Senior Therapist - Part C Early Intervention Program

Alexandria, VA
$67,788.76 - $90,807.08 Annually
Sep 15, 2023
Sep 29, 2023
Full Time
Senior Therapist

Part C Early Intervention Program

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 Senior Therapist position.

An Overview

Under the direction of the Early Intervention Program Manager, the Senior Therapist serves as subject matter expert for infants and toddlers with delays and disorders in social-emotional development, cognitive development (particularly sensorimotor and preoperational), atypical development including autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, and behavior.

A Senior Therapist in the Part C Early Intervention Program provides clinical assessment, intervention and therapeutic services for families of children with atypical development in areas that may impact their integration within home, education or community environments. Employees in this class provide diagnostic assessments which provides therapeutic information and guide the therapist in the need for referring the child or family to additional treatment services, job opportunities, medical treatment, and other community referral sources, as needed. The therapist generally conducts these tasks during regular working hours. The incumbents in this class may serve as clinical supervisors for practicum/intern students, as well as for co-workers seeking licensure. The work is performed under the general supervision of a program or team leader.

Provide with reduced for eligibility, assessment for service planning, development of Individualized Family Service plans, and direct services focused in typical and atypical development of social-emotional skills, cognitive skills (particularly sensorimotor and preoperational), including autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, and behavior disorders and differences.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of individual and group behavior including thorough knowledge of treatment issues related to psychiatric problems, dual-diagnosis, and chemical dependency, good knowledge of psychopharmacology, psychiatric disorders, alcoholism/drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, and/or elderly and aging; ability to work successfully with a variety of consumers, ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing with other professionals and with the public, ability to plan and supervise the work of interns or students.

The Opportunity

Clinical (75%)
  • Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team of service providers, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, to develop and implement Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP).
  • Ensures that clinical assessment, intervention and services are incorporated into and carried out through the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • Supports Transition Planning for children exiting the PIE Program.
  • Participate in teaming meetings with other providers.
  • Serve as an early intervention subject matter experts and consultants to the community and provide training and guidance related to child development.
  • Provides supportive developmental services that are unique to each family’s situation utilizing modalities of parent education, counseling and coaching.
  • Provide independent, individualized developmental and special education services and therapy for children 0-3.

Administrative and Outreach (25%)
  • Serve as a liaison for families between service coordinators and other professionals regarding client progress and development.
  • Conduct community outreach and awareness activities (i.e., playgroups, in-services, trainings, community leadership activities, and parent support groups).
  • Prepare professional level reports for families, physicians, and other service providers.
  • Provide supervision to bachelors and master's level student interns and train new employees.
  • Maintain client clinical and administrative records.
  • Perform related work as required.

About the Department
The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides programs and services for Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Child Welfare & Child Protective Services, 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

At least one year of prior experience providing intervention to infants 0-3. Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist or Infant Mental Health Mentor. Training or experience in adult learning principles. Ability to provide services as a bilingual therapist. At least one year of personnel experience in providing Part C early intervention supports and services in Virginia. Must meet the discipline-specific requirements for one of the following: Counselor, Human Development and Family, Family Therapist, Psychologist, or Social Worker. Certified by the State Lead Agency both as an Early Intervention Professional and Early Intervention Case Manager. At least three years or more of clinical job experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills.


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


Monday through Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM.

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