Clinician (LCSW) - #134970

Richmond Sheriff's Department (Sheriff's Office)

Date: 5 days ago
City: Richmond, VA
Contract type: Full time

Job Description


Richmond City Justice Center is accepting applications for a full-time Clinical Social Worker. This position will work with inmates at the RCJC to provide crisis intervention; intake and treatment assessments; and individual and group therapy. Incumbent will perform consultation and case planning with public defenders, and the medical, mental health, and chemical dependency treatment community. In addition to collaborating frequently with Behavioral Health agencies in the city/county, this position will collaborate with outside department contacts such as law enforcement agencies from the community, families of patients, court personnel, community hospital staff, and other city or county agencies with a vested interest in the inmates.

Key Responsibilities:

Interviewing and assessing the needs of incarcerated adults who may be in emotional and behavioral crisis.

  • Apply theory in mental health diagnosis and the planning and implementation of intervention programs.
  • Prepare concise and complete reports and documentation related to client treatment, progress and services in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of behavioral health and chemical dependency theory.
  • Advanced interpersonal sensitivity and human relations skills to work effectively with the population served including the ability to understand client situations and values.
  • Act professionally with regard to code of ethics, disclosure, and confidentiality.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing, with the ability to carry out instructions in an efficient manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, clients, agencies and the public at all times.
  • Mental health counseling with the offender population and crisis intervention experience;
  • Experience conducting suicide risk assessments;
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Work effectively both independently and in a team setting within a corrections facility.
  • Deal with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors, utilizing tactfulness and a congenial, personable manner;
  • Provide psycho-educational groups, including cognitive behavioral based programs, to inmates.
  • Respond to "Inmate Request Forms" and "Mental Health Referral Forms," per policy.
  • Facilitate suicide staffing as needed and prepare progress notes, EMR documentation, case plan development and follow up supervision.
  • Complete "Psychiatric Medication Review" for inmates.
  • Complete diagnostic mental health evaluation of inmates to determine mental health needs.
  • Consult with medical staff regarding psychiatric medication and treatment of mentally ill inmates.
  • Complete assessment for emergency commitment and prepare appropriate documentation.
  • Assure both emergency and non-emergency transfer for inmates experiencing acute mental health crisis;
  • Render clinical direction to non-clinical staff in mental health care and treatment of inmates;
  • Provide consultation and guidance to correctional staff and administrators about mental health needs and issues including developmental disabilities, mental illness, and other special needs populations as identified;
  • Provide training regarding mental health needs and issues;

Required Competencies:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid license from the State of Virginia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • Knowledge of and ability to conduct crisis assessment and counseling utilizing therapist manuals and protocols and agency/facility security policies;
  • Ability to effectively interact with offenders;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to read and comprehend the English language;
  • Ability to effectively communicate fluently in English both verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;

Required work experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in counseling, specifically in the mental health field working with a variety of diagnoses, and facilitation of psychoeducational groups.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required. Should applicant’s background reveal criminal charges, it shall be the responsibility of the applicant to provide the Department of Corrections with written/official disposition of any charges.

Company Description

The Richmond City Sheriff’s Office is responsible for maintaining a secure jail and a safe court system and for providing seamless inmate transport and civil process to safety. We remain committed to performing these duties with unsurpassed integrity and professionalism and with progressive training that incorporates best practices and technology.

While partnering with the community, we strive to lower recidivism by providing faith-based and community-based programming that empowers ex-offenders to become productive members of society. If you are looking for a great career, we encourage you to continue with this applicant-friendly, online job application.

The Richmond City Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Numerous educational partnerships with local institutions of higher learning providing reduced tuition
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Optional Disability and Family Life Insurance
  • Certified V3 Employer
  • Direct Deposit
  • Optional Deferred Compensation Retirement
  • Virginia Retirement System Retirement with Hazardous Duty Supplement for Deputies
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • 12 Vacation Days Per Year
  • 15 Days Military Leave per Military Fiscal Year
  • 15 Days Sick Leave Accrued per Year

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