Individual And Family Therapist (probation Counselor Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Jan 22, 2022
Feb 05, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

This an exciting opportunity to be challenged and learn, while making an impact on adolescents and their families involved in the juvenile court system. This position will provide services in the residential setting, and is located at Foundations (Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030).

The residential program focuses on a diverse multicultural population of adolescent females brought to the attention of the court or foster care. The primary goal is to assist the client and their family in addressing the underlining issues that brought them to the attention of the programs and increase their ability to accept personal responsibility through therapeutic treatment. Responsibilities include:

  • Conducts assessments to determine the individual and family's needs and formulating treatment plans; conduct individual counseling sessions using evidence-based practices; leads group and family sessions; coordinates, implements, and monitors delivery of individual service plans.
  • Prepares progress evaluation reports and court summaries.
  • When not providing therapy or doing case management the counselor is responsible for providing supervision while interacting with the residents.

Foundations also has a community-based services program, in which this position maybe assigned cases. The Community Based Services Program offers intensive, in-home counseling to male and female clients on probation who score moderate to very high on the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI), are at risk for out-of-home placement or are transitioning home from an out-of-home placement. At times, will need to operate a 15-passenger van, or county vehicle. They may also need to use their personal vehicle to meet with clients or attend meetings in the community.

Schedule: The schedule will include shift work, which includes days evenings and weekends.

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.)

  • Knowledge of casework supervision practices and procedures;
  • Knowledge of the principles of psychology and sociology;
  • Knowledge of current social and economic conditions;
  • Ability to use technology to enter and retrieve information;
  • Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to probation work and victim services;
  • Ability to interview and counsel clients;
  • Ability to prepare complete case records and reports;
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social/behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or education plus two years of professional experience in probation work, social work, criminal justice, juvenile justice, education, or counseling. A master's degree in the disciplines above may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

  • Valid driver's license
  • The following certifications must be obtained within a specified time frame after appointment and recertification annually thereafter:
    • CPR/First Aid within 30 days
    • Handle With Care within 30 days
    • ServeSafe within 6 months
    • Medication Management within 6 months

  • Master's degree in counseling, social work or psychology, or other licensed eligible field.
  • Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Psychologist.
  • At least two years professional experience counseling families, and adolescents, preferably in a home-based and/or residential setting.
  • Experience doing case management, treatment planning, and using evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Expressive Arts Therapy, and trauma-informed interventions.
  • Knowledge of juvenile justice reform and transformation.
  • An understanding of the unique services needed for females involved with juvenile justice.
  • Experience creating and running psychoeducation and process groups.
  • Ability to work in a diverse team.
  • Certifications in Handle with Care, CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration, and ServeSafe.
  • Ability to speak, read and write fluently in Spanish, a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word.

  • 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.
  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services check, sanction screening, driving record check, pre-employment medical evaluation, and tuberculosis test.
  • Contingent upon area of assignment, some positions require a check of the Child Protective Services Registry and National Crime Information Center/Virginia Crime Information Network (NCIC/VCIN) check prior to employment.
  • This position is considered essential personnel for purposes of continuity of operations and may be required to respond during inclement weather or emergency situations.
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle.

Must be able to supervise and participate in educational and recreational activities with adolescents. Ability to physically restrain acting out residents. Visual and auditory acuity. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include a written 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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