Senior Therapist, Treatment Provider - Alexandria Treatment Court

Alexandria, VA
$62,657.92 - $85,864.74 Annually
Feb 13, 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Full Time
Senior Therapist

Treatment Provider-Alexandria Treatment Court

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

The Senior Therapist Participates as a member of the Alexandria Treatment Court Team (ATC) to ensure the success of treatment court participants. General duties include but not limited to: screening of individuals to determine program eligibility, conduct clinical intake assessments to determine substance use disorder including co-occurring mental health diagnoses and treatment that serves to guide recommendations to the ATC team, provide and manage the delivery of evidenced-based treatment services to program participants, provide treatment status updates for each participant to the treatment team during court staffings and hearings and make recommendations for effective incentives, sanctions and therapeutic adjustments for each participant.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate should have knowledge of and experience assessing and diagnosing substance use and mental health disorders. Knowledge of and experience providing individual and/or group therapy for persons with substance use and/or mental health disorders. Knowledge of family dynamics in relation to substance use and mental health concerns and/or experience providing family therapy. Knowledge of and experience with available treatment approaches and options for substance use, mental health and/or co-occurring disorders. Knowledge of the physical and psychiatric effects of medication and illicit drugs. Knowledge of the physical and psychosocial benefits of opiate replacement medications. Ability to effectively provide care coordination or case management. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with clients, other professionals and members of the public, orally and in writing.

The Opportunity
  • Conduct psychosocial and mental health and substance use assessments utilizing the DSM-5 and the ASAM Criteria to determine client needs and to determine appropriate treatment levels and modalities;
  • Works with clients to develop individualized treatment plans based on strengths, needs, abilities and preferences;
  • Implements group-oriented treatment and therapy programs, applying motivational, cognitive-behavioral and other evidence-based approaches;
  • Provides individual and family therapy;
  • Provides care coordination or case management services for clients who present multi-service needs and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders;
  • Provides crisis intervention/emergency services if needed;
  • Participates in treatment team meetings, conveying concerns, challenges, strengths, and progress of individual clients;
  • Coordinates treatment with referral sources (including Probation and Parole, ASAP, Court Services, DSS and other) and other treatment providers (including opioid treatment, psychiatry, detox, or residential team members, or community health or housing professionals, for example);
  • Prepares a variety of written reports including assessment, diagnosis, treatment plan, progress notes, quarterly treatment updates and others using an electronic health record (Cerner, Anasazi, Credible);
  • Conducts client drug and alcohol screens as needed;
  • Attends staff meetings, relevant training sessions and conferences;
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

Three years post masters experience providing direct clinical services for substance use, and/or mental health disorders; Knowledge of mental health [FG1] exam, and mental health classification using DSM-5; One year of employment in a mental health community agency environment; Bilingual (English/Spanish, Amharic) skills; At least 2-3 years of experience in the provision of substance use/mental health therapy. Training in Motivational Interviewing; Experience using Credible or other Electronic Health Record System. Proficient use of computer and clinical record management using electronic medical record system. Proficient use of computer in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams and other web-based programs.


*This position is grant funded*

These positions require 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.

Schedule: Work hours will be determined upon offer of employment based on program needs. The program is open Monday through Thursday, 7:00AM - 8:30PM and Friday, 7:00AM - 4:00PM.

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