Enhanced Student Assistance Therapist – Maury Co.
STARS exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services, addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success.
The STARS Enhanced Student Assistance Program (ESAP) Therapist will be responsible for directing and assisting in the implementation of all program components of the Student Assistance Model in the school(s) assigned to them.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to meet the essential functions and job responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
As STARS Therapist:
- Provides weekly individual therapy for a caseload of students referred to services for a range of presenting issues, which may include the following:
- Trauma-related symptoms
- Self-injurious behaviors
- Struggles related to family transitions, such as divorce or adoption
- Grief and loss
- Engagement in oppositional or defiant behaviors
- Significant challenges with staying focused or on task in the classroom
- Difficulties with emotion regulation and communication skills
- Struggles with a range of social/emotional skills
- Conflicts with peers, teachers, or family members
- Provides case management and follow-up services with students, parents, school personnel and community professionals, which includes making appropriate referral services, as needed.
- Collaborates closely with school counselors and/or administrators to identify referrals to the program
- Meets with parents/guardians for orientation and intake meetings to review and sign consents and initiate services
- Maintains ongoing contact with parents/guardians related to progress toward treatment goals and any other significant developments in treatment
- Completes all required clinical paperwork according to deadlines (including assessments, interpretive summaries, treatment plans, safety plans, progress notes, and any other required paperwork) and maintains clinical files
- Collaborates with teachers and offers strategies for supporting student’s progress toward treatment goals in their classrooms
- Meets weekly with the Clinical Supervisor or Director of Clinical Services to review cases and any issues related to the delivery of services or the ESAP program
- Engages in all of these services via telehealth in cases in which in-person meetings and interventions are not possible
- Collaborates with STARS Counselor and school counseling departments to develop and deliver trainings/presentations as needed on topics related to mental health and wellbeing
As Community Participant:
- Establishes and maintains working relationships with individuals, court services, social service and counseling agencies, public and private associations, and businesses in the community in order to form partnerships and service plans to meet the needs of students and their families as deemed appropriate by STARS.
- Knowledge in education and counseling services, including drug, alcohol, and violence prevention.
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in counseling, social work, with 3+ years work in youth social service field preferred.
- Five years post LCSW preferred
- Licensure as LPC-MHSP, LCSW, or LMFT strongly preferred; licensure in progress possible
- Knowledge and experience of social service referral sources in the community.
- Must possess leadership ability and team building skills.
- Good human relation skills, strong verbal and written communication skills required.
- Well-developed problem solving skills and ability to develop conceptual alternatives.
- Must possess the ability to implement and incorporate existing protocol, practices and policies into the work environment.
- Must have the ability to organize, implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, etc., of the business.
- Must be able to work some after school/non-traditional school hours.
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Disability insurance
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Vision insurance
How to Apply
Apply on-line at STARS website –
- Date Posted: July 16, 2021
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Clinician
- Service Area: Children / Youth
- Start Date: 08/01/2021
- Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk; M-F