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Mental Health Counselor

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Mental Health Counselor

  • 494071
  • 4901 E PATRICK HENRY HWY PO BOX 548, BURKEVILLE, Virginia, United States, 23922-0548
  • VA Center for Behavioral Rehab
  • Health and Human Services
  • Full-Time (Salaried)
  • Dept Behavioral Health/Develop

Title: Mental Health Counselor

Hiring Range: Minimum $45,000 Commensurate with experience

Agency: Dept Behavioral Health/Develop

Location: Va Center for Behavioral Rehab

Agency Website: https://vcbr.dbhds.virginia.gov/

Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Job Duties

SIGN-ON BONUS of $3,000 available to qualified applicants.

Quarter 4 bonus of $3,000 -Employees who are employed as of April 1, 2023 and meet the defined criteria would be eligible for the retention bonus. The effective date would be May 25th, 2023 with a payout date of June 16th, 2023

In addition, VCBR offers supervision toward professional licensure and/or certification as well as many training opportunities. Employees at VCBR may also qualify for state and federal loan repayment programs.

The mission of The Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR) is to promote an integrated system of services that implements the core values of resilience, self-determination, and self-regulation. All services are provided in a safe and therapeutic environment that promotes positive change and rehabilitation of the resident. VCBR is a national leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of sexually violent predators.

VCBR is actively recruiting for a Mental Health Counselor. The Mental Health Counselor is to provide the full array of treatment services including but not limited to individual therapy, group therapy, assessment of residents, treatment planning, discharge planning, case management and being a member of the treatment team. The selected candidate should have knowledge of principles, practices, services and techniques of counseling, preferably with civilly committed SVP population; knowledge and ability to provide case management and coordinate resources for residents; ability to assess progress toward treatment goals; ability and skills in providing individual and group educational/supportive/insight/cognitive/behavioral counseling; ability to, in conjunction with interdisciplinary teams, develop goals and implement treatment plans; knowledge, skills and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited school or university with a master’s degree in social work, counseling, or psychology.

Preferred Qualifications:

Virginia licensure as LCSW, professional counselor, or psychologist.
Experience working with inpatient or residential mental health population.
Experience working with forensic mental health population.

Special Instructions: 

RMS provides a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS account to check the status of your application for this position.

All applicants are subject to an extensive background investigation and pre-employment drug screen. The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI); local agency checks; Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services check; employment verification; and verification of education (relevant to employment).

Under Virginia Code §§ 37.2-314 and 37.2-408.1, the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services is prohibited from employing or using as volunteers, persons who have been convicted of specific (“barrier”) crimes or persons who may be the subject of pending (“barrier”) charges (Go to the code section to see barrier crimes and related information).

Please provide all relevant work experience. In describing your relevant experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during the application and/or interview processes per the American with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Human Resources at (804) 766-3277 during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

VCBR offers a comprehensive benefit package to include your choice of health plan, paid life insurance and retirement plans, discounts, employee referral programs, 12 paid holidays, annual, family personal and sick leave.

VCBR is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.

VCBR is a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified employer that provides hiring preference to qualified veterans and service members. We highly encourage veterans, and active members of the Virginia National Guard and/or U.S. Military Reserve members to apply, and to respond accordingly on the state application.

Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities are open to all applicants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability. Minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people with National Service experience are encourage to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.

This position is open until filled; however, applications/resumes will begin to be reviewed within five (5) days of the date of this posting.

Contact Information:

Name: Shanon Gardner

Phone: 804-766-3326

Email: shanon.gardner@dbhds.virginia.gov


In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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