Behavioral Health Senior Clinician - Youth & Family

Fairfax, Virginia
$63,213.07 - $105,355.12 Annually
Oct 09, 2021
Oct 23, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Youth and Family Juvenile Forensic Evaluation Team (JF) Senior Clinician works as part of an outpatient treatment team, serving a residential program run by the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC), in a juvenile detention setting, providing services to children, adolescents, and their families with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), substance use, and co-occurring disorders as well as developmental disabilities. Completes complex, comprehensive assessments specific to the needs of the At-Risk/SED/SMI and co-occurring populations. Functions independently as a primary clinician providing evidence based treatment to a diagnostically, culturally, and socio-economically diverse client population. Provides individual, family and group treatment including evidence based therapy, play and creative therapies. May also provide case management duties to include assisting families with obtaining services through the Comprehensive Services Act (CSA), linking, monitoring, and coordinating with community partners such as Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic relations District Court, Department of Family Services and medical providers. Maintains collaborative relationships with youth and families for all phases of treatment planning and develops detailed client centered treatment plans. Must be computer literate in the Electronic Health Record and maintain detailed electronic documentation that meets state, local and federal performance contract and JDRDC/ Department of Justice (DoJ) and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) expectations. This position will be deployed 100% to the Youth and Family Outpatient treatment team (not the Juvenile Forensic Evaluation Program) for an indeterminate period, beginning at hire. Upon transition to the JF Team, Fairfax JDRDC will provide DoJ and DJJ required trainings. During deployment to Youth and Family Outpatient, duties include working two evenings until 8 p.m. per week and one evening until 6 p.m. Upon transition to JF Team, potential schedule flexibility generally includes beginning as early as 10 a.m., and finishing shifts no later than 8 p.m. weekdays. There is very limited potential weekend hours for scheduled in advance, JF Team-initiated ‘family engagement’ activities that have in the past happened as often as once quarterly, for 2 hours on a weekend day. Applicants should note that the job duties and office upon transition to the JF Team will be completed in the Fairfax-Falls Church Juvenile Detention Center facility or the Historic Courthouse.

This position includes a signing bonus for new hires of $2,000 (full-time).

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Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Performs complex evaluations and makes independent diagnoses using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders;
  • Provides individual, family and group treatment;
  • Maintains a diverse caseload of clients with acute, chronic mental illness;
  • Approves and/or implements therapeutic treatment plans;
  • Conducts intensive clinical interventions;
  • Provides family therapy in a residential setting;
  • Provides discharge planning and coordination of after-care service plans for clients leaving state, local, and private psychiatric hospitals;
  • Collaborates with service professionals as participant/lead of Interdisciplinary Team (IDT);
  • Consults with professionals on a variety of problems including delivery of needed services for clinically complex cases;
  • Provides liaison to community agencies to facilitate communication and service provision for clients requiring multiple services;
  • Monitors and analyzes the impact of psychotropic medication on client's functioning and mental status;
  • Provides risk assessments for dangerousness to self and others;
  • Provides crisis stabilization and crisis management.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of the individual;
  • Thorough knowledge of intake procedures, social history development, and interviewing techniques;
  • Thorough knowledge of major schools of treatment of emotionally and socially disturbed individuals;
  • Knowledge of psychiatric, psychological, and/or sociological terminology and concepts;
  • Ability to conduct mental health assessments and apply treatment approaches/modalities;
  • Ability to formulate diagnoses for clients with acute, chronic, severe mental illness;
  • Ability to diagnostically interpret data obtained from psychological test results, social histories, and interviews;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public and private sector organizations, community groups, and the general public;
  • Ability to monitor and analyze the impact of psychotropic medications;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college with a master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing; plus two years of clinical experience.

Possession of a current license to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia in one of the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Some positions within this classification will require additional certifications and licenses, as defined by the position description and posted in job announcements.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter. Requires a National Provider Identifier.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • At least two years of experience providing behavioral health services to youth in community outpatient, residential, or detention settings.
  • At least two years of experience providing behavioral health services to children under the age of 10.
  • At least two years of experience providing play therapy to youth.
  • Experience with providing behavioral health services to youth with Mental Health Disorders, Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and/or Co-occurring disorders (COD) in a community outpatient setting.
  • Experience with and ability to interpret and follow work processes and procedures, work well with other service agencies, and work well in a team environment.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, verbal and written communication skills, and clinical skills and abilities.
  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment; communicate well with others; and to observe, process, and document clinical information and make clinical interventions. Ability to lift, up to 15 lbs. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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