in writing program narratives, objectives, outcomes, etc. for contracts and grants as needed.
  3. Provide counseling activities including but not limited to: promoting communication and social interaction, play therapy, behavioral modification, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, mental health, counseling sexual abuse victims
  4. Maintain ethical boundaries with clients, families, and others
  5. Attend trainings, conferences, client meetings and other meetings as assigned or scheduled
  6. Provides services for primary and secondary victims of child abuse.
  7. Attends Multi-disciplinary Meetings in all relevant counties monthly.
  8. Provides reports to Executive Director on cases and demographics.
  9. Maintain consistent positive attitude that is imperative to the success of the service
  10. Conduct client intake; assess client’s presenting problems
  11. Follow company procedure on client care and documentation.
  12. Maintain client records according to the grant requirements
  13. Maintain high level of ethical conduct regarding confidentiality, dual-relationships and professional stature
  14. Communicate consistently and effectively with family.
  15. Assists Intern Program Director in supervising interns in the therapy program as needed.
  16. Delivers public addresses on the Center and child abuse awareness.
  17. Writes protocols for therapy.
  18. Regularly meet with other staff therapists and team members (as needed) to review cases.
  19. Performs other related work as required.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Master’s degree with an emphasis on child psychology. Licensed mental health therapist with a minimum of two years of experience working with child abuse victims.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general periodicals, professional journals, agency procedure manuals and contracting source regulations. Ability to write progress notes, reports and program specific procedures. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, associates and the general public. Verbal and communicative skills are extremely valuable, as facilitating groups and implementing other creative modes are essential tools of this job for educating youths.

REASONING ABILITY: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Ability to use a computer for word processing and basic data collection is necessary.

CLINICAL LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATIONS: Clinical license preferred but proof of significant progress towards obtaining license will be considered. Valid driver's license and proof of current insurance required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds of materials and at times lift and/or move up to 25 pounds of equipment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Mental Health Therapist is a full-time position working 40 hours per week. The position is grant funded and the employee will work flexible hours to meet the needs of the clients; this includes mandatory and necessary evening hours to accommodate client schedules. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to at-risk youths. Assignment of work sites may vary depending on overall program need(s). Local travel may be required as a part of this job.

Position Type: Exempt – Professional
Requirements: See clinical license requirements above. A valid driver’s license, background check, and drug test is a requisite of employment with the 23rd CAC.
Duty Location: On site at 23rd CAC ancillary office in Dover, TN as well as the main office in Charlotte, TN, and schools in all five counties of the 23rd Judicial District as needed. Flexible scheduling to include remote work as needed is permitted.

Schedule: *schedule subject to change due to required client hours in the evenings

To Apply: Email cover letter and resume to; OR via or | This is not an offer of employment. | The 23rd District Child Advocacy Center is an equal opportunity/equal access employer.

This project is funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee.