Master's Clinical Counselor (Detention Liaison Counselor) Knox / Blount / Sevier

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

The McNabb Center is the region's leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual's "Well Mind, Well Being," we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood.

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: Detention Liaison Counselor

The Ideal Detention Liaison Counselor will work under the supervision of the Detention Crisis Response Program Coordinator. The counselor will provide direct linkage to and from the McNabb Center (e.g. referrals, records, program information, etc.). They will provide assessment, intervention, referrals and consultation to clients, families and court staff. This position requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with judges, attorneys, court staff, schools staff, outside agencies and the public. The candidate should be familiar with counseling techniques, intervention skills, family systems, mental health dynamics, and substance abuse issues and have demonstrated effective verbal and written skills.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary for this position is approximately $37,717 /yr based on relevant experience and education.

Scheduling:  This position is a Full time Monday through Friday position located at either Knox, Blount, or Sevier County Detention Centers

Travel: 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. "F" endorsement is required. Must be able to provide transportation as needed.

Equipment/Technology: This position requires the use of computer skills with an electronic medical record (EMR), and telehealth / televideo services may be offered as part of the service delivery.

QUALIFICATIONS - Detention Liaison Counselor


  • A Master's degree in Social Work, Mental Health or related field. Demonstrated skills in Psychosocial Assessments is preferred.

 Experience / Knowledge:

  • Prior experience working with adolescents and their families who exhibit mental health, behavioral and or substance abuse problems is also a requisite for this position. 
  • The candidate should be familiar with counseling techniques, intervention skills, family systems, mental health dynamics, and substance abuse issues and have demonstrated effective verbal and written skills.


  • Minimal exposure to biological hazards.
  • Hearing of normal and soft tones.
  • Close eye work.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required.
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal de-escalation techniques.
  • Applicants should be able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • 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. 
  • Effective communication skills, strong time management, and organizational skills are necessary to manage day to day job responsibilities.
  • 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. 
  • Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

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.