Adult Mental Health Outpatient Therapist

Alexandria, VA
$62,657.92 - $85,864.74 Annually
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 30, 2019
Full Time
Senior Therapist
Adult Mental Health Outpatient Therapist

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.

An Overview
Under the guidance and assistance of the assigned supervisor, the Senior Therapist provides will provide individual and group psychotherapy, clinical evaluation, and case management services to mental health consumers as a member of the Adult Outpatient Services team.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of individual and group behavior including thorough knowledge of treatment issues related to psychiatric problems, dual-diagnosis, and chemical dependency; good knowledge of psychopharmacology, psychiatric disorders, alcoholism/drug addiction.

The Opportunity
  • Provides 1135 hours annually of individual and group psychotherapy to mental health consumers, including consumers with a dual-diagnosis;
  • Provides care coordination services to consumers;
  • Conducts clinical assessments and evaluations when needed and formulates diagnoses and treatment plans for mental health consumers;
  • Provides emergency and crisis intervention services to consumers;
  • Prepares reports for court proceedings, represents the Department, and testifies as an expert witness on behalf of consumers;
  • Initiates medical, psychiatric, and psychological evaluation referrals as needed;
  • Participates in staff development;
  • Provides backup support for Emergency Services;
  • Maintains clinical records in an Electronic Health Record (Credible) in accordance with State, City, Departmental, and Federal compliance requirements which includes collaborative and same day documentation;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
About the Department
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.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Possession of Master's degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Psychology, Education or related field; at least two years of post-graduate work experience in providing direct clinical services to consumers having one or more substance abuse, psychiatric, and emotional disorders; and licensure or license eligible (has completed all required education and supervision as required by applicable board) as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP) or Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of appointment; if license eligible, the employee must obtain Virginia licensure at the first available opportunity, but no later than one year after appointment; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence if they are in a position with driving responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Currently licensed as a LCSW or Clinical Psychologist in Virginia at the time of application. Two years post licensure experience providing psychotherapy to clients with serious mental health issues and co-occurring substance abuse disorders.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; Verification of education/certifications; and Driver's license.

Monday through Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM with at least one evening on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday until 9:00PM.

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