Master's Clinical Counselor (School Based Mental Health Liaison) Cocke


At the 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: School Based Mental Health Liaison- Cocke County. 

SUMMARY - School Based Mental Health Liaison

The School Based Mental Health Liaison provides direct mental health services in the Cocke County school system.  Clinicians will provide individual consultation to teachers and assist them in structuring classrooms to enhance the learning environment for children whose risk of developing an emotional, behavioral, or substance abuse problem is significantly higher than average or children who have minimal but detectable signs or symptoms foreshadowing a disorder.  Clinicians will provide training and education to teachers, school staff, and students to promote healthy learning environments.  Clinicians will work closely with families and assist in the development of Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  Clinicians will also provide direct services to identified students.  Demonstrated knowledge and competency in mental health service provision and leadership.

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.

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 - School Based Mental Health Liaison

Education/Knowledge:  A master's degree in a human services field such as counselor or social work.  In addition, applicants should have course work in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, etiology and treatment of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse, trauma, suicide and learning disorders.  Licensed or licensed eligible preferred.

Experience:  Must have two (2) years experience working with children with emotional or behavioral problems, or two (2) years of experience with adolescent substance use/abuse prevention, or a combination of the two.  Applicants should have experience leading groups and trainings. This person will either posses 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.  Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

Physical: Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as close eye work. Valid driver's license. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Pushing/pulling up to 150 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.