Senior Therapist, Early Childhood Wellness Program

Alexandria, VA
$60,815.04 - $85,864.74 Annually
Apr 16, 2021
Apr 30, 2021
Full Time
Senior Therapist

Early Childhood Wellness Program

(1 Part-Time / 1 Full-Time)

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 Therapistpositions.

An Overview

The Senior Therapist for the Early Childhood Wellness Program provides mental health prevention and early intervention services to support the healthy social and emotional development of children birth to age five across child serving systems. The Senior Therapist focuses on early identification of concerns through clinical assessments and the provision of mental health consultation services to caregivers (e.g. parents, early care and education providers) regarding young children’s social-emotional, relational, behavioral health and development. The Senior Therapist provides infant and early childhood mental health consultation services in a multi-level intervention approach both child and family centered as well as program centered. (e.g. Early care and education settings, programs serving children birth to age five and their families).

The Senior Therapist collaboratively develops child centered support plans and coordinates plans with families, caregivers, teachers and administrators for the purpose of consistent 3-prong implementation utilizing a 2Gen approach. The Senior Therapist supports the implementation of evidenced-based social emotional curriculum for preschool children; monitors and supports the integration of key concepts into the daily operation of the classroom.

Services may be provided in a variety of community settings to include natural environments (clinic, preschool, home). The Senior Therapist develops and conducts workshops for preschool staff and parents on a variety of early childhood mental health topics, development of attachment, parenting and emotional wellness. The therapist assists families to access community resources and services as needed. Families and children served may present with developmental delays and disabilities, complex trauma, involvement with social services and foster care. 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.

The Opportunity
  • 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;
  • Identifies functional and dysfunctional aspects of the child's behavior within the context of individual, family and environment processes;
  • Develops and adjusts support plans based on the children’s strengths and needs and caregiver preferences;
  • Provides mental health consultation services to at-risk families with young children receiving services through DCHS child welfare programs;
  • Maintains a caseload of clients receiving services to focus on child-centered goals identified in assessment, with the overall goal of strengthening caregiver/child relationship;
  • Maintains communication with referring agencies and other programs in order to coordinate support plans;
  • Conducts early childhood development presentations to preschools, parent groups and other organizations/programs that work with young children;
  • Prepares a variety of written reports including child support plans, progress notes, quarterly updates and reports to referral agencies;
  • Contributes to data management processes for program outcomes;
  • Refers children and their parents to outpatient programs and/or agencies which provide supplemental services;
  • Provides crisis intervention to young children and their parents;
  • Attends staff meetings, relevant training sessions and conferences and performs 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.

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. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

At least 2 years of experience providing mental health counseling services to diverse populations of young children birth to age five and their families; Certified by the State Lead Agency as an Early Intervention Professional or Early Intervention Specialist; 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. Must be Fluent and Bilingual in both English and Spanish.

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