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Doors of Hope

Mental Health Counselor

Doors of Hope


Job Summary

The Mental Health Counselor generally will assist clients in meeting individual counseling goals as they progress through the program. This position also requires team collaboration in assessing applications, appropriately educating volunteers, working alongside recovery coaches, and facilitating group sessions. This position will work specifically with addiction, co-occurring disorders, and trauma-related issues. This position reports to the Clinical Supervisor.

Job Responsibilities

 The Mental Health Counselor will work in close connection with clients, volunteers, and the Doors of Hope staff members to ensure the safety and forward progress of the Doors of Hope Treatment Center and Program clients. The Mental Health Counselor will meet with clients on a regular basis and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides counseling throughout a client’s program
  • Tracks client’s individual counseling onsite and documents each daily encounter with clients
  • Monitors cases by verifying clients’ attendance, observing, and documenting any self-reported value and comfort level of clinical treatment while in the program, advocates for needed services and entitlements, obtains additional resources, intervenes in crises, and provides personal support
  • Monitors and documents daily progress of significant changes in client’s behavior, achievements, or barriers in order to provide additional resources
  • Works directly with the Clinical Supervisor and Program Assistant Director
  • Works with Recovery Coaches to review client recovery progress notes/treatment plan
  • Works with the Doors of Hope team for consultation regarding the status of the program
  • Attends weekly team meetings and bi-monthly staff meetings
  • Attends Door of Hope events
  • Facilitates groups for the program and Treatment Center clients


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree, or in pursuit of Master’s post internship
  • Licensed by the Tennessee Board (or license eligible and actively pursuing licensure with an outside supervisor) as a professional counselor (LPC/ MHSP/ LCSW)
  • At least one year experience working in a counseling or clinical setting
  • Experience in addiction counseling, co-occurring disorders, and or trauma-related counseling is preferred
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License


  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of a variety of models and theories of addiction, eating disorders, trauma, mental illness, and related issues
  • Knowledge of philosophies, practices, policies, and outcome models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for dually diagnosed populations
  • Ability to practice Trauma-Informed Care
  • Understanding of diverse cultures and gender-specific issues and ability to incorporate needs of gender and culturally diverse groups into the practice setting
  • Ability to respond and implement crisis management in case of psychiatric emergencies with the assistance of supervisor and/or medical staff
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to prioritize workload and work independently
  • Must comply with drug-free workplace guidelines
  • Must have CPR and Narcan training within 2 weeks of start date
  • Ability to use Google Workspace products
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to set firm boundaries with clients
  • Must be TB tested yearly
  • Ability to document encounters with clients in a professional manner
  • Ability to respectfully engage with diverse populations
  • Ability to adapt to high-stress situations
  • Knowledge of the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics
  • Ability to demonstrate the ACA Code of Ethics
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment and work well with others

Additional Information


PTO, cell phone reimbursement, Health Insurance reimbursement

How to Apply

Email HR at csudberry@opendoorsofhope.org -or- you can submit your resume and apply through the job posting on Indeed.


  • Date Posted: October 11, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 10/30/2023
  • Salary Range: $50,000.00
  • Working Hours: 36 hrs/wk, TUES-FRI, 8:30am-5:30pm