Behavioral Health Specialist II
Dynamic counselor needed for innovative co-occurring (substance abuse/mental health) positions at residential substance abuse detoxification/treatment programs. Exciting opportunity for hands on clinical experience, professional development and potential for advancement in a progressive Fairfax County agency. Requires mostly day and weekend coverage, with the availability and flexibility of evening, holiday and overnight coverage. Duties include providing counseling services, crisis intervention, facilitating psychoeducational or therapeutic groups, and shift leading. Transports individuals using a county vehicle, build and maintain rapport with Fairfax County agencies, outside agencies including police, complete admissions, monitor clients vitals, documentation, urine screens, and crisis management and working on a multidisciplinary team. All staff in the program are considered emergency services personnel.
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- Collaborates with service professionals inside and outside of the Community Services Board;
- Maintains all electronic health records according to federal, state and department regulations, ensuring that records of clients on their caseload are complete, accurate and comprehensive;
- Advocates on behalf of clients regarding rights and needed services;
- Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with representatives of community groups and public and private agencies;
- Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management with support and supervision as needed;
- Provides ongoing risk assessments for dangerousness to self and others with support and supervision as needed;
- Provides entry, navigation and/or referral services for individuals, families and other concerned persons;
- Knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of behavioral health services and social development of the individual;
- Knowledge of evidence based behavioral health treatment methods;
- Knowledge of psychological, physiological and psychiatric terminology, theories and practices;
- Knowledge of assessment processes, methods of gathering social history and interviewing techniques;
- Knowledge of existing public and private agencies and community resources;
- Ability to perform behavioral health and risk assessments and apply evidence based/informed treatment approaches/modalities; 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 communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field, plus one year of clinical experience.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Certain positions in this class may require: master's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field; valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer.
Shift coverage for 24 hour residential treatment setting. Shift schedule to include some evenings, weekends and holidays. Serves as emergency service personnel.
Previous experience in substance abuse treatment or mental health settings.
Bilingual preferred. Current Counseling License and/or are a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Virginia.
Must be able to transport clients to activities. Annual TB test. Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs. Must be able to perform CPR and First Aid. Must be able to assist with unconscious client. Must be able to read and write proficiently. Must complete MANDT training within first year of employment. Ability to use keyboard driven equipment. All duties are 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.