Crisis Response Counselor

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Specialized Crisis Services
Relocation Assistance
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Company Overview


Youth Villages has been a national leader in the adoption and implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 30 years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services. 


If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.


Program Overview


Our Specialized Crisis Services program serves children and adolescents under the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis- suicidal, homicidal, physical aggression, or psychosis. The program specializes in working with the client, family, and other systemic key participants to assess the risks versus the protective factors to keep the client and others safe.  Specialized Crisis Services strives to use the least restrictive environment. The Youth Villages’ SCS Program uses a systematic treatment model where interventions are parent focused bringing change through the family, school, community, and peer groups; training staff intensively in conducting assessment, crisis management, in-home treatment, and respite care.


Position Overview

  • Provide mobile crisis response and thorough, strength-based assessment of  children and families in crises in their natural environments.
  • Utilize crisis respite homes when appropriate
  • Provide ongoing treatment and intervention to maintain the families until appropriate services are secured
  • Working non-traditional hours
  • 24 hour availability
  • Having flexibility in your schedule
  • Working well with others in a highly supervised atmosphere
  • Documentation that is on-line/ web-based and available to you from home
  • Collaborate with adult crisis teams and community consumers
  • Counselors may serve a 60+ mile radius from the office
  • Counselors may be required to attend meetings on their days off

Additional Information


Schedules vary and will be discussed in greater detail during the interview process
Youth Villages' SCS teams are based out of the following cities: Memphis, Paris, Dyersburg, Jackson, Nashville, Columbia, Cookeville, Clarksville, Dickson, Chattanooga, Morristown and Knoxville.

Schedule is flexible and non-traditional; based around the availability of youth and families served.
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a personal vehicle to use for work purposes and auto insurance.
Community Based staff will be reimbursed for applicable mileage

**PRN opportunities available as well!**



A Master's degree in a social services discipline is required
Degrees that can be considered include: social work, counseling, psychology, or marriage and family therapy. Other degrees will have to be evaluated further to determine if they meet the qualifications.
One year of clinical experience counseling with youth
Applicants who are provisionally licensed or working towards licensure are strongly preferred
Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
Basic computer knowledge
Ability to maintain a flexible schedule
Counselors must have their own vehicle to use for work purposes as well as have liability insurance


Experience growth and development through our continuous training as well as tuition and licensure reimbursement or pursue opportunities to advance both clinically and administratively with Youth Villages.


Additional Benefits


Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
Retirement Savings Pension Plan
403 (b)
2 weeks paid vacation
12 paid sick days per year
10 paid holidays
Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement




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