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February 22, 2020
Csb New Generations (gh22), Virginia
Job Type


Job Announcement

Dynamic counselor needed for innovative co-occurring (substance abuse/mental health) position at residential substance abuse treatment program. Exciting opportunity for hands on clinical experience, professional development and potential advancement in a progressive Fairfax County agency. This position requires overnight, day, evening and weekend coverage, with the availability and flexibility for holiday coverage. Duties include providing counseling services, crisis intervention, facilitating psychoeducational groups, medication administration, milieu management, transporting individuals using a county vehicle, building and maintaining rapport with Fairfax County agencies as well as outside agencies. Assists with completing and maintaining the electronic health record for residents. Provides urine screens and breathalyzers as needed. Works on a multidisciplinary team. All staff in this program are considered emergency services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergency).

**This ad may be used to fill other Behavioral Health Specialist I positions within the Community Services Board in various locations with varying staff schedules. Please indicate shift availability in supplemental questions.

Note: To learn more about careers that make a difference, watch our video "CSB: Making a Difference in Our Community".

Illustrative Duties

  • Functions as an active member of a treatment team;
  • Functions as a co-leader in groups;
  • Assists with data gathering for needs assessment;
  • Contributes to the development of individual service plans, with consideration given to the nature and severity of the behavioral health and psychosocial needs, individual strengths and preferences, and support systems;
  • Makes interventions as outlined in the service plan;
  • Brings forward timely information on individuals' progress and evolving needs to the treatment team;
  • Provides individual supportive counseling and skill-building involving specific concerns;
  • Conducts admission and orientation into the program/services;
  • Provides individual and group psycho-educational sessions for clients, family members, and significant others;
  • Maintains and updates information on community resources for individuals, families, and other concerned persons;
  • Provides skill building to clients in developing and practicing daily living, recovery, and self-advocacy skills;
  • Observes client behavior and provides de-escalation techniques;
  • Maintains client records in accordance with state and department regulations;
  • Maintains all appropriate program logs and information;
  • Provides program coverage and supervises program activities;
  • Transports and accompanies individuals to various appointments.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of the psychological and social development of individuals;
  • Knowledge of substance use disorders and the physiological, psychological and social impacts;
  • knowledge of public and private community based resources;
  • Knowledge of social history development and interviewing and treatment techniques appropriate for individuals with substance use and/or mental illness/ serious emotional disturbance (SED);
  • Ability to recognize behavioral symptoms of mental illness/ serious emotional disturbance (SED) and substance use, and developmental disabilities;
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships with clients;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports;
  • Ability to assist with initial screening of the severity of individuals' substance use/mental health symptoms, treatment, and support needs.
Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, sociology, nursing or a related field.


  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB.
  • First Aid and CPR certification, within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment;
  • Medication Administration Assistance (VA) Certification within 90 days of appointment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, a driving record check, and a sanctions screening to the satisfaction of the employer.TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.


  • Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling or BA/BS degree in Social Work or related field.
  • Two year's experience providing services to Substance Use Dependent clients.

Ability to drive a County Vehicle and climb stairs, walk, and stand and bend as needed to carry out job duties. Ability to lift and carry up to 15 lbs and observe client behavior/appearance, review and write progress notes in electronic health record (EHR) and staff log.All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include practical exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

Merit Positions

Fairfax County is proud to offer employees an attractive and comprehensive benefits program, including the following:

  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • LiveWell Program
  • Flexible Spending Programs
  • Paid Leave (annual, sick, parental, volunteer activity, and more!)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees' Child Care Center
  • Commuter Benefit Program
  • Continuous Learning Opportunities

For additional details please visit the County's benefits webpage.

Non-Merit Positions

  1. Non-Merit Benefit Eligible: scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year.
    • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
    • Flexible Spending Program
    • Deferred Compensation
  2. Temporary: scheduled to work a maximum of 900 hours in a calendar year.
    • No benefits
What is the highest level of education that you have completed?

  • Less than 12th grade
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree
If you answered that you have a degree in the previous question, please indicate your area of study below. If you do not have a degree, please select "not applicable."

  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Other (related field)
  • Not applicable
If you selected "Related field" for the previous question, what is the major of your highest completed related degree. If not applicable to you, type N/A.

    Do you currently possess a valid driver's license?

    • Yes
    • No
    How many full-time equivalent years of professional clinical experience do you have? (Clinical experience means providing direct clinical services to individuals with mental illness and includes supervised internships, practicums, and field experience.)

    • None
    • Less than one year
    • One to less than two years
    • Two to less than three years
    • Three to less than four years
    • Four or more years
    Are you a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)?

    • Yes
    • No
    Do you have experience working in any of the following specialties? Check all that apply.

    • Psychiatric mental health
    • Substance use disorders
    • Behavioral health
    • Crisis intervention
    • Social work
    • None
    Which of the following tasks/duties have you performed? (Check all that apply)

    • Assisted clients with treatment plan objectives.
    • Monitored clients in a residential program for participation and safety.
    • Assisted clients in the self-administration of medications.
    • Assisted clients to develop skills for sober living.
    • Transported clients to appointments and activities.
    • Assisted clients to fill out forms for financial assistance and benefits.
    • Assisted clients to develop independent living skills.
    • Provided psychoeducational groups for clients.
    • None of the above
    Which of the following shifts are you willing to work? Check all that apply.

    • Day shifts
    • Evening shifts
    • Overnight shifts
    • Weekend shifts
    • Holidays
    • None of the above
    This position is considered essential personnel for purposes of continuity of operations and may be required to respond during inclement weather or emergency situations. Are you willing and able to report to work during these situations?

    • Yes
    • No

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