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 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH THERAPIST (LICENSED) - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$73632 - 112507
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Psych/Behavioral/Mental
Health - Social Work/Public Health
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 3265476 / Latpro-3832498 
Date posted: Oct-15-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$73,632.00 - $112,507.20 Annually


(Sequoia Plaza) *ART Bus Accessible*, VA

Job Type



Department of Human Services

Job Number



12/31/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Please note: We are recruiting for current and future vacancies in the following areas:

Aging & Disability Services Division
Child & Family Services Division
Behavioral Healthcare Division

Arlington County Government is creating a talent pool to be used to fill current and future vacancies in the field of Behavioral Health Therapy at multiple levels following the standards for licensure set forth by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. Complete just one application to be considered for openings throughout the recruitment window of October 15, 2021 - December 31, 2021.

For more information about the Arlington County Department of Human Services, please visit DHS

We are seeking licensed Behavioral Health Therapists for various divisions within DHS. Although positions may be underfilled 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): $73,632.00 - $112,507.20
  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (RESIDENT/SUPERVISEE): $64,084.80 - $97,947.20  

Applications submitted during the open period will be considered continuously for vacancies which become available through December 31, 2021. Openings may be for full- or part-time opportunities, and the population served may vary in age or circumstance depending upon the specific program area within the Department of Human Services.  

Responsibilities for Behavioral Health Therapists (Licensed) may include the following:

  • Conducting initial intake evaluations or assessments to determine level of care needed;
  • Providing crisis intervention and facilitating psychiatric admissions;
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans;
  • Establishing effective therapeutic relationships with clients;
  • Providing individual consultation and/or family therapy as well as facilitating groups;
  • Case management and care coordination;
  • Linking clients with case management services and/or referring to community resources;
  • Participating as a team member providing coordinated care of services;
  • Traveling to serve clients in the community;
  • Delivering, counseling, and monitoring medication given to clients; and
  • Competing extensive medical records to ensure compliance with clinical, 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.

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);
  • License must be obtained within 90 days of hire; and
  • While awaiting licensure from the State of Virginia (LPC), (LCP), (LMFT), (LCSW), must meet the criteria of a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Adult (QMHP-A) or a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Child (QMHP-C) per the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations within 60 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 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;
  • Meet the criteria of a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Adult (QMHP-A) or a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Child (QMHP-C) per the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations within 60 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.

Additional Information

Applications received: Not all programs served will have Behavioral Health Therapist vacancies during this time. Applicants need apply only one time to be considered during the advertised time period. To request access to update your application, please contact (see application details) or call (see application details).

Bilingual: Some job openings may be designated as bilingual in English and Spanish to deliver services to Spanish speaking-families, including interpreting when needed. An assessment of 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.

Work Hours: Specific work hours will be discussed during the interview process with the supervisor to meet program and client needs. Some positions may require holidays, nights, and/or weekend shifts.

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: (see application details)

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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