Easter Seals Serving DCIMDIVA
 Silver Spring, MD

Mental Health Clinician (LPC, LGSW, LCSW, or LMFT)

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic

Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA


Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA offers a unique opportunity for a motivated leader to join a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled professionals at The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic for the National Capital Area. The successful candidate will be motivated to deliver services to the highest standards of efficacy and quality, have excellent communication and customer service skills, and be results-oriented.

Overview of Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA

Since 1919, Easter Seals has been serving the community providing help, hope and answers for our neighbors challenged by physical, mental, or emotional health issues.

Easter Seals was founded after Ohio businessman Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fundraising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by this discovery, in 1919 Allen founded what became known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the first organization of its kind. In 1934 the organization began using Easter “seals” as a fundraising campaign and these grew so popular that in 1967 the organization formally adopted the name Easter Seals. Easter Seals is non-sectarian and serves all people in the community. Easter Seals provides services through a network of affiliates that are organized to meet the needs of the local community.

Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA (ESDCMDVA) ( is the affiliate serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We deliver exceptional services through a network of 6 sites and in-home care, and we provide Adult Medical Day Care, Early Child Development and Education, Therapy, Respite, and Workforce Development services where participants and their families find support, hope, medical care, and enjoyable activities. In 2017 we will be establishing The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA (MFC).

In addition to serving the overall community, our programs place a special emphasis on the special needs of wounded warriors, veterans, active duty military, and their families. We are an independent 501(c)3 with a local board of directors focused on solving critical issues in our community so that all our neighbors thrive.

Our unique and dedicated staff of over 200 professionals includes specialists in education, therapy, senior services, social work, assistive technology, nursing, and related professions. In addition, as a part of the Easter Seals, Inc. international network, we are able to draw on the resources of almost 25,000 professionals to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of service delivery.

Our entire staff shares our Core Values which are an integral component of the success of ESDCMDVA:

  • Respect: We respect each other. We value the uniqueness and dignity of each individual, and appreciate the strength of diversity and inclusion.
  • Responsibility: We share a sense of responsibility for doing things right, being good stewards and being accountable for our actions.
  • Integrity: We conduct business ethically with a commitment to moral integrity and we expect people to hold a high moral standard. We communicate openly, honestly and directly.
  • Innovation: We embrace new ideas, take measured risks and find better ways to help more people.
  • Care: We show compassion for others and continue to live our mission each day.

Overview of the MFC and the Cohen Veterans Network

The MFC is part of the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) which provides high-quality, accessible and evidenced based mental healthcare at 16 clinics across the country. The CVN strengthens mental health outcomes for veterans dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) or other mental illness and ensures that every veteran and family member is able to obtain access to high-quality, effective care that enables them to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

The MFC provides evidence-based mental health and related support services to veterans and their families, military family members, Guard and Reserve and caregivers. The care is provided regardless of discharge status and regardless of ability to pay. We have a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist, case manager and outreach which allows us to offer high-quality, timely and personalized mental health treatment tailored to meet the specific needs of our veteran and military family member population in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. MFC participants are able to draw on ESDCMDVA’s extensive array of wraparound services, including job coaching and placement through our Veteran Staffing Network, child development, respite, and medical adult day services, and participants in these ESDCMDVA programs are also expected to use the MFC.

Position Summary

The Mental Health Clinician will have training and experience counseling in trauma and PTSD, individual (children and adults), couples, and family therapy and be skilled at delivering Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Clinician will report to either the Lead Clinician or Clinic Director based on the clinician’s level of licensure and will provide direct counseling services for clients of the MFC. As such, we seek a clinician who will excel at roles and responsibilities including but not limited to:

Administration, Management, and Operations

  • Provide treatment in compliance with state and federal guidelines as well as Center policies, protocols and procedures.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide the best evidenced-based care to clients
  • Manage caseload of veteran and family members and complete accurate and timely documentation in the electronic health record (within 48 hrs of appt)
  • Attend weekly MFC clinical, supervision, and administrative meetings

Clinical Care

  • Provide direct mental health services to veterans and their families. Perform and document client screenings, psychosocial assessments, and progress and referral information
  • Conduct clinical intake assessments on veterans and family members
  • Provide individual, couples, and family therapy to clients, with a focus on delivering Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and other evidenced-based interventions.

Critical Competencies for Success

Exceptional Communicator: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively via oral and written means. Ability to present a positive and friendly demeanor to veterans, their families, staff, and clinic support personnel, funders and the general public. Ability to develop and provide oral presentations

Team Player: Ability to work as part of an effective multidisciplinary team

Exceptional Clinician: Proven capacity to deliver results through short-term evidenced-based therapy programs. Ability to identify and assess high risk veterans or family members and provide appropriate acute care intervention. Must have experience and training in Cognitive-Behavioral interventions.

Technical: Ability to learn and appropriately utilize the electronic health record. Knowledge of clinical services and community resources

Decision Making: Ability to think analytically and evaluate the impact of clinical recommendations. Ability to set work priorities and to evaluate and create solutions to work related problems

Ability to Succeed in a Not-for-Profit Clinical Environment: Demonstrated experience working successfully within a high pace, collaborative and collegial organization. Comfort rolling one’s sleeves up and engaging in day-to-day operations. Passion for and commitment to ESDCMDVA’s mission


  • Education: Masters in Social Work OR a Masters in Family Therapy.
  • Must be licensed or licensed-eligible to practice in the state of Maryland.
  • Must also be licensed or license-eligible to practice in the state of Virginia, Washington DC, and/or West Virginia
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in an outpatient clinical setting providing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Experience working with or managing the care of adults, children, couples, and families
  • Knowledge in DSM-IV/DSM-V diagnoses
  • Experience in PTSD diagnosis and treatment
  • Veteran or military family member strongly preferred, experience working with military populations required
  • Knowledge of the appropriate and effective use of protected health information, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act
  • Ability to work evening hours (until 6pm on Mon/Tues and/or 8pm on Weds and occasional weekends a strong plus)
  • Working knowledge of Outlook and Word
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus