BEHAVIORAL HEALTH THERAPIST (LICENSED & BILINGUAL)

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$73,632.00 - $112,507.20 Annually
Posted
Aug 26, 2021
Closes
Sep 30, 2021
Ref
6347-22A-JDR-EM
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
Please note: This announcement has been updated to reflect the needs of the organization.

This announcement will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and interviews conducted continuously with qualified applicants. This position will close when the position has been filled or when enough qualified candidates has been received.

The Andrew B. Ferrari Group Home is hiring a licensed and bilingual Behavioral Health Therapist to provide services to at-risk adolescent males and their families within a community-based group home in Arlington County. Argus House is operated by the Court Services Unit of the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Residents and their families have a variety of presenting concerns including emotional dysregulation, substance use, family dysfunction, intergenerational acculturative distress, delinquency and truancy, educational difficulties, domestic violence, and trauma.

This Behavioral Health Therapist will collaborate with other professionals and agencies to provide direct services to individuals, groups, families and multi-family groups and coordinate behavioral health services within the group home for recommended services (e.g., individual therapy, substance use treatment, psychiatric services, and/or psychological evaluations). Group home supervisors and line staff receive guidance regarding effective approaches behavioral intervention, trauma-informed care, family system dynamics, and establishing a positive, supportive, and diverse milieu. Administrative supervision is provided by the Group Home Manager. The Senior Court Psychologist will be available for regular consultation, co-supervision, and service coordination. The incumbent will use evidenced-based practices and techniques with cultural competence in their service delivery. Many of the residents are from Spanish-speaking households and have limited English speaking ability.

To learn more about services provided, please visit Argus House.

Responsibilities include:
  • Performing evaluations and clinical consultation as part of the admissions process;
  • Conducting an initial assessment of presenting problems of both the adolescent and his family members;
  • Developing a comprehensive treatment plan of care;
  • Providing individual consultation with staff and family therapy as well as facilitating multifamily groups;
  • Linking case management services with resources;
  • Assessing and documenting residents' ongoing progress within the group home; and
  • Providing routine feedback to staff during staff meeting as well as crisis intervention, as needed.

Selection Criteria
Note: Please refer to the guidelines for registration and licensure set forth by the Virginia Department of Health Professions prior to completing this application.

Education: Completion of the requirements for obtaining a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Psychiatric Social Work, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline with internships and practicum requirements specified by the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Minimums:

Behavioral Health Therapist (VA Licensed):
  • Possess one of the following professional licenses from the Virginia Department of Health Professions: LPC, LCP, LMFT, or LCSW.
Behavioral Health Therapist (Non-VA Licensed):

  • Possess a license in a jurisdiction other than Virginia and are performing supervised assessment and evaluation, diagnostic, treatment planning, case management and counseling work while awaiting licensure from the Virginia Department of Health Professions of the following professional licenses related to a behavioral health discipline: (LPC), (LCP), (LMFT), (LCSW);
  • State of Virginia License must be obtained within 90 days of hire; and
  • While awaiting licensure from the State of Virginia (LPC), (LCP), (LMFT), (LCSW), must meet the criteria of a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Adult (QMHP-A) or a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Child (QMHP-C) per the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations within 60 days of hire.
Bilingual: The selected candidate will be bilingual in English and Spanish to deliver services to Spanish speaking-families, including interpreting when needed.

Substitution: A directly related higher level clinical degree may substitute for the Masters degree education requirement and one year of experience providing services. In the case of this substitution, qualifying full-time work experience must have been gained after the acquisition of the directly related higher level clinical degree, i.e. a PhD Clinical Psychologist.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Experience using Functional Family Therapy Model;
  • Therapeutic experience in a community-based setting;
  • Substance abuse treatment experience;
  • Experience using evidenced based practices and techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, EQUIP, Trauma Informed Care, and Positive Peer Culture;
  • Counseling or probation experience in the criminal justice field; and/or
  • Experience working with delinquent youth.

Special Requirements
An assessment of Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position(s). The incumbent in the position(s) will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted to include: an NCIC check, a Virginia State Police background check, an FBI fingerprint background check, and a Virginia Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Central Registry search.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

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