Mental Health Therapist
Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team at Woodburn Place Crisis Care Program, a 16-bed, short-term residential crisis stabilization unit that serves individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders who are in psychiatric crisis. Services include crisis intervention, individual, group and family counseling, case management, medication management, social detoxification and linking individuals to ongoing mental health, substance use or co-occurring services. Responsible for intakes, assessments, treatment planning, individual, group and family treatment and providing crisis intervention/crisis stabilization services under clinical supervision. This position involves shift work, including awake overnights and weekends.
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- Makes preliminary or provisional diagnoses using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
- Shares information and discusses prevention and treatment methods and techniques in conjunction with peers and other professionals
- Links clients with appropriate community resources
- Conducts prevention education activities
- Maintains all appropriate client records according to governing standards, ensuring that records of clients on their caseload are complete, accurate and comprehensive
- Advocates on behalf of clients regarding rights and needed services
- Develops cooperative relationships with community groups and agencies
- Monitors the impact of psychotropic medication on client's functioning and mental status
- Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management under direction of a more senior therapist
- Provides ongoing risk assessments for dangerousness to self and others under the direction of a more senior therapist
- Considerable knowledge of intake procedures, social history development and interviewing techniques
- Knowledge of existing referral agencies and community resources
- Ability to formulate diagnoses
- Ability to perform mental health assessments and apply treatment approaches/modalities
- Ability to manage a caseload
- Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients;
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private organizations, community groups, and the general public
- Ability to successfully perform as a team member
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to maintain records and prepare reports
Graduation from an accredited college with at least a bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, counseling, nursing (or, for certain positions providing services to children and adolescents, a bachelor's degree in special education) plus two years of clinical experience or graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in social work, psychology, sociology or counseling plus one year of clinical experience. Clinical experience means providing direct clinical services to individuals with mental illness and includes supervised internships, practicum, and field experience. Additional education may not substitute for clinical experience.
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. Valid driver's license. Annual TB test.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) check and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer.
Work is located in community and office. Ability to independently transport self and consumers and fulfill duties at various sites. Ability to observe, process and document clinical information and make clinical interventions. Ability to access, input, and retrieve computer data.
Master's degree in counseling, psychology, social work or nursing with a minimum of one year post-degree experience working with adults who suffer from serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders in an intensive treatment group home, hospital emergency department or psychiatric unit, community-based behavioral emergency services, and/or crisis stabilization setting.
Ability to transport clients in agency vehicle(s), observe/monitor/document client behavior, perform CPR/1st Aid, climb stairs, lift up to 20 lbs, participate in recreational activities, prepare meals, work 12.5 - 16 hour shifts to include awake overnights. 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.