Arlington County Department of Human Services

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Please note: This recruitment may be used to fill future, similar vacancies  Some positions are eligible to receive a $1500.00 Signing Bonus at the time of hire and $1500.00 at end of first year

This announcement may be used to fill immediate and future vacancies, to include part-time and full-time.

The Children’s Behavioral Health Bureau is located within the Child and Family Service Division, at the Department of Human Services (DHS).  The Bureau is responsible for providing comprehensive, trauma informed, and culturally responsive mental health and substance use services to help youth, with the support of their caregivers, thrive in their environments. The Behavioral Health Therapist must have broad ranging skills in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with mental health and/or substance use disorders, histories of trauma and high-risk behaviors.  Services for children and youth are provided in their homes, school, community and our office.

*We are specifically recruiting for  clinicians with experience providing clinical services in  in one or more of the following areas:
-Individual, family, and/or group substance use treatment (therapy and case management)
-Individual, family, and/or group mental health treatment (therapy and case management)
Intake assessments and mental health diagnoses to children and youth

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 through August 31, 2023.

For more information, please visit Child & Family Services Division

The applicable salary range for each designation are effective June 28, 2023:

  • Behavioral Health Therapist (Licensed) : $81,619.20- $124,737.60 Annually
  • Behavioral Health (Resident/Supervisee): $71,052.80-$108,576.00 Annually
  • Behavioral Health Therapist (Non-VA Licensed): $71,052.80-$108,576.00 Annually

Specific duties include:

  • Providing direct individual/family/group psychotherapy, case management, and care coordination support to youth with mental health, substance use and/or co-occurring disorders;
  • Conducting initial intake assessments to determine diagnosis and treatment recommendations;
  • Providing crisis intervention to assist youth with maintaining safety in the least restrictive setting possible;
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans;
  • Establishing effective therapeutic relationships with clients;
  • Participating as a team member providing coordinated care of services;
  • Serving clients in the community, which may include attending treatment team meetings, school meetings, and/or legal hearings; and
  • Documenting 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. These guidelines describe Master’s Degree and practicum requirements.

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);
  • License must be obtained within 90 days of hire; and
  • While awaiting licensure from the State of Virginia (LPC), (LCP), (LMFT), (LCSW), must apply for and obtain 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- 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.

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