FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST (BILINGUAL)

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Oct 13, 2017
Closes
Oct 26, 2017
Hours
Full Time
Job Title: FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST (BILINGUAL) Closing Date/Time: Thu. 10/26/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $55,660.80 - $85,051.20 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: Argus House, 1527 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       Please note: The salary range above covers the Mental Health Therapist II position for a candidate who is hired without the appropriate Virginia clinical licensure. The salary range for Mental Health Therapist II (Licensed) is $60,964.80 - $93,142.40.

The Andrew B. Ferrari Group Home (Argus House) is hiring a bilingual family mental health therapist to work with court-involved adolescent males, their families, and a para-professional staff within a community-based group home. Operated by the Court Services Unit of the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, the Argus House serves clients from a diverse background, many of whom have limited English speaking ability, and are from Spanish-speaking households. Residents at the Argus House and their families have a variety of problems including emotional concerns, substance abuse, family dysfunction, intergenerational acculturative distress, delinquency and truancy, educational difficulties, domestic violence, and trauma.

The employee will provide direct services to individuals, groups, family units, and multifamily groups; and coordinate mental health services within the group home. This family mental health therapist will collaborate with other professionals and agencies for recommended services such as individual therapy, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric services, and/or psychological evaluations.

Duties include:
  • Performing evaluations and clinical consultation as part of the admissions process;
  • Conducting an initial assessment of presenting problems of both the adolescent and his family members;
  • Developing a comprehensive treatment plan of care;
  • Providing individual consultation with staff and family therapy as well as facilitating multifamily groups;
  • Linking case management services with resources; and
  • Assessing and documenting residents' ongoing progress within the group home.
The successful candidate will have experience utilizing evidenced based practices and techniques with cultural competence in their service delivery.
 Selection Criteria: Minimum: Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Clinical Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, or other directly related clinical discipline, all of which required a clinical practicum involving diagnostic and treatment services prior to graduation, plus two years of full-time post-Master's degree experience providing case management and other mental health services in a clinical setting.

Bilingual: The selected candidate will be Bilingual in English and Spanish to deliver services to Spanish speaking-families, including interpreting when needed.

Substitution: Directly-related higher level clinical degrees may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of experience providing services. In the case of this substitution, qualifying full-time work experience must have been gained after the acquisition of the directly related higher level clinical degree.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Licensure in the State of Virginia: LCSW, LPC, and/or LMFT;
  • Experience using Functional Family Therapy Model;
  • Therapeutic experience in a community based setting;
  • Substance abuse treatment experience;
  • Experience using evidenced based practices and techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, EQUIP, Trauma Informed Care, and Positive Peer Culture;
  • Counseling or probation experience in the criminal justice field; and
  • Experience working with delinquent youth.

 Special Requirements: An assessment of Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position(s). The incumbent in the position(s) will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted to include: an NCIC check, a Virginia State Police background check, an FBI fingerprint background check, and a Virginia Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Central Registry search.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or agree to use alternative modes of transportation. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.
 Additional Information: Work Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Specific work hours will be negotiated with the supervisor to meet program and client needs. From Monday to Thursday, work hours will be oriented to afternoon and evening service delivery. Candidate must be available on Thursdays for staff meeting from 1-3 pm and parent group 6:30 to 8:30 pm.