Therapist Supervisor - Early Childhood Wellness Program

Alexandria, VA
$65,786.76 - $90,150.84 Annually
Nov 26, 2020
Dec 10, 2020
Full Time
Therapist Supervisor
Early Childhood Wellness Program

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 Therapist Supervisor position.

An Overview
This position works within the Early Childhood Wellness Program. This position provides clinical and administrative supervision to early childhood therapists and social work interns who provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to support the healthy social and emotional development of children birth to five, across child serving systems. Prevention, intervention, and short-term individualized treatment services are provided using a using a mental health consultation model. Services may be provided in a variety of community settings to include natural environments (clinic, preschool, home). The senior therapist supervisor monitors the development and facilitation of workshops designed for preschool staff and parents on a variety of early childhood mental health topics, including the development of attachment, as well as parenting and emotional wellness. The person in this position also coordinates training for, monitors and supports implementation of the Al's Pals social skills curriculum at multiple preschool sites. Families and children served may present with developmental delays and disabilities, complex trauma, involvement with social services and foster care. This position provides services to a culturally and ethnically diverse population within the City of Alexandria, many of these families are from Spanish speaking countries, Africa, and from the Middle East.

This position coordinates unit support to the Part C Early Intervention unit by participating in eligibility determinations, assessments and treatment planning. They are responsible for assuring the program achieves Community Services Board, City and State objectives and performance indicators. Tasks are performed in accordance with established policies and procedures under the supervision of the PIE Program Manager.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have knowledge and skills to observe and assess the emotional health of children 0-5. Ability to identify mental health concerns, delays or disabilities in children 0-5 Ability to explore relationship conflicts that impact the child's development. Clinical skills and strategies to assess and intervene in troubled infant/parent relationships. Capacity to provide early childhood mental health consultation. Ability to facilitate planning and support for young children at risk of or experiencing social and emotional concerns in partnership with the child's family and caregivers. Ability to plan and supervise the work of others. Knowledge of program evaluation procedures and outcome measures. Some knowledge of quality assurance methods. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with collaborative partners.

The Opportunity
  • Provides program oversight and clinical supervision to early childhood therapists and interns;
  • Offers evidenced-based curriculum and counseling services to children, caregivers, and school staff members;
  • Manages program grant implementation, prepares grant reports, and drafts grant renewal applications (when applicable);
  • Monitors the implementation of social-emotional curriculums used by Alexandria preschool teachers through site visits and various monitoring tools;
  • Provides infant and early childhood mental health consultation and coaching to families with children birth to age five receiving services through the Parent Infant Education Program and ACPS Child Find, special education services;
  • Conducts clinical observation and assessments of children birth to age five and develops strategies to support improved functioning;
  • Provides on-site support and evaluation of program therapists and oversees emergency mental health incidents;
  • Demonstrates conceptual skills in assessing therapist skills and using reflective feedback with supervisees;
  • Plans and organizes the work of the team;
  • Leads regular staff meetings to review work and brainstorm solutions to problems;
  • Acts as a liaison to the City and external agencies for information and referral;
  • Ensures that staff completes all required city and departmental training and any other mandated training requirements for their positions;
  • Writes and submits monthly reports detailing staff accomplishments, program changes and measurements of outcomes regarding prevention programs;
  • Oversees and/or creates and provides mental health educational materials (English and Spanish) for schools, groups, organizations and individuals;
  • Monitors the timely submission of service data entry by staff;
  • Monitors clinical records for early intervention services;
  • Participates in the development of a community-wide prevention plan as requested;
  • Attends training workshops and assists in the development and provision of training programs for prevention therapists;
  • Recruits, interviews and selects prevention therapists as needed;
  • Performs other related work 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.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Master's degree in a Human Services field; At least two years post-graduate work experience in providing direct clinical services to clients having psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders; At least two years post-master's experience providing diagnostic evaluations, assessments, and crisis intervention. Licensed in Virginia as an LCSW, LPC, LSATP, or Clinical Psychologist OR is 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 license at the first available opportunity, but no later than one year after appointment. Good driving record/background check; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Must have valid driver's license. Currently licensed in VA 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 least two years of experience providing mental health counseling services to diverse populations of young children birth to age five and their families; At least one year of specific knowledge, training, and experience in assessment and treatment of caregiver/child attachment issues. At least one year of experience in working with clients in crises and engaging families in services; At least one year of experience in developing and presenting training workshops to groups.


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; education/certifications; and driver's license.

Schedule: Monday - Friday, flexible schedule and availability two evenings a week.

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