Behavioral Health Clinician Intern

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Internship Public Health
  • Salary: $69,167.16 - $84,090.06 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Do you have a passion for helping others?
Join the Department of Health Services as a Behavioral Health Clinician Intern!

Starting Salary up to $40.29/hour plus a cash allowance of approximately $3.45/hour*

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services (DHS) seeksregistered professionals to fill multiplefull-time, part-time, and extra-help Behavioral Health Clinician Internpositions. These positions may also befilled by Behavioral Health Clinicians, for which there is a separate, concurrent recruitment.

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, and 12 paid holidays per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About the Positions

Behavioral Health Clinician Interns practice under the supervision of a program manager, and have the opportunity to receive additional training in diagnosing and treating clients. They provide recovery-oriented behavioral health interventions to adults, families, adolescents, and children. These services include individual and group counseling, case management, crisis intervention, and outreach. Behavioral Health Clinician Interns work in the following programs:adult outpatient programs, intake teams, teams focused on a specific geographic region, youth and family outpatient programs, community-based teams,the Crisis Stabilization Unit(CSU), the Mobile Support Team, forensic programs, or Hospital Liaison & Utilization Review.

The ideal candidates for these positions:
  • Work well as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Possess the ability to multi-task and set priorities independently and an understanding of whento seek supervision and consultation
  • Possess strong attention to detail
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Have prior recovery-focused professional experience with substance abuse disorder and/or mental health clients
  • Are currently registered as Medicare providers or willing to register upon appointment
About the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

The CSU's dedicated team of licensed mental health clinicians, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists provide crisis intervention, medication assessment, stabilization, and information and referral services 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for adults, children, and families experiencing a mental health crisis. The CSU provides up to 23-hours of supportive care, including medications for individuals in an acute mental health crisis. For those needing a higher level of care, voluntary crisis residential services or inpatient hospitalization are arranged.

Please visit the Behavioral Health Division's website for more information on its programs and services.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis.Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for aCounty contribution towardmedical coverage.

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU).
This employment list may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include possession of Master's degree or higher in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field.
Special Requirements:Valid, current registration with the State of California as either an Associate Clinical Social Worker, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, a Registered Psychological Assistant, OR a Registered Psychologist, OR a successor registration or licensure recognized as equivalent by the State of California.
Incumbents in this classification are expected to acquire sufficient knowledge and ability to pass the licensing examinations. Consequently, each employee is expected to successfully pass the licensing exam within three years. Failure to pass the licensing exams within three years and/or loss of State registration at any time may result in termination or reassignment, if such a vacancy exists and the incumbent meets the minimum requirements.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and techniques of individual, family, child, and group counseling; individual, group, and family psychodynamics; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; personality development from infancy through adulthood; current principles and practices of psychiatric case work; the scope and activities of human and health services systems in the community including private agencies and other community resources; various methods used in individual and group therapies; social aspects, characteristics, treatment, and management of mentally and/or emotionally disturbed individuals and their families; the needs, problems, and attitudes of mentally disturbed, socially, and economically disadvantaged people, and minorities; the principles of community mental health; the principles of crisis intervention, child sexual abuse treatment, forensic services, and school services; client's legal rights.
Ability to: set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate clients' degree of mental disability or emotional distress; develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of mentally and emotionally disturbed clients to secure pertinent information and to effectively deliver mental health services; establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, clients, and their families, supervisors, ancillary staff, social agencies, and others who have an interest in mental health issues; supervise individual and group behavior, and provide necessary support; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive clinical records; analyze such information and reach sound decisions on the basis of such information; communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement.Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: AC

Job Address

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