Senior Therapist, Emergency Services Clinician
Emergency Services Clinician
The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Senior Therapist position.
What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:
- Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
- Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
- Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
- Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship
The Department of Community and Human Services provides effective and essential safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians. The Senior Therapists/Emergency Services Clinician provides assessment, crisis intervention, and psychiatric stabilization to citizens of Alexandria, as well as to other persons who are within Alexandria city limits while experiencing a mental health crisis.
As a member of the Emergency Services Team, you will be responsible for conducting crisis intervention and responding to psychiatric emergencies within the City through telephone and face-to-face contact. These responses may include; interviewing and evaluating persons who are presenting in crisis, pre-admission screening; consulting with other care providers; evaluating for Civil Detention, voluntary hospitalization, or less restrictive alternatives. You will liaison with other community agencies and make appropriate referrals consistent with the evaluation. In addition, you must maintain clear and concise patient records. Workers must be available to work varying shifts, including evenings, overnights and weekends.
What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of individual and group behavior; thorough knowledge of abnormal psychology and psychotherapy techniques used in mental health, intellectual disabilities, and/or substance abuse treatment programs; skill in psychological assessment and diagnosis; ability to apply casework and group work philosophy; ability to interpret properly psychological information and to prepare reports of findings; ability to plan and supervise the work of others; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with mental health clients, relatives of clients and associates.
- Interview consumers who walk in to Mental Health Center and individuals who require intervention in the community. Determine appropriate disposition based on thorough psychiatric evaluation. Complete written assessments and make appropriate referrals;
- Assess need for immediate face-to-face interview or referral during telephone conversations;
- Provide liaison/outreach to other community agencies;
- Provide continuity of care for CSB consumers when the CSB is closed (i.e. referrals to emergency room for medication, emergency assessments, and support via the telephone);
- Conduct pre-admission screening for voluntary/involuntary hospitalizations;
- Formulates diagnoses, assesses risk and mental status;
- Provides clinical intervention in emergency situations at any of the MR/MR/SA homes;
- Coordinates and testifies as representative of CSB in Civil Commitment Hearings and coordinates outpatient treatment for clients committed to Mandatory Outpatient Treatment;
- Provides crisis intervention and emergency services;
- Prepares reports for court proceedings, represents the Department, and testifies as an expert witness on behalf of consumers;
- Provides emergency and crisis intervention services to consumers;
- Participates in staff development and training;
- Maintains clinical records in accordance with State, City, Departmental and Federal compliance requirements;
- Performs related work as required.
About the Department
The Emergency Services program is part of the Center for Adult Services, which is overseen by the Alexandria Community Services Board which provides compassionate and effective services that support self-determination, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria residents affected by mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.
The Center for Adult Services (CAS) provides programs and services in Aging; Adult Protective Services; Clinical & Emergency Services; and Community & Residential Support Services for seniors and for persons with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. CAS provides compassionate and effective person-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety and recovery for Alexandria residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.