Behavioral Health Specialist II, Turning Point Program

$55,647.49 - $92,745.54 Annually
Feb 11, 2019
Feb 18, 2019
Full Time

Acting as a primary clinician, provides clinical care and coordination of that care for individuals aged 16-25 who are enrolled in the Turning Point program, a Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program for Early Psychosis Intervention. Program participants are who are within two years of experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis. Using a shared-decision making framework, this primary clinician is responsible for a range of clinical interventions, including the provision of individual and group therapies, psychos-education on psychosis, skills training, and case management. Coordinates multi-disciplinary interventions for a caseload, provides Initial Resilience Training, cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, co-leads individual and family psychoeducation groups, and conducts ongoing assessment, differential diagnosis, and assists with transitioning to community-based activities and services. Services are provided in the office and other community settings. Participates in ongoing outreach and engagement (with potential participants and referral parties) and assists with initial eligibility assessments. Works under the direction of the Turning Point supervisor.

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Illustrative Duties
  • Makes behavioral health diagnoses using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, International Classification of Diseases or other diagnostic tools as required;
  • Maintains a diverse caseload of clients with a variety of substance use, developmental disabilities and/or mental illnesses;
  • Develops client and/or family centered therapeutic treatment plans, with consideration given to the nature and severity of the behavioral health problem, family, cultural and employment related circumstances, legal involvement, individual and family histories, physical condition, and other pertinent factors;
  • Implements therapeutic treatment plan under clinical supervision;
  • Conducts independent behavioral health intakes and assessments;
  • Provides individual, group, and/or family treatment under supervision;
  • Collaborates with service professionals inside and outside of the Community Services Board;
  • Adapts and modifies treatment interventions as indicated;
  • Provides case management, outreach and engagement services as needed;
  • Conducts wellness and health promotion services;
  • 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;
  • Assesses and monitors the impact of medication on client's functioning and consults with medical professionals as needed;
  • Administers medication as ordered by a physician in accordance with department regulations;
  • 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;
  • Prepares and administers behavioral health educational curricula;
  • Testifies in court to regarding client's services, progress and recommendations as required.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • 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 formulate diagnoses and appropriate treatment plan;
  • Ability to perform behavioral health and risk assessments and apply evidence based/informed 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 communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field, plus one year of clinical experience.

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.

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 sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

  • Eligible for QMHP or QMHPCM.
  • Possession of a current license to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor.
  • Experience with Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) program model.
  • Experience with interventions specific to the Early Intervention for Psychosis(EPI)/First Episode Psychosis (FEP).
  • Experience with Individual Resiliency Training (IRT).
  • Experience working with transition age youth (late adolescent to young adult).
  • Bilingual or multilingual in English and another language.
Work is located in community and office. Ability to independently transport self to 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. Ability to lift up to 25 pounds. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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