STARS Nashville

Enhanced Student Assistance Therapist – Middle TN

STARS Nashville


Job Summary

The STARS Therapist will be responsible for providing school-based individual therapy and related clinical services for students in their assigned schools. In cases in which schools are closed temporarily due to health concerns, as is the case with Covid-19 pandemic, these services may be provided remotely via telehealth.

Job Responsibilities

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:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • 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.


  1. Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Master’s degree in counseling or social work required.
  • Licensure as LPC-MHSP, LCSW, or LMFT strongly preferred; minimum licensure as LMSW or temporary LPC-MHSP required.
  • Three or more years of related experience, including school-based services.
  • Knowledge and experience of social service referral sources in the community.
  • Must possess leadership ability and team building skills.
  • Strong human relation skills, strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Strong organizational 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.

  1. Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

  • Exceptional skills in:
    • Human relations
    • Verbal and written communications
    • Problem solving
    • Organizational management
    • Team building
  • Proven ability to:
    • Provide clinical services for youth and families in a school-based setting
    • Seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing protocol, practices and policies.
    • Plan, organize, develop, implement, interpret and support goals, objectives, policies, procedures, etc.
    • Support organization’s goals and values.
    • Respond to common inquiries, issues or complaints from employees, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
    • Foster a work environment that shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences.
    • Promote a bullying and harassment-free environment.
    • Serve a diverse school and community population.
    • Build morale and group commitment to goals and support everyone’s efforts to succeed.
    • Develop conceptual alternatives and think globally.
    • Deliver customer service with both internal and external partners.
    • Maintain a high level of personal and professional integrity and ethics at all times.
    • Ensure confidentiality and security of sensitive data.
    • Facilitate and manage cross-department and cross-company collaboration.

  1. 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 noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to quiet.

  1. Physical & Mental Demands:

The physical and mental 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.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.

The employee’s psychological health and stability must allow them to refer, counsel, teach, support, and manage the needs of young people, families and other stakeholders served. In some cases, Therapists manage severe crisis episodes, including but not limited to, suicide ideation, physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, use and addiction, mental abuse, cutting, homicidal issues, and trauma. Employee must have ability to consistently operate with integrity and honesty. Employee must have ability to maintain healthy boundaries with young people, families, stakeholders and colleagues.

  1. Performance Standards

The STARS Therapist will be evaluated on his/her ability to perform the essential functions of this position; utilize their skills and abilities to meet annual individual, departmental and organizational goals; complete projects and assigned tasks in an accurate, cooperative and timely manner; set realistic priorities; and maintain his/her professionalism in interactions with staff, donors, and other major stakeholders.

Additional Information


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

How to Apply

Apply on-line at STARS website –



  • Date Posted: September 24, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 09/20/2021
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk; M-F