Mental Health Counselor

$47,300.03 - $78,832.62 yr
May 15, 2017
May 29, 2017
Full Time
Works at the New Generations office located in the Vienna/Tyson's Corner area of Virginia. Manages a treatment program for women and children with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health diagnosis. As a member of the therapeutic team, the duties include:
  • Prepares draft treatment plans for review and approval;
  • Assists with the identification of clinical objectives based on client needs, the nature and severity of clinical diagnosis;
  • Proposes treatment modalities and techniques;
  • Identifies referrals and/or adjunctive therapies;
  • Responds to crisis situation and provided appropriate clinical interventions, de-escalate problem situations;
  • Co-facilitate treatment group sessions;
  • Assists in client intakes.
NOTE: This position requires day, evening and weekend availability as well as flexibility with holiday and overnight coverage.

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Illustrative Duties
  • Functions as a co-therapist in groups;
  • Prepares draft treatment plans for review, with consideration given to the nature and severity of the mental health problem, family and job-related circumstances, legal complications, individual and family histories, physical condition, and other pertinent factors;
  • Presents cases for staff discussion;
  • Provides individual counseling involving specific concerns;
  • Conducts intake interviews and supervised assessments;
  • Provides input to senior clinicians on treatment plan development and assists with its implementation;
  • Shares information and discusses prevention and treatment methods and techniques in conjunction with peers and other professionals;
  • Provides orientation and education sessions for clients, family members, and significant others;
  • Provides information on referral services for individuals, families, and other concerned persons;
  • Provides liaison with physicians and other service providers;
  • Provides training and assists clients in developing and practicing living and empowerment skills;
  • Anticipates crises and provides intervention in crisis situations within a limited range of events;
  • Organizes and maintains client files;
  • Maintains all appropriate client records according to governing standards.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of individuals;
  • Considerable knowledge of community resources including relevant public and private organizations;
  • Knowledge of counseling and interviewing techniques;
  • Ability to recognize external behavioral symptoms of mentally ill individuals, who may concurrently exhibit signs of substance abuse;
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, sociology, or nursing (or, for certain positions providing services to children and adolescents, a bachelor's degree in special education).

  • Two years of experience providing services to clients with substance abuse and or mental health in a residential setting;
  • Two years of experience work with clients with co-occurring diagnosis;
  • Experience developing a treatment plan;
  • Ability to diffuse escalating situations;
  • Experience co-facilitating group sessions
  • Mandatory Certifications within six (6) months of appointment and annually thereafter, for positions in CSB residential services;
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment, for positions in residential programs;
  • Medication Administration Assistance Certification within 90 days of appointment, for positions in residential programs.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer. TB screening up on hire and annually thereafter.
Contingent upon area of assignment, some positions within this class:
Must be eligible to provide services that can be reimbursed by Medicaid in accordance
with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services' requirements;
Must meet the requirements to be a provider of Case Management Services as set forth by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services;
Require a valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB;
Require Hepatitis C screening upon hire and annually thereafter;
Office of the Inspector General (OIG) check;
Require a National Provider Identifier.

Panel interview.

This position requires one to be able to stand, walk , climb stairs, stoop, bend, visual acuity to read data on a computer monitor, operate keyboard driven equipment and computers with or without reasonable accommodations.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY Fairfax County is proud to offer employees an attractive and comprehensive benefits program, including the following:
  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Programs
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Leave (Sick and Vacation)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees' Child Care Center and Fitness Center
  • Flexible Schedule and Telework Options
  • Transportation Subsidy
  • Discount Educational Programs
For additional details please visit the County's benefits webpage.
01 What is the highest level of education that you have completed?
  • Less than 12th grade
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree
02 Is your degree in one of the following disciplines?
  • Psychology
  • Socal work
  • Industrial/labor relations
  • Related field
  • Other
03 If you answered "Other (related discipline)" or "Other (non-related discipline) for the previous question, please list the discipline of your degree. If this questions does not pertain to you or you do not possess a degree, enter "N/A".
04 How many years of experience do you have providing assessment, therapy, and case management services to children, and adults?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four or more years
05 How many years of clinical experience do you have providing integrated therapies to co-occurring individuals in a residential setting?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four or more years
06 How many years of experience do you have working as a mental therapist?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four or more years
07 This position is considered essential to the operations of the Community Services Board, and provides 24 hour/day 7 day/week coverage. The schedule requires one to be able to work an 8 hour shift to include weekends, evenings, overnight and holiday hours. Are you willing to work these hours?
  • Yes
  • No

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