CS Therapist III Mental Health Supported...
Prince William County Government - Woodbridge, VA

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Job Title:
CS Therapist III Mental Health Supported Living

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Closing Date/Time:
Fri. 12/02/11 11:59 PM Eastern Time

$52,023.14 - $83,236.92 Annually

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Prince William County, Virginia

If you interested in being part of an organization whose mission is a commitment to improving the quality of life for people with or at risk of developing mental disabilities and substance abuse problems and trying to prevent the occurrences of these conditions through a system of caring that respects and promotes the dignity, rights and full participation of individuals and their families, then the Prince William County Community Services Board is for you. Located within easy commuting distance from Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, Prince William County is a diverse and dynamic community, where we treasure our past and the promise of our future.
We are seeking qualified applicants to fill a full time permanent CS Therapist III position providing clinical supervision and direct services as a member of a recovery oriented intensive community treatment team serving adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness or co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder. Services are provided primarily outside of the office - that is, in client's homes or other community- based sites.Come join a team that values quality service, integrity, and accountability.

For additional information about Prince William County's Community Services click on the following link: Community Services .


General Definition of Work, Typical tasks, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Performs difficult professional work designed to provide mental health servicesto clients. Work involves the assessment, intervention, counseling/therapy, treatment and rehabilitation of clients with problems requiring application of thorough clinical knowledge and skills.

Work is performed under general supervision of Community Services Program Manager or Therapist IV. Incumbent exercises independent judgment within established policies, procedures and professional guidelines. Work is reviewed through observations, conferences, reports and results obtained. Work is performed inresidential program sites, client’s homes and/or outpatient clinics.
Work which is complex or involves ethically or politically sensitive issues is performed under supervisory guidance. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate personnel, students and volunteers.

Prepares and presents case presentations for clinical supervision;

Conducts screening interviews; makes initial diagnosis; and develops and implements individual treatment plans; maintains records according to agency’s policies and procedures; prepares reports;

Conducts and writes clinical evaluations for judicial system, Department of Social Services, Social Security Administration, etc.;

Provides case management activities for multi-problem clients, including outreach, assessment, linkage to and coordination with other service providers, client advocacy, and after care treatment;

Provides crisis intervention for clients, including those at high risk for suicide/homicide;

Provides emergency mental health, treatment services;

Provides psychosocial rehabilitation and residential services, as required;

Provides assessment and intervention through the following treatment activities as required: individualtherapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, education of clients through teaching activities of daily living;

Provides clinical management and first-line supervision for an inter-disciplinary team;

Provides clinical services; consultation and technical assistance to families, professional and community agencies;

Provides therapy, assessments and appropriate referrals for detoxification and residential rehabilitation, discharge planning and aftercare services;

Evaluates risk and potential need for hospitalization; develops and implements risk management plans;

Attends and participates in staff meetings and professional development activities;

Assists in budgeting, hiring, and administrative tasks for the team;

May perform First Aid and CPR as needed.

Thorough knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, practices and techniques of therapy, treatment and counseling as related to adult mental health, substance abuse, psychosocial rehabilitation and residential services; thorough knowledge of case management, crisis intervention, intake, screening and assessment techniques; thorough knowledge ofclinical and community services; thorough knowledge of the self help programs and howthey work;some knowledge of crisis intervention, evaluation techniques; some knowledge of the principles and practices of supervisory techniques; skill in motivating, developing and directing people as they work; ability to diagnose clients correctly, ability to conduct interviews and investigations; ability to determine proper techniques and methods intervention in varying clinical situations; ability to maintain effective working relationships with clients, their families, co-workers, and other professionals in the community; ability to provide clinical management and supervision over subordinate staff; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to prepare and maintain proper records and reports thorough knowledge of intake techniques; ability to rapidly assess client emergency/crisis needs and to develop plans to manage crisis situations; thorough knowledge of psychotropic medications; ability to diagnose clients correctly, ability to make effective and appropriate referrals fordetoxification and residential rehabilitation; ability to assist clients' successful engagement in the self help community; ability to plan, organize, assign, train and evaluate the work of subordinates.

Education and Experience:
Requires Master's Degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related behavioral science field; and 2-3 years experience in the delivery of human services in a Human Services environment; and 1-2 years professional level supervisory experience.

Experience with evidence based treatment approaches for adults with SMI.

Experience providing crisis assessments for adults with SMI.

Experience providing supervision.

Experience with Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT or ICT)
Experience providing services to individuals with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.
Experience providing services to adults outside of an office setting (e.g., home-based)

Special Requirements:
Must be L. C. S. W., L. P. C., or Licensed Clinical Psychologist,

Must possess license at the time of employment;

Must pass DMV record check;

Must pass TB test;

Offer of employment is contingent upon the candidate passing a fingerprint based National Criminal History Record Check;

Certification in First Aide and Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation, as required.

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