Arlington County, Virginia
$78,104.00 - $119,350.40 Annually
Apr 28, 2022
May 27, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
Please note: We are recruiting for vacancies in the Child and Family Services Division, Children's Behavioral Healthcare.

Arlington County Government is creating a talent pool for the Child and Family Services Division in the field of Children's Behavioral Health. The Children's Behavioral Health Bureau is responsible for providing comprehensive, trauma informed and culturally responsive mental health and substance use services to help children and youth to function adequately in their environments and help their families support them. Services for children and youth are provided in their homes, school, community and our office.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is an integrated department with over 700 employees who strive to make a real difference in people's lives by providing outstanding human services to include public heath, adult behavioral health, child and family services, aging and disability services, and economic independence services. DHS is committed to utilizing a racial equity framework for all policies and practices that are developed. The Behavioral Health Therapist will work with all levels to embed these values in the delivery of services provided to our customers.

Vacancies may be filled at multiple levels following the standards for licensure set forth by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. However, clinical licensure must be earned within three years of hire. Complete just one application to be considered for openings throughout the recruitment window until May 26, 2022.

For more information, please visit Child & Family Services Division

We are seeking licensed Behavioral Health Therapists for various divisions within DHS. Although positions may be filled at the Non-VA Licensed or Resident/Supervisee, licensure must be earned within three years of hire. The Department of Human Services will provide supervision to staff in pursuit of licensure. The applicable salary range for each designation is as follows:

  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTH THERAPIST (LICENSED): 74,380.80 - $113,651.20
  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (RESIDENT/SUPERVISEE): $64,729.60 - $98,945.60
Responsibilities may include the following:
  • Provide direct individual/family/group psychotherapy, case management, and care coordination support to youth and their families with mental health, substance use and/or co-occurring disorders;
  • Conduct initial intake assessments to determine level of care needed;
  • Provide crisis intervention to assist youth with maintaining safety in the least restrictive setting possible;
  • Develop and implement treatment plans;
  • Establish effective therapeutic relationships with clients;
  • Participating as a team member providing coordinated care of services;
  • Serve clients in the community, which may include attending treatment team meetings, school meetings, and/or legal hearings;
  • Document all services in the electronic health record to ensure compliance with clinical, courts, funding, and program licensing regulations/standards.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

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.

Therapists may be hired at one of the following levels:

Behavioral Health Therapist (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); and
  • License must be obtained within 90 days of hire.
Behavioral Health (Resident/Supervisee):
  • Perform supervised assessment and evaluation, diagnostic, treatment planning, case management, and counseling work as a trainee in order to obtain one of the following professional licenses related to a behavioral health discipline in the state of Virginia:
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
    • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP)
    • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Must meet (apply for and receive) the educational requirements to obtain a temporary license as a Resident in Counseling (for LPC or LMFT) or Resident in Clinical Psychology (for LCP), or register as a Supervisee in Social Work (LCSW) with the Virginia Department of Health Professions within 90 days of hire; and
  • Obtain appropriate licensure within three years of hire.
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, Art Therapy, or other directly related clinical discipline with internships and practicum requirements specified by the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Special Requirements
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 or ability to use alternative modes of transportation. 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 may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history which may include an NCIC check, a Virginia State Police background check, an FBI fingerprint background check, and/or a Virginia Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Central Registry search.

An online application is required. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the application process. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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