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Child Advocacy Center for the 23rd Judicial District

Mental Health Therapist

Child Advocacy Center for the 23rd Judicial District


Job Summary

Title:   Therapist

Salary range:  $46,000 – $50,000

Reports to:      Executive Director


This is a highly responsible professional position providing counseling services for primary and secondary child victims of physical and sexual abuse and severe neglect. Duty locations are primarily focused in Stewart and Houston counties in Middle TN with additional travel required to Dickson, Humphreys, and Cheatham counties as needed.  Duties include child victim assessment; diagnosis; development of individual treatment plans consistent with professional standards and clinical pathway; provision of individual, crisis, and group play therapy appropriate for child victims; maintenance of case files; and participation in multi­disciplinary team work.  

Job Responsibilities

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

  1. Works on own initiative or in conjunction with the Center’s Executive Director to meet program goals.
  2. Assists in writing program narratives, objectives, outcomes, etc. for contracts and grants as needed.
  3. Provide counseling activities including but not limited to: promoting communication and social interaction, play therapy, behavioral modification, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, mental health, counseling sexual abuse victims
  4. Attend trainings, conferences, client meetings and other meetings as assigned or scheduled
  5. Provides services for primary and secondary victims of child abuse.
  6. Attends CPIT and multidisciplinary meetings as needed in all counties monthly.
  7. Provides reports to Executive Director on cases and demographics.
  8. Conduct client intake; assess client’s presenting problems
  9. Maintain client records according to the grant requirements and follow all procedures on client documentation and care.
  10. Maintain high level of ethical conduct regarding confidentiality, dual-relationships and professional stature as well as ethical boundaries with clients, families, and others.
  11. Communicate consistently and effectively with family.
  12. Assists Senior Therapist/Intern Program Director with interns in the therapy program as needed.
  13. Assists in occasionally making appearances and delivering public addresses on the Center and child abuse awareness as needed.
  14. Writes protocols for therapy.
  15. Regularly meet with other staff therapists and team members to review cases.
  16. Performs other related work as required.





Completed or nearing completion of Master’s degree with an emphasis on child psychology (subject to Exec Dir review of program progress).  Licensed mental health therapist or currently working towards licensure with a minimum of 6 months of experience working with child abuse victims.



Ability to read, analyze and interpret general periodicals, professional journals, agency procedure manuals and contracting source regulations. Ability to write progress notes, reports and program specific procedures. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, associates and the general public. Verbal and communicative skills are extremely valuable, as facilitating groups and implementing other creative modes are essential tools of this job for educating youths.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form. Ability to use a computer for word processing and basic data collection is necessary.



Clinical license preferred but proof of significant progress towards obtaining license will be considered.  Valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance required.



The physical 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds of materials and at times lift and/or move up to 25 pounds of equipment.



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 Mental Health Therapist is a full-time position working 40 hours per week. The position is grant funded and the employee will work flexible hours to meet the needs of the clients; this includes mandatory and necessary evening hours to accommodate client schedules. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to at-risk youths. Assignment of work sites may vary depending on overall program need(s). Local travel may be required as a part of this job.

Position Type:  Exempt – Professional

Requirements:  Master’s in relevant field required.  See clinical license requirements above for additional info.  A valid driver’s license, background check, and drug test is a requisite of employment with the 23rd CAC.

Additional Information



Generous paid time off (vacation and sick), health insurance, flexible schedule and hybrid work, and in house supervision offered for those on LPC track

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to


  • Date Posted: October 3, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 10/14/2022
  • Salary Range: 47,000-50,000
  • Working Hours: 40hrs/wk, flexible