Nashville Children's Alliance
Nashville Children's Alliance
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 to violence. In 2019, NCA moved into the Family Safety Center (FSC), a groundbreaking co-working space that facilitates services between the 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.
- To provide consistent therapeutic sessions to children and families
- Maintain proper record keeping for each client.
- To attend supervision with the supervisor
- Work a minimum of two days with later evening appointments per week
- Adhere to the center’s policies
- Provide weekly individual/family therapy sessions to children and siblings dealing with traumatic stress symptoms using evidence-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) follow up and reschedule missed appointments.
- Administer and score assessments required of all clients.
- Communicate with caregivers regarding lapses 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 training provided within the professional community in Nashville.
- Provide training within the community regarding trauma-focused therapies, and child abuse or 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.
- Master’s level degree in counseling, social work, or in a clinically-based program in a field related to the above.
- Experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma, preferably child sexual abuse.
- Experience planning and facilitating groups for adults, preferably in child sexual abuse and trauma.
Fluent in Spanish and English preferred
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
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Dr. Gina Crean at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Clinical Therapist Position”.
Nashville Children’s Alliance is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. NCA does not discriminate in regard 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: October 24, 2023
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
- Service Area: Children / Youth
- Working Hours: 37.5