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Nashville CARES

Clinical Therapist

Nashville CARES


Job Summary

Nashville CARES is seeking candidates with a diversity of work and life experience to provide individuals, couples, and groups to people living with HIV. The ideal candidate will have prior experience providing mental health services to individuals and groups and operates from a trauma-informed lens. Our goal is to maintain a supportive working environment for staff while also delivering excellent mental health services to our clients.  At Nashville CARES, we believe just as strongly in work-life balance as we do in our mission statement and are seeking candidates who feel as strongly about that as we do. If you love supporting the team you work with, have a good sense of humor, believe in the importance of meeting clients where they are, and are looking to grow with an organization in your next role, this might be the position for you.

Job Responsibilities

What you’ll do:

  • Provide a full range of clinical services on-site, off-site, and via telehealth to include mental health and addiction treatment services, biopsychosocial assessments, treatment planning, individual and couples counseling, group facilitation, & crisis intervention
  • Provide trauma-informed clinical services & participate in programs to support agency-wide implementation of trauma-informed care
  • Identify, establish, and/or maintain contact with key social service providers in the community, specific to mental health & addiction treatment, with a focus on linking HIV+ individuals who are not currently accessing community-based services
  • Prepares and maintains necessary client records and reports in accordance with licensing and accreditation standards and agency policies/procedures
  • Provide services consistent with a community counseling model, including education/prevention, outreach, advocacy, and consultation
  • Participate in benefit authorization, utilization review, and/or chart audit process, as requested
  • Participates in weekly individual and group clinical supervision
  • Maintain work consistent with quality standards established by the agency and in compliance with state licensure and funding requirements

Who you are:

  • A person who is passionate about providing therapy to people with diverse needs, mental health diagnoses, life experiences, and demographics.
  • A person who is patient and flexible in meeting client needs but who is also able to establish and maintain good boundaries.
  • A team player who also works well independently.
  • A lifelong learner; someone who values personal & professional development.
  • A person who values work-life balance.
  • A person with strong organizational and documentation skills.

Nashville CARES is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, and clients. We respect equality and inclusivity for all people and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We respect, value, and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person who they are.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.


Required qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or a related area
  • State of Tennessee unencumbered behavioral health licensure, such as LCSW, LMSW seeking clinical licensure, LMFT, or LPC – or license eligible within the first 90 days of employment
  • Minimum of 2 years of clinical or relevant experience
  • Excellent communication skills and a desire to work with populations who have a high prevalence of mental illness, trauma, and substance use.
  • Experience working with populations diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc.
  • Demonstrated relationship skills to engage current and/or potential clients in Behavioral Health services
  • Valid Tennessee Driver’s License, vehicle, and automobile liability insurance to facilitate local travel required for client/agency-related business. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Four years of social service experience related to HIV/AIDS, co-occurring disorders, substance use, sexual identity issues, grief/loss, trauma, or crisis intervention.
  • Training in evidence-based trauma interventions
  • Experience providing behavioral health services utilizing telehealth platforms
  • Experience, as a clinician, interfacing with insurance companies
  • Bi-lingual abilities preferred

Additional Information


  • Health insurance with employer-paid premium + buy-up options
  • Dental & vision with employer-paid premium + buy-up options
  • Over 5 weeks of PTO in the first year (full-time employees)
  • 12+ paid holidays per year
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
  • 403(b) Retirement savings plan

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and a COVER LETTER explaining why you are specifically interested in this position to be considered to:



  • Date Posted: August 3, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Salary Range: $42,000-$45,000 based on experience (includes enhancement)
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk