Bilingual Mental Health Counselor

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

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.


Mental Health Counselors in the Youth Initiatives Programs provide community-based clinical services (individual, family, and group) to low-income individuals and families with multicultural and trauma and/or family reunification backgrounds as part of a holistic intervention and prevention team consisting of case managers, mental health counselors, and program management.

This position will specifically work with adolescent males, typically recently immigrated from Central America. Many of these clients are passively resistant to services, having been referred by adults in their lives for services, not seeking it out for themselves and often coming with preconceived negative perceptions of mental health counseling. Client may also be involved with gangs or at risk of becoming involved. Successful candidates are those willing to be creative, persistent, and skilled in engaging challenging clients, have experience working with similar clients, and be open to in-person services based on client need. This position functions as part of a clinical team, with support and clinical supervision as essential aspects. This position receives clinical supervision towards licensure.


Master’s degree in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Counseling required.
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; and work with families around attachment.
Experience providing services to immigrants and recently reunified families and adolescents preferred.
Fluency in English and Spanish required. Additional language skills always welcome.
Proficiency in usage of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet required. Proficiency in 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 visit client homes and other designated community locations.
Must be comfortable with varying home conditions and being around sick children and adults
May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours.
Successful completion of background checks required upon hire.

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