The Mental Health Counselor provides services to low-income individuals and families with multicultural backgrounds enrolled in the Rental Subsidy and Services Program. The Mental Health Counselor will work closely with NVFS Community Housing Program, Community Housing program provides direct assistance and supportive services to support safe and stable housing for eligible households in Fairfax County. Caseload for this position will offer a combination of individual, couples, and/or family therapy, as well as workshop presentations and coping skills, support and/or psychoeducational groups as needed, to respond to the changing needs of the community. Assigned clients will usually be supported by grants, or in a few cases have medical insurance or pay out of pocket for services. Services may be provided within an NVFS office, within an integrated community setting (schools, health clinic, child care center, job training site, shelter), or virtually. All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organization’s client base.
The Multicultural Center program of NVFS provides multicultural mental health, case management and legal services that address the needs of low-income, English-limited immigrants and refugees for whom existing services are inaccessible due to language and cultural barriers. Clients include individuals from all cultural and ethnic groups whose mental health and socio-economic stability is compromised as a result of trauma, poverty, chronic stress, and other tremendous challenges posed by the process of cultural adjustment. Trauma informed services are provided by bilingual, bicultural counselors, therapists, case managers and attorneys. This role will be working primarily remote.
Essential Job Duties:
- Provide individual, couples, family, and group therapy services for a culturally diverse population.
- Ensure that all necessary paperwork to initiate treatment is completed.
- Administer/score outcome measures as specified by the program areas.
- Complete appropriate documentation of services provided (e.g. progress notes, billing) using Apricot and other NVFS-approved software.
- Communicate patient progress as appropriate (i.e., have consent) to external parties (e.g., courts, parents, schools).
- Develop group therapy curricula and facilitate therapeutic groups.
- Communicate patient progress with identified integrated care team on site at the heath care clinic.
- Communicate patient progress as appropriate (i.e. have consent) to external parties (e.g. courts, parents, schools).
- Coordinate the services provided within the treatment plan (e.g., case management, volunteers, psychiatry).
- Perform other indirect service activities that may include: interpretation, client referral tracking, outreach presentations, agency committee work, advocacy, grant reporting, etc.
- Participate in regular supervision with direct supervisor by providing regular updates.
- Maintain files in accordance with program/licensing requirements and NVFS guidelines.
- Assure confidentiality policies and procedures are followed to protect the rights of clients, that reports to authorities occur in the mandated time frames and that critical incident reviews related to these procedures are completed and filed.
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling, or a related field.
- Fluency in one of any foreign language of client population, required (such as Spanish, French, Amharic, Arabic, Farsi, Dari)
- 1-2 years of post-graduate clinical experience is required in trauma focused psychotherapy such as: work with torture survivors; victims of sexual offenses, domestic violence or any other trauma survivors.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
At Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), we value the diversity of backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers. We celebrate and thrive on our differences and welcome everyone’s unique contributions. NVFS is committed to advancing equity, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. NVFS is an E-Verify participant and drug-free workplace.
NVFS values diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, other members of marginalized communities, veterans and national service alumni.