Senior Therapist - Detention Center (Women's Sober Living Unit)

City Of Alexandria Virginia
Alexandria, VA
$67,788.76 - $119,296.06 Annually
Closing date
Dec 15, 2023

Job Details

Senior Therapist - Detention Center

(Women’s Sober Living Unit)

Position Overview:

Are you searching for a position with purpose where you will share your expertise in psychotherapy? Are you currently in a position that does not challenge you? Are you passionate about learning and developing your clinical skills and working with professionals dedicated to supporting your ongoing professional development? If so, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is hiring for a Senior Therapist position in our Jail Services Team. This individual is assigned to the Sober Living Unit (SLU) with specific responsibilities related to the operation of the SLU program. These duties include identifying and evaluating inmates in population who are prospective clients of the program, provision of group and individual treatment within the program, managing the Therapeutic Community milieu, and developing comprehensive discharge/release plans for clients leaving the program/facility. Located at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, this individual will join a team of seasoned clinicians dedicated to helping our clients adjust to incarceration and live healthy and meaningful lives when they return to their communities.

Examples of Duties:
  • Provides crisis intervention and diagnostic evaluations.
  • Provides individual and group therapy.
  • Completes biopsychosocial clinical intake evaluations and other clinical assessments.
  • Performs risk assessment evaluations and provides recommendations for treatment, security precautions, and housing recommendations based on clinical impressions.
  • Provides targeted case management services for individuals in the detention center through coordinating services with associated external agencies.
  • Provides consultations to detention center staff and other agencies.
  • Maintains client records consistent with applicable state and departmental standards.
  • Performs pre-screening of inmates for detention to state psychiatric institutions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What we are looking for:

We all want to find that position and employer that gives us a sense of purpose, acceptance and inclusion. A work environment where our talents and experience are valued and supported. To be that employer, we need to ensure that our employees have the necessary skills and abilities to be successful. To be the ideal candidate for this position, it is important that you have thorough knowledge of and experience in the following subject areas:
  • Individual and group behaviors.
  • Family dynamics.
  • Abnormal psychology.
  • Substance use disorders.
  • Clinical data collection.
  • The ability to complete clinical assessments and formulate diagnoses utilizing the DSM-5.
  • The ability to create reports based on clinical formulation.

Who we are:

As a member of the Jail Services Team within the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), you will work alongside professionals dedicated to providing quality services to adult inmates with mental health, intellectual disabilities, and substance use disorders. We believe in a professional environment that fosters lifelong learning and opportunities for your personal and professional growth. We are a community of dedicated clinicians who collaborate, challenge, and support each other to advance our clinical knowledge and skills and help our clients achieve the best outcomes.

What we offer you:

In addition to an awesome group of people to work with, the City of Alexandria offers great benefits! As a full-time employee of the City of Alexandria, the following are available to you:

  • Health Insurance.
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance (excluding sworn personnel).
  • Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Paid Annual and Sick Leave/Sick Leave Bank.
  • Paid City Holidays.
  • Spring Health mental health program.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance.
  • Supplemental Life Insurance.
  • Tuition Assistance and Professional Development
  • Employee Transportation Benefits Program
  • Virginia Retirement System

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is also a qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Use the following link to access the PSLF website and learn about this program in detail: .

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Possession of Masters'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.

Preferred Qualifications

At least one year of experience working with confined populations and/or law enforcement agencies. At least one year of experience with substance use disorders or other individual/group psychotherapy. Possession of Virginia clinical license as Psychologist, LPC, or LCSW. Fluent and Bilingual in both English and Spanish.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: Criminal Records Check; Sheriff’s Office Background Check, VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database, Education and professional license.

Schedule (On-site):

Monday through Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM, with one rotating weekend.


The City of Alexandria is an award-winning, innovative, and progressive local government that brings together elected leaders, residents, businesses, and staff to foster a thriving community.  We are an independent, full-service city, providing the services typically operated by both counties and cities in areas such as public safety, transportation, human services, parks and recreation, planning, and administration. We offer a wide range of exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields, with the resources and expertise to succeed.  In Alexandria, employees are our most important asset, and we work hard to create and support a culture that delivers excellence through the shared values of respect, integrity, teamwork and continuous improvement.

Our employees have access to excellent medical, dental, vision, life insurance and other benefits.  Alexandria provides a defined-benefit pension and offers six weeks of paid parental leave to employees who become parents through birth, adoption or foster care.

We offer a robust wellness program, interdepartmental rotation program, tuition assistance funding and professional development program that helps employees obtain the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience to enhance their professional and personal growth.

With a population of approximately 160,000 and a land area of 16 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located on the Potomac River across from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known for its beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture, charming waterfront, high-tech economy, vibrant retail and restaurant corridors and diverse neighborhoods. We are a unique and historic community, and we continue to innovate for the 21st century.

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