NVFS’ Multicultural Center 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.
The Bilingual Mental Health Counselor provides services to low-income individuals and families with multicultural backgrounds. The 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. 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.
Essential Job Duties: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with known disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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 and to external parties (such as courts, parents, schools) as appropriate.
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.
Remain current on knowledge of standards and other program-related information.
Enter data for record keeping and reporting to meet relevant guidelines.
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 and Additional Requirements: An individual may obtain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform essential job duties.
Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling, or a related field.
Bilingual fluency in English and a foreign language of client population required (such as Spanish, French, Amharic, Arabic, Farsi, Dari)
Must have at least one (1) year of post-graduate clinical experience in trauma focused psychotherapy such as: work with torture survivors; victims of sexual offenses, domestic violence or any other trauma survivors.
Proficiency in usage of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
Must be able to demonstrate and live the organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability.
Must have reliable transportation to move between different offices and other designated community locations
May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours.
Successful completion of background checks required upon hire, including TB test.
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.