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Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapist - Consultant

Behavioral Health | Washington, DC | Contract

Job Description


One Common Unity (OCU) breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. Founded in 2000 following a string of school shootings in Washington, DC, OCU is a collaborative effort between educators, artists, and health practitioners dedicated to preventing violence and improving life outcomes for youth and families. Currently based in 23 schools throughout Washington, DC, we train the next generation of youth leaders in social-emotional literacy, arts expression, and conflict transformation and support them to create positive social change and healing in their communities. Over the past 19 years, we have impacted over 32,500 youth and families, trained over 11,500 teachers, hosted over 81 public concerts and performances, and recently were awarded the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Humanities.


We have expanded our mental health and behavioral health services and are seeking independent contractors to serve as clinicians for our outpatient behavioral health program. Qualified clinicians will provide direct services to clients. The Outpatient Behavioral Health Therapist will provide comprehensive behavioral health at a designated site and, as needed, remotely. 

As an independent contractor, the hours and volume of work will vary. Contractor compensation will be based on a percentage of billing revenue generated -- the percentage may vary depending on years of experience, level of licensure, special skills, etc.


  • Provide services, such as clinical assessments, individual, and group therapy; 

  • Maintain caseload of 5-30 direct service clients per week;

  • May be asked to conduct support group sessions, staff training, and caregiver engagement sessions related to mental health issues; 

  • Maintain license, certification, and/or promote identified program performance skills;

  • May support on-site crisis interventions, as needed and as possible under COVID safety guidance;

  • Conduct home visits to engage clients and parents; as needed and as possible under COVID safety guidance;

  • Maintain accurate, complete, and confidential case files, written documentation, and reports to track client progress and outcomes;

  • Provide assessment, treatment, and training services at community locations/schools, as needed;

  • Participate in clinical supervision or clinical consultation meetings; 

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Trauma-Informed practices and social justice; 

  • Provide services and conduct self in a manner consistent with the professional Code of Ethics; 

  • Integrate OCU feedback into practice; 

  • Assist with other tasks as outlined in the agreement.



  • Licensed as a LICSW, LGSW, LPC, or LGPC in Washington, DC; and eligible for reciprocity;

  • Have personal liability insurance, minimum $1,000,000 per claim and $3,000,000 aggregate;

  • CPR and First Aid (WFA); C-SSRS Training; Mandated Reporter training, local and federal background check, and NSO registry clearance, and if not, then start date will be contingent on enrollment; 

  • Proof of vaccination, or weekly testing, as required by DC Government and DCPS, accommodations will be made on medical or religious grounds under certain circumstances. 

Traits Needed:

  • A commitment to and understanding of One Common Unity’s mission;

  • A deep understanding of, and experience with, cultural humility-based, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive approaches to clinical work;

  • Engages in anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks regarding organizational culture (peer relationships, supervisory relationships, etc.);

  • Communicates effectively with clients, parents, staff, and members of an integrated behavioral health team;

  • Experience with and an ability to practice from a clinical lens that affirms intersecting identities, such as sexuality, gender, race, culture, and class;

  • Outstanding verbal, written, self-awareness, and listening skills;

  • An engaging and dynamic manner that demonstrates warmth and good humor when working with individuals;

  • Personal qualities of maturity, humility, strong work ethic, flexibility, and a commitment to learning/professional growth. 


  • Proficiency in providing therapy-related services in more than one language, preferred, but not required (Spanish is a plus);

  • Demonstrates experience in a specific creative/expressive approach including, but not limited to: Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, etc., preferred, but not required;

  • Articulates a personal approach to trauma-informed clinical practice;

  • Experienced with specific trauma-informed intervention preferred, but not required;

  • Existing credentialing with AmeriHealth, other MCO’s, and private insurance providers preferred, but not required;

  • Exiting CAQH profile, and if not, then start date will be contingent on enrolling.

One Common Unity is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, differently-abled, LGBTQIA, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

*This position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19.*