Master's Clinical Counselor (BRIDGES School Based) Knox


At the Helen Ross McNabb Center, our mission is "Improving the lives of the people we serve."  Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: BRIDGES School Based Master's Level Clinician - Knox. 

SUMMARY - BRIDGES School Based Master's Level Clinician

The BRIDGES School Based Master's Level Clinician - Knox serves as the primary clinician that provides counseling/liaison services to a predetermined number of children/youth and families in the Knox County School (KCS) System as part of the community school model. Works alongside KCS to identify and collaborate about mental health services to selected schools while providing linkage and coordination to appropriate services. Clinician provides weekly individual and family psycho-therapy to children and adolescents ages 4-21 with a mental health diagnosis. Clinician is to provide psycho-social assessments for clients and provides diagnosis and appropriate referrals for clients assessed, as needed. Clinician provides crisis intervention and emergency services as needed. Interfaces with the school system and other agencies to increase cooperation and consistency between home, school, and community.

The BRIDGES Master's Level Clinician/Adventure Base Counselor will rotate in a 24 hour/7 day a week on-call schedule. The Bridges Master's Level Liaison/Adventure Base Counselor provides information and referral, agency linkage, advocacy, home visits, and follow-up services as defined by the Case Management Service Plan. Must have the ability to effectively and ethically counsel children and families.  Ability to present professionally and work within a team format to plan, implement, and evaluate successful interventions.  Ability to effectively run and process groups with children and families.  Ability to work within a team format to meet positive goals for children and interface with other agencies involved in the ecology of the family. Must have mental ability to exercise sound judgment under pressure.  Ability to exercise sound judgment and effective decision-making, ability to set and demonstrate appropriate boundaries, ability to be an empathic listener, flexibility, willingness, and adaptability to working with diverse populations.  Must also have the ability to communicate effectively and possess good time management and organizational skills.

Functions as a member of a treatment team to plan, implement, and evaluate successful interventions for children and families.  This individual will provide counseling activities that are adventure-based in nature and will lead group process and activities with identified children and youth as needed.  The holder of this position will provide individual, family, and group counseling sessions including initiatives that encourage communication, trust building, and responsibility of actions and clinical process of all activities. Experiences with high and low elements (ropes course) will also be utilized to meet these objectives.  The Adventure-Based Counselor will facilitate the dynamic process of interpersonal communication and community building which is intrinsic to adventure-based activities and experiences. The holder of this position will be required to do the following and other responsibilities as assigned by his/her direct supervisor: participate in IEP and other school related meetings, provide parent training, provide medication monitoring, maintain appropriate chart records, interface professionally with school personnel and other agencies, conduct group sessions with children and/or parents, interface professionally with school personnel and provides therapeutic support, interact with the Bridges Clinicians to coordinate scheduling of adventure-based groups and delivery of services (Knox County), complete all documentation in a timely manner, and uphold center policy and procedures, and CARF standards.

This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.

REQUIREMENTS - BRIDGES School Based Master's Level Clinician

Education/Knowledge: A master's degree in Human Services or related field with coursework or experience in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, etiology and treatment of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and intellectual disabilities.  Demonstrated knowledge and competency in mental health service provision and leadership. Demonstrated knowledge/experience in Adventure-Based Counseling is required.

Experience: Must have course work and or experience in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, etiology and treatment of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicide, and mental retardation. One year experience preferred. Experience working with children is preferred, although applicants may have other skills and experiences that could accommodate this position. This person will either possess experience or training in the Re-Education Philosophy or will acquire such training in the course of employment.

Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity.  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation.  This position also requires that the employee has an F Endorsement on his/her Driver License to be available to transport individuals as needed and must have reliable transportation.

Physical: Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as close eye work. Valid driver's license. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. To ensure the safety of the clients and staff, this position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care) that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking.

Compensation: Starting salary for this position is approximately $40,349 /yr based on relevant experience and education. 

The McNabb Center ( is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

MC is an EOE. MC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.