Senior Therapist-Emergency Services Clinician-PRN

Alexandria, VA
$29.24 - $48.06 Hourly
May 22, 2022
Jun 02, 2022
Part Time
Senior Therapist-Emergency Services Clinician-PRN

Do you enjoy a fast-paced work environment? Do you have experience working with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis? Are you committed to ensuring that crisis response services meet the needs of clients and families? Are you solution focused and comfortable working both independently and as part of an exciting multidisciplinary team? Do you have an active Clinical License in Virginia and a passion for providing mental health services in acute settings? If so, then you might be the next Emergency Services, Senior Therapist - PRN.

The City of Alexandria offers more than a place to work; we are a dynamic, award winning, multicultural City with an ambitious blueprint to lead us into the next century. In City government, our MISSION defines what we do for our community, our VISION is where we are headed as an organization, and our VALUES guide our actions and decisions.

The Opportunity

As a member of the Emergency Services Team, you will be responsible for conducting crisis intervention and responding to psychiatric emergencies within the City through telephone, tele-video and face-to-face contact. These responses may include interviewing and evaluating persons who are presenting in crisis, pre-admission screening; consulting with other care providers; evaluating for Civil Detention, voluntary hospitalization, or less restrictive alternatives. You will liaison with other community agencies and make appropriate referrals consistent with the evaluation. In addition, you must maintain clear and concise patient records. Workers must be available to work varying shifts, including evenings, overnights and weekends.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Interview consumers who walk into Mental Health Center and individuals who require intervention in the community;
  • Determines appropriate disposition based on thorough psychiatric evaluation. Complete written assessments and make appropriate referrals;
  • Assesses need for immediate face-to-face interview or referral during telephone conversations;
  • Provides liaison/outreach to other community agencies;
  • Provides continuity of care for CSB consumers when the CSB is closed (i.e. referrals to emergency room for medication, emergency assessments, and support via the telephone);
  • Conducts pre-admission screening for voluntary/involuntary hospitalizations;
  • Provides crisis stabilization utilizing phone and face to face contact;
  • Determines appropriate response to all calls from the citizens and staff from other agencies;
  • Provides clinical assessment and referral services;
  • Determines appropriate disposition;
  • Formulates diagnoses, assesses risk and mental status;
  • Provides clinical intervention in emergency situations at any of the MR/MR/SA homes;
  • Coordinates and testifies as representative of CSB in Civil Commitment Hearings;
  • Coordinate outpatient treatment for client's committed to Mandatory Outpatient Treatment;
  • Provides crisis intervention and emergency services;
  • Prepares reports for court proceedings, represents the Department, and testifies as an expert witness on behalf of consumers;
  • Provides emergency and crisis intervention services to consumers;
  • Participates in staff development and training;
  • Maintains clinical records in accordance with State, City, Departmental and Federal compliance requirements;
  • Performs related work as required.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge of individual and group behavior including thorough knowledge of treatment issues related to psychiatric problems, dual-diagnosis, and chemical dependency; good knowledge of psychopharmacology, psychiatric disorders, alcoholism/drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, and/or elderly and aging; ability to work successfully with a variety of consumers; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing with other professionals and with the public; ability to plan and supervise the work of interns or students.

About the Department

The Department of Community and Human Services provides effective and essential safety net services that measurably improve or maintain the quality of life for Alexandrians.

Additionally, the programs overseen by the Alexandria Community Services Board provide compassionate and effective services that support self-determination, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria residents affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance use disorders.

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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 issued by the state of their residence if they are in a position with driving responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Current, active clinical license to practice as an LCSW, LPC, Clinical Psychologist, LSATP in Virginia. Fluent and Bilingual in both English and Spanish is desirable but not required. At least two years of experience working with individuals experiencing psychiatric crises. At least one year of prior experience working in community settings or with individuals experiencing severe mental illness.


The City of Alexandria is committed to providing equal opportunity in all areas of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, demotion, promotion, transfer, selection, lay-off, disciplinary action, termination, compensation and selection for training. The City of Alexandria will not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran/military service status, familial status, or membership on a local human rights commission, or lawful participation in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patient Registry, or any other legally-protected classification.

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