Psychiatric Social Worker II

  • SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA
  • San Jose, California
  • Dec 07, 2017
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $80,629.12 - $97,547.84 Annually

Job Description



Under general supervision, to provide psychiatric casework, counseling, psychotherapy, and treatment services in a counseling center, clinic, or institutional setting.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. These positions are located in both our Mental Health Division and our Alcohol & Drug Services Division.



Typical Tasks
  • Performs intensive casework, counseling, psychotherapy, and treatment services with patients or clients and their families;
  • Participates in the evaluation of problems presented and in the development of treatment plans;
  • May participate in group therapy programs;
  • Prepares social case histories with particular emphasis upon psycho-social factors affecting the patient or client;
  • Cooperates with staff and other community agencies in carrying out treatment plans;
  • Participates in psychotherapy programs with psychiatric and/or milieu staff treatment teams;
  • Interprets and explains social and emotional factors pertaining to illness to clients, relatives and community groups, and may conduct educational sessions and training events, as appropriate;
  • Evaluates new techniques for dealing with emotional and environmental problems;
  • Refers patients or clients to appropriate community agencies;
  • Performs related work as required.

Employment Standards
Possession of a Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university which qualifies for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and two years of post graduate social work experience in the field of mental health.

Possession of a valid California license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as issued by the State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

Knowledge of:
  • The principles of psychiatric social work and psychotherapy;
  • Counseling, casework, and other techniques of psychiatric social work;
  • Social aspects of mental health and emotional disturbances;
  • Theory and practice of community mental health, or alcohol, or drug abuse interventions;
  • Community agencies and community resources serving the mentally ill, alcohol and drug abusers, and alcoholism;
  • Physical and mental illnesses and their impact on personality.
Ability to:
  • Effectively apply psychiatric social work theory and casework skills and psychotherapeutic interventions;
  • Do differential diagnosis;
  • Develop and implement a treatment program;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Secure and record accurate and pertinent social and personal data;
  • Effectively use psychiatric consultation.


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