Mental Health Counselor (Part-Time)
Works as part of the Supportive Community Residential Services Division. Provides support services and teach independent living skills to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders (including substance abuse and intellectual disabilities). Complete Medicaid and other billing documentation, provide community integration activities and will be required to transport clients in program vehicles. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable working with clients in their homes and in the community. Office and client residences are located in Reston. Twenty hour work schedule; shifts would fall between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m, Monday through Friday.
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- 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.
- 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 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).
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
MANDT certifications within six 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 training, valid driver's license.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a driving record check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer. Annual TB test.
Ability to observe/monitor/document consumer behavior, perform CPR and first aid. Ability to review/write clinical notes in records and use a computer. Able to transport consumers in agency vehicle(s); participate in recreational activities; and prepare meals.
A bachelors in psychology, social work or a related field. Computer literacy. Experience teaching independent living skills to individuals with mental illness, knowledge of stages of change and motivational interviewing are a plus.
Ability to climb stairs, walk, and stand and bend as needed to carry out job duties. Ability to lift and carry up to 15 lbs. All duties perform 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.