Restorative Justice Family Therapist

Raphah Institute


Position Description / Responsibilities

Raphah Institute is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the idea that when people have the opportunity and resources to live trauma-free lives, they will.

Raphah—a Hebrew word that means “to heal”—captures the heart of our vision and work. We believe in a Nashville where justice is healing. Yes, justice in all of its forms—criminal, economic, education, social, healthcare, power—should heal those who have been broken by harm. It is our deepest desire to continue partnering with change-minded leaders and volunteers to see transformative healing in our community.

Our flagship program is our Restorative Justice Diversion Program (RJDP). RJDP is a pre-charge, community-based restorative justice partnership with the juvenile court, police department, district attorney, and public defender. As our flagship program, RJDP is based on a model of restorative justice called Restorative Community Conferencing. This approach brings people who have been harmed, the responsible youth who caused the harm, and their communities together to understand the impact of harm and explore ways to repair and heal.

Court cases in Davidson County involving youth, ages 12-17, facing criminal prosecution for non-violent, felony crimes are now regularly referred to Raphah Institute and the RJDP. Raphah took their first case in July 2018 and has since gradually increased the scope of cases referred from the court. To date, Raphah has diverted more than 50 cases from the juvenile court, serving over 50 persons harmed, and more than 75 responsible youth and their families.

Who you are:


Our family therapy service amplifies our RJDP using Multisystemic Therapy (MST). You will work with families, youth, their communities, and other key members of their ecology to implement the MST treatment model with fidelity as a part of our RJDP. MST therapists use creative and varied approaches, via close collaboration with all involved, to address the needs of youth with serious criminal offenses who also are possibly abusing substances. You will empower families to address challenging and/or problematic behavior and to help youth aged 12 - 17 make life-transforming changes. Change will be made through intensive interventions such as skill building, changing unhelpful family interactions, and increasing social support, to name a few. For more information on Multisystemic Therapy, please watch this video: How Does MST Work?

Why You Should Apply

Duties and Responsibilities

Position Requirements

Educational Requirement:

Preferred Knowledge (not required but makes you a more competitive applicant):

Preferred Experience (not required but makes you a more competitive applicant):

Preferred Personal Competencies

Communication Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Physical Demands:

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.

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