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Nashville Children's Alliance

Clinical Therapist

Nashville Children's Alliance


Job Summary

Nashville Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the child advocacy center for Nashville and Davidson County. NCA serves all children in Davidson County aged 3 – 17 when sexual or severe physical abuse allegations are reported, with the majority of referrals coming from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD). NCA is a child-focused, trauma-informed therapeutic environment designed to meet the needs of child abuse victims and their non-offending family members. NCA is involved in child sexual and severe physical abuse cases from the first allegation of abuse until after the case is resolved in court, at absolutely no cost to families. Since 1992, NCA has worked to deliver and coordinate the services required for children to feel safe, begin the healing process, and look forward to bright futures.

NCA’s mission is to provide healing and justice for children who have been abused or exposed violence. In 2019, NCA moved into the Family Safety Center (FSC), a groundbreaking co-working space that facilitates services between Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD), the Department of Children’s Services (DCS), the District Attorney General’s Office (DA), and various nonprofit organizations. In collaboration with these partners, NCA works with children and non-offending caregivers using three evidence-based approaches: forensic interviews, Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT) coordination, and trauma-informed therapy.


The primary responsibility of the clinical therapist is to provide trauma-focused therapy to children who have been sexually and/or severely physically abused, witnessed domestic violence or witnessed a violent crime.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide weekly individual/family therapy sessions to children and siblings dealing with traumatic stress symptoms using evidenced based/evidenced informed Trauma-Focused Therapy.
  • Provide individual/family therapy sessions two late evenings per week.
  • Provide skill building and psycho-education to non-offending caregivers in conjunction with their children’s therapy.
  • Complete intakes with caregivers including crisis counseling when necessary.
  • Write clinical case notes following every client therapy session, phone conversations with caregivers, and phone conversations with other agencies (for example DCS) regarding the client.
  • Call caregivers of clients to (1) schedule intake sessions (2) schedule therapy sessions, and (3) to follow up and reschedule missed appointments.
  • Administer and score assessments required of all clients.
  • Communicate with caregivers regarding lapse in children’s attendance at therapy sessions.
  • Help clients complete and submit Victim’s Compensation applications. Provide follow- up on applications as necessary.
  • Provide support for clients by being present in court when their cases are prosecuted.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Maintain NCAtrak records for all clients.
  • Attend clinical meetings regarding administrative matters and review of client cases.
  • Advocate for clients by making phone calls or writing letters to help them receive appropriate services.
  • Assist clinical director in training master’s level counseling interns in paperwork, agency policies, counseling methods, and in providing support.
  • Conduct research for use in grant writing.
  • Record and disseminate data for grants.
  • Attend regular clinical trainings provided within the professional community in Nashville.
  • Provide trainings within the community regarding trauma-focused therapies, child abuse or to provide information about the NCA Clinical Program.
  • Actively participate in marketing the NCA’s services and program to the community.
  • Other responsibilities as determined by the clinical director and/or CEO.


  1. Master’s level degree in counseling, social work, or in a clinically-based program in a field related to the above.
  2. Experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma, preferably child sexual abuse.
  3. Experience planning and facilitating groups for adults, preferably in child sexual abuse and trauma.
  4. Fluent in Spanish and English preferred.

Special Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team preferred.
  • Professional licensure and/or two years post masters experience desired
  • Registered Play Therapist (or working toward completion of 150 training hours in Play Therapy to become registered as a play therapist) desirable.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art therapy, Sand tray therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and/or Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Framework (ARC) desirable.
  • Training and experience with family based/ attachment therapies

Additional Information


Nashville Children’s Alliance offers excellent paid time off and recognizes 20 holidays throughout the year.

NCA provides insurance options including medical, vision, dental and life.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Gina Crean at gina.crean@nashvillechildrensalliance.org with the subject line “Clinical Therapist Position”.

Nashville Children’s Alliance is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.  NCA does not discriminate in regards to gender, race, sexual preference, sexual identity, national origin, religion, disability, age or marital status in the recruitment, selection, or placement of employees.


  • Date Posted: April 25, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Working Hours: 37.5