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Behavioral Health Senior Clinician

Come be part of a state-of-the art clinical treatment facility where integrated treatment in behavioral health care is on the cutting edge. This treatment provider/case management position serves adults with substance dependence disorders, serious mental illness, and co-occurring disorders, who may also have developmental disabilities, and/or physical illnesses. Provides substance dependence treatment programming to include group therapy modality of treatment. Functions independently in a multidisciplinary team as primary case manager/therapist performing a comprehensive array of professional treatment services for the most acute adult behavioral health population. Case management duties include providing both outpatient and community-based care, completing urinalyses and breathalyzers, linking, monitoring, and collaborating with family and various community partners such as PCPs, Probation and Parole, court system, Department of Family Services, etc. Maintain detailed Electronic Health Records meeting state local and federal performance contract expectations. A strong commitment to program development with an approach of "nothing is impossible" is required.

Position may be underfilled as a Behavioral Health Clinician in Residence; the underfill requirements are stated below in the Employment Standards section. 

Note: This advertisement is for Gartlan Center and may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

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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;
  • Recommends, monitors, and coordinates clinical care to non-Community Services Board clients;
  • Prepares court-ordered diagnostic and forensic evaluations, including competency to stand trial, sexual abnormality, presentencing, and sanity at time of offense;
  • 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.

This vacancy may be underfilled at the level of Behavioral Health Clinician in Residence (S24, $59,679 - $99,466). The employment standards for the Behavioral Health Clinician in Residence are graduation from an accredited college with a master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing; plus two years of clinical experience. Ability to register as a licensed eligible mental health professional within 90 days of the appointment and able to qualify for licensure requirement to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia within 3 years of employment in one of the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Click here to view the complete details and KSAs for the Behavioral Health Clinician in Residence. Upon completion of an underfill agreement (which will require that the employee meet the employment standards stated above in addition to obtaining competencies and licensures defined by the hiring agency) the employee will be elevated to the level of Behavioral Health Senior Clinician.

Note: A registered licensed eligible mental health professional has been approved by the applicable Virginia health regulatory board as a supervisee in clinical social work or a resident in clinical psychology, professional counseling, substance abuse treatment practice, or marriage and family therapy.
  • Valid driver's license
  • 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, 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).  

  • Training and/or experience providing integrated services to seriously mentally ill, substance use
  • disorder and/or co-occurring adults. 
  • Strong/expert level group facilitation skills. 
  • Experience with and knowledge of the aging population and its issues, particularly life stage/developmental challenges common to the geriatric population. 
  • Competent in crisis management.
  • Knowledge of DSM and diagnostic intake procedures.
  • Knowledge of psychotropic medication and its effects, as well as in-depth biopsychosocial history development.
  • Knowledge of CSB, county, and community resources.
  • Experience with Motivational interviewing and stages of change.
  • Experience with and knowledge of various substance abuse prevention and treatment methods/techniques.
  • Culturally competent. 
Ability to independently transport self and (sometimes others using county vehicle) fulfill duties at other sites as needed. Ability to observe, process and document clinical information and make clinical interventions appropriate to client need. Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer. 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 status as a veteran 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.