Senior Therapist - Jail Services

Alexandria, VA
$67,788.76 - $119,296.06 Annually
Sep 08, 2023
Oct 13, 2023
Full Time
Senior Therapist - Jail Services

Position Overview:

Are you searching for a position with purpose, a position that allows you to share your expertise in psychotherapy, a position that challenges you? Are you passionate about helping persons with behavioral health challenges transform their lives and achieve recovery? If so, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is hiring for a Senior Therapist position in our Adult Jail Services department. We are a department dedicated to not only serving our clients and families but also, dedicated to supporting and valuing our staff. We provide extensive development and learning initiatives, a competitive wage and benefits package, and the facilitation of advanced clinical trainings and career advancement opportunities.

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 the clinical impressions.
  • Provides targeted case management services for individuals in the Detention Center, coordinates services with associated agencies outside the jail.
  • Provides consultations to Detention Center staff and with other agencies.
  • Maintains consumer records consistent with all applicable State and Departmental standards.
  • Performs pre-screening of inmates for detention to State Psychiatric Institutions.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Team Supervisor.
About The Jail Services Team
Under minimum supervision from the Team Supervisor, the Senior Therapists in Jail Services provides clinical intervention services to adult inmates who are experiencing psychiatric, behavioral and/or substance abuse related problems in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Duties include triage, psychosocial assessment, diagnostic evaluation, risk assessment, brief counseling, individual and group counseling, specialized case management, and facilitation of temporary detention orders for forensic hospitalization of inmates as needed. Possesses excellent knowledge of diagnostic assessment and treatment of incarcerated individuals with mental illness/substance use disorders. Develops and maintains excellent rapport with other professional staff of the Detention Center and related community agencies. Ensures continuity of information flow and consumer care from shift to shift. Communicates thoroughly, relevantly, and in an organized fashion both orally and in writing. The expectation is for the Senior Therapist to conduct the duties of the position independently, requiring minimal supervision.

What we are looking for:

The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge of individual and group behaviors, family dynamics, abnormal psychology, and disorders related to substance use. Thorough knowledge of psychiatric interviewing, gathering clinical data, assessments, and DSM-5 diagnosis. Knowledge and experience with clinical risk assessment and writing reports based on clinical formulation. Thorough knowledge and ability to provide case management services to homeless persons who have mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Knowledge of the criminal justice, law enforcement systems, and interaction with services for mental health/substance use disorders. Good skills working with persons having mental illness and with their families. Thorough knowledge of DSM V. An ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other professionals and with the general public, both orally and in writing.

Who we are:
You will work alongside professionals who are passionate about providing top-notch clinical services to adults with behavioral health disorders. We’re dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals and also, dedicated to supporting and valuing our staff. We are a community of lifelong learners 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
  • Tuition Assistance and Professional Development
  • Employee Transportation Benefits Program
  • Virginia Retirement System
  • Paid Annual and Sick Leave/Sick Leave Bank
  • Paid City Holidays
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Spring Health Mental Health Services
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

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 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 use, 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

At least one year of clinical experience with jail/forensic population. Possession of Virginia clinical license as Psychologist, LPC, or LCSW. Fluent & Bilingual in both English and Spanish.


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 (On-Site)
Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM rotating Saturday 1/2-day shift.

Please submit an application if interested in this position. All applicants will be screened per the minimum requirements and hiring managers will assess who is best fit per the needs of the team.

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