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 Clinical Psychologist position.
The Clinical Psychologist conducts intake assessments, crisis intervention, and individual, group and family therapy with and adolescents experiencing significant behavioral health challenges and their families. Provides evaluative services, including the administration and interpretation of psychological instruments and preparation of reports of the examination. Ensures that evaluative and treatment services conform to best practices. Consults and maintains excellent working relationships with stakeholders within the system of care, i.e. child welfare, juvenile justice, schools. May provide clinical and administrative supervision to senior therapists, case workers and/or graduate students.
What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have extensive knowledge of psychological and mental health issues in children and families, including diagnostic issues. Extensive knowledge about substance abuse in children and families. Extensive knowledge of the pertinent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Extensive knowledge of available evidence based treatment modalities for children and their families. Considerable knowledge of the effects of abuse and neglect on children. Considerable knowledge of the social, behavioral, economic and health difficulties in the client population. Extensive knowledge of behavioral interventions. Extensive skills in conducting therapy; administration and interpretation of psychological tests, ability to cater therapeutic interventions to developmental and motivational levels of the youth and family. Knowledge of the American Psychological Association ethical guidelines. Skills in advocacy and interagency collaboration.
- Provides psychological evaluations for a variety of purposes, including diagnostic clarifications, educational and treatment recommendation;
- Conducts substance abuse and mental health evaluations with diagnostic formulations;
- Develops treatment plans with youth and their families based on their strengths, needs, preferences, and goals;
- Engages children and families in evidence-based youth led and family driven individual, group and family therapy, including crisis intervention;
- Collects outcome data and administers satisfaction surveys on a regular basis to the persons served;
- Prepares a variety of written reports including case notes, initial treatment plans, quarterly treatment updates, clinical/mental health evaluations, status reports and reports to referral agencies;
- Participates in multi-disciplinary inter-agency workgroups and treatment planning meetings;
- Collaborates and coordinates with referral sources and stakeholders within the system of care, i.e. school, health, child welfare, juvenile justice;
- Provide services and maintain medical records in accordance with an accreditation body, Department policies, licensing and Medicaid regulations;
- Supervises case worker and psychology graduate students in accordance with accreditation body, Department policies, licensing and Medicaid regulations;
- Other related duties as assigned.
About the Department
The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides programs and services for Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Child Welfare & Child Protective Services, Early Childhood and Youth Development. CCF provides compassionate, collaborative and effective person and family-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria children and all residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.