School-Based Bilingual Senior Therapist - Licensed Mental Health Professional

Alexandria, VA
$66,459.64 - $89,026.60 Annually
Jul 02, 2022
Jul 18, 2022
Full Time
School-Based Bilingual Senior Therapist

Licensed Mental Health Professional

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our School-Based Bilingual Senior Therapistpositions.

An Overview

The School-Based Bilingual Senior Therapist will partner with high needs youth and their families in an array of behavioral health services that are designed to help children live and thrive in their homes and communities. As part of Alexandria’s System of Care, coordinate closely with youth, families, their natural supports and colleagues in child welfare, juvenile justice, and education to ensure that integrated services are trauma informed and prioritize family and youth voice and choice, cultural influences and equity, outcome-based work, and collaboration. The Bilingual Senior Therapist is committed to racial equity and strives to ensure services are responsive to the impact of generational trauma. Services are primarily provided in a secondary school, as well as in homes, a community mental health center and virtually. Tasks are performed in accordance with established policies and procedures.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have excellent knowledge of diagnosis, assessment and evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents who experience trauma, mental health and substance abuse challenges. Excellent knowledge of family treatment strategies. Ability to conduct behavioral health assessments, treatment planning, individual, group and family therapy. Ability to work successfully with youth and their families, assisting in development of their strengths and abiding by their goals and preferences. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, in a clear concise manner, with other professionals and with the general public. Ability to collaborate with host partners and treatment team members.

The Opportunity
  • Engage children, youth, and families in evidence-based youth-led and family driven clinical assessment, individual, group and family therapy, care coordination and crisis intervention;
  • Develop and monitor treatment plans with youth and their families based on their strengths, needs, preferences, and goals;
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary workgroups, treatment planning meetings, court hearings, and relevant training, conferences and workshops;
  • Consultation, collaboration and close coordination with system of care stakeholders, i.e., youth and families,, family support partners, child welfare, juvenile justice, schools, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Guardians Ad Litem, police, etc.;
  • Provide presentations on behavioral health topics related to children, youth and families;
  • Prepare a variety of written reports including case notes, treatment plans, quarterly updates, clinical/mental health evaluations, status reports and reports to referral agencies;
  • Maintain medical records in accordance with accreditation body, Department policies, licensing and Medicaid regulations;
  • Follow department policies and procedures, including those related to productivity expectations, client payment issues, training and clinical licensure;
  • Supervise graduate level interns or externs;
  • Collect outcome, research and satisfaction data with persons served;
  • Perform all other relevant duties as assigned.

About the Department

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides programs and services in the areas of Child & Family Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Child Welfare, Early Childhood and Youth Development. CCF provides compassionate, collaborative and effective person and family-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria children and all residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Possession of Master’s degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, Education or related field; at least two years of post-graduate work experience in providing direct clinical services to consumers having one or more substance abuse, psychiatric, and emotional disorders; and licensure or license eligible (has completed all required education and supervision as required by applicable board) as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) or Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of appointment; if license eligible, the employee must obtain Virginia licensure at the first available opportunity, but no later than one year after appointment; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence if they are in a position with driving responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Fluent and Bilingual in both English and Spanish to meet the needs of persons served; At least two years of clinical experience at the level of a Licensed Mental Health Professional working with families with children with serious behavioral health challenges; Certification or training in TF-CBT or EMDR; At least three years of post-masters experience engaging school-age youth and their families in trauma-informed evidence-based behavioral health treatment services; At least three years of experience providing family therapy; At least one year of experience with electronic medical records.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; education/certifications; and driver’s license.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, daytime hours with average of two evenings a week to meet community needs.

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