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Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Insurance
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 719074971 / Latpro-3589198 
Date posted: Jan-07-2018
State, Zip: Virginia, 22201


Position Information

The Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) of the Department of Human Services is hiring a Mental Health Therapist II (Bilingual) within the Children's Behavioral Health Bureau to work on an integrated team providing a full range of services in behavioral health to a culturally and ethnically diverse population. The employee will work closely with a multidisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, nurse, therapist and clinical supervisor.

The Mental Health Therapist will manage a case load for youth (birth to 17 years of age) and is responsible for providing and arranging clinical and case management services to youth with serious emotional disturbance/serious mental illness and/or substance abuse problems to include trauma related disorders; and their families. The employee will navigate a complex system involving social services, schools, and the legal system for a client base that experiences frequent crises and traumatic situations. These circumstances often result in mental health symptoms, substance use, and behavioral issues that can present in the form of suicidal ideation and self-destructive behaviors. The Mental Health Therapist is responsible for assessing client symptoms promptly with the readiness to provide treatment or link to services and will be expected to demonstrate flexibility and resilience while seeing clients with complex trauma.

This announcement may also be used to fill similar non-bilingual vacancies in CFSD. To learn more about Child & Family Services, please click here.

Duties include:
  • Conducting comprehensive assessments of mental health history, functioning, and service needs to evaluate the presence of mental/substance abuse disorders including performing crisis intervention;
  • Performing diagnosis using ICD10/ DSM V, ASAM criteria;
  • Developing, implementing, evaluating, and revising treatment plans;
  • Providing individual and group therapy, family support and consultation, crisis intervention, discharge planning, and referral services for youth and adolescents;
  • Facilitating treatment using evidenced based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and Expressive treatment modalities;
  • Delivering symptom education to enable clients to identify symptoms and teaching behavioral symptom management techniques;
  • Facilitating substance groups for teens and parent education groups on treatment and resources;
  • Documenting and tracking services in an electronic record database management system to meet service and documentation standards in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations.
The ideal candidate will have a broad range of skills in evaluating and treating adolescents with mental health and substance abuse disorders, histories of trauma and high risk behaviors.

Selection Criteria


  • Bilingual speaking and writing ability in English/Spanish;
  • Master's degree in a clinical discipline such as Counseling, Psychiatric Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychiatric Nursing, or other directly related clinical discipline, all of which required a clinical practicum prior to graduation involving diagnostic and treatment services; and
  • Two years post-Master's degree experience providing clinical therapy and other mental health services, which included the application of diagnostic and treatment services.
Substitution : A directly related higher level clinical degree may substitute for the Master's Degree education requirement and one year of experience. In the case of this substitution, remaining qualifying work experience must have been gained after the acquisition of the directly related higher level clinical degree.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Evaluating children and/or adolescents with serious emotional disturbance and at risk conditions;
  • Treating children and/or adolescents with histories of trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence, separation/loss);
  • Providing alcohol and drug treatment to adolescents;
  • Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) certification; and/or
  • Virginia licensure or license eligibility as (transferrable): ie. LCSW, LPC, LMF, etc

Special Requirements

An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position(s). The incumbent in the position(s) will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours for bilingual positions.

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 the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. 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.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Flexible work schedule to accommodate 4-6 evening hours required on a weekly basis.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions . Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This is a grant funded position and is contingent upon funding availability. 

The salary range above covers the Mental Health Therapist II position for a candidate who is hired without the appropriate Virginia clinical licensure. The salary range for Mental Health Therapist II (Licensed) is $60,964.80 - $93,142.60.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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