Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II (Open & Promo)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Aug 02, 2022
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $87,110.40 - $122,512.00 Annually USD

Job Description

San Mateo County Health is seeking well-qualified individuals for positions of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II. We anticipate using the list created from this recruitment to fill positions in Youth Services, Adult Services and Older Adult Services, and Correctional Health Services. We are in particular need of Extra-Help clinicians. Candidates may be considered for any vacancy throughout the County.

Correctional Health Services

(CHS), therapists provide clinical mental health services utilizing Trauma Informed Care to inmates with mental illness, serious mental illness or substance use disorders and/or co-occurring disorders of mental illness/serious mental illness and chemical dependency. They also provide case management services and discharge planning by interviewing inmate patients to assess mental health needs and formulating treatment plans. They function as a team member in a multi-disciplinary work setting where they collaborate with Sheriff's Office staff to manage inmate patients' daily activities. Some positions require weekend and evening hours.
Current CHS Vacancies:
Correctional Health has Full-time Regular, Unclassified and Extra-Help positions available.

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

(BHRS), provides a broad spectrum of Trauma Informed mental health and substance use services for children, youth, families, adults and older adults in the County of San Mateo County in the prevention, early intervention and treatment of mental illness, serious mental illness (SMI), and/or substance use disorders. We provide services through specialty teams, outpatient clinics in Daly City, San Mateo, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City and East Palo Alto, in school-based locations, and through a network of community agencies and independent providers who offer outpatient services, residential treatment, rehabilitation and other services for adults and children. We utilize Trauma Informed Care to support treatment of the whole person to achieve wellness and recovery, and to promote the health and well-being of the people, families and communities we serve.

Additionally for Residential Youth Treatment at Canyon Oaks Youth Center, Community Care Licensing requires providers working in this facility to maintain 40 hours of annual training related to the field, most of which are provided by the facility. Clinicians will also need to be trained in Professional Assault Crisis Training model (Pro-Act) upon hire.

Current BHRS Vacancies:
  • Extra-Help on the Access Call Center Utilization Management team (UM), and on the Access Call Center Team, These positions are 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday (largely remote with some in-person training required) in Belmont, CA, and do not provide clinical hours for licensing.
  • Full-time Extra-Help vacancy for Primary Care Interface working at South San Francisco Health Center and as youth therapist for Daly City Health Center (Bilingual Spanish Required).
  • One Full-time vacancy for (field-based) Adult Homeless Outreach (HEAL) Program to oversee the provision of medical, dental and behavioral health care and a range of supportive and enabling services for individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in San Mateo County (Bilingual Spanish Required).
  • Full-time Regular vacancy for Puente Clinic working with people with intellectual disabilities and severe mental illness, providing psychotherapy and case management.
  • Full-time Regular vacancy for Child Welfare Mental Health, providing field-based services to children ages 6-17 and their families, court ordered or voluntary Children & Family Services clients in schools or community of residence (Bilingual Spanish Required).
  • Full-time Regular vacancy for Coastside Youth Team, in Half Moon Bay, (Bilingual Spanish Required) .
  • Full-time Regular vacancy for Central County Youth Team, in San Mateo, (Bilingual Spanish Required) .
  • Full-time Extra-Help vacancy for North County Youth Team, Outpatient Clinic in Daly City.
  • Full-time Extra-Help vacancy for South County Youth Team, Outpatient Clinic in Redwood City.
  • Full-time Extra-Help vacancy for the Child Welfare Mental Health Unit.
  • Full-time Regular and Extra-Help vacancies for School-Based Mental Health (SBMH), and Therapeutic Day School (TDS) , in San Mateo/Foster City (Central) and Redwood City/East Palo Alto (South). One position is in a milieu/therapeutic classroom setting. Some of the positions are (Bilingual Spanish Required) .
  • Two Full-time Regular vacancies for Partners Prenatal to Three Program-(Spanish Speaking Required) and two Extra-Help vacancies.
  • One Full-time Regular vacancy and one Extra-Help vacancy for Youth Services Center - Juvenile Hall in San Mateo (Bilingual Spanish Required).
The ideal candidates will possess:
  • A current license as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Solid clinical treatment, assessment, diagnostic and evaluation skills;
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis management and various treatment modalities;
  • Experience providing treatment for adults and youth with serious mental illness;
  • Experience delivering services to adult and/or youth consumers who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders;
  • Experience delivering services in specialty areas for adults and older adults and/or infants, children, youth, adolescents and/or transitional age youth; Excellent documentation skills: progress notes, assessments, client care plans, etc.;
  • Demonstrated expertise, skill and interest in working with a broad range of clients of diverse cultures and backgrounds, such as Latino, Pacific Islander, African American, and LGBTQ, and an ability to provide culturally appropriate and proficient services;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families, co-workers, other professionals, collaborative partners and the public;
  • Extensive knowledge of available community resources within the County of San Mateo and its neighboring counties;
  • Experience using electronic health/medical record systems (e.g. AVATAR, SOARIAN)
  • Fluency in any of the threshold languages: Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin) or Russian; and experience providing clinical services using bilingual skills.
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation and responding to after-hours calls (Youth Services Center).
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation and responding to after-hours calls from Psychiatric Emergency Services (Youth Case Management).
Additionally, for Residential Youth Treatment:
  • Knowledge of the principles of Trauma Informed Care;
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary setting.
Additionally, for Correctional Health Services:
  • Experience working in a correctional facility;
  • Experience providing case management services for an inmate population;
  • Demonstrated ability in providing clinical mental health services to an adult population with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders of mental illness, serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

Psychiatric Social Worker I/Marriage & Family Therapist I:
$41.88 - $52.37 Hourly
$87,110.40 - $108,929.60 Annually

Psychiatric Social Worker II/Marriage & Family Therapist II:
$47.10 - $58.90 Hourly
$97,968.00 - $122,512.00 Annually

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform initial diagnostic evaluation noting behavioral symptoms which may indicate organic and/or mental disorders in children and in interpersonal/ family dysfunctions related to child and adult patients/clients.
  • Determine and develop appropriate treatment plans for all clients in the caseload.
  • Conduct individual, group and family counseling/therapy sessions for clients toward the goal of achieving more adequate, satisfying and productive adjustments in the community and provide case management services as appropriate.
  • Participate in developing individual and group treatment plans utilizing a variety of psychotherapeutic, psychosocial and psycho educational modalities.
  • Perform suicide/risk assessments
  • Conduct home visits and/or field-based services.
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Make client referrals and plan discharge procedures.
  • Assess progress of clients on a selected basis and propose modifications to rehabilitation plans in order to meet goals agreed upon by the clients/patients.
  • Prepare and maintain psychosocial case histories for use in diagnostic evaluations and of patient progress.
  • Supervise graduate interns.
  • Provide outreach counseling and refer clients to appropriate mental health program service resources.
  • Collect and evaluate medical or psychosocial data such as case histories, behavior patterns and family relationships of patients/clients.
  • Analyze factors which exert an adverse effect upon health problems, treatment, or recovery, or which may contribute to or are responsible for mental illness or affect the potential for rehabilitation.
  • Conduct treatment groups in schools and other community settings with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children toward the goal of achieving higher functioning in interpersonal relationships and learning.
  • Work as a psychiatric team member with other treatment disciplines.
  • Utilize Trauma Informed Care and other Evidence-based practices
  • Provide consultation and education services.
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation and responding to after-hours calls (Youth Services Center).
  • Ability to participate in an on-call rotation and responding to after-hours calls from Psychiatric Emergency Services ( Youth Case Managemen t).
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

  • Psychiatric Social Worker I: Registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Clinical Social Worker. An individual hired in this classification must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker issued by the State of California.
  • Psychiatric Social Worker II: Current California license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • Marriage & Family Therapist I: Registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. An individual hired in this classification must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.
  • Marriage & Family Therapist II: Current California license as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Security Clearance : Positions in Correctional Health require that the applicant obtain and maintain a security clearance as a condition of employment.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is a Master's degree in Social Work, Social Welfare or a closely related field.

Knowledge of:
  • Current philosophy, principles, Trauma Informed Care and other Evidence Based Practices for services to clients with serious mental illness.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults or youth.
  • Psychological diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Personality development from infancy through adulthood.
  • Human and health services systems in the County including private agencies and other community resources.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Provide treatment to adults, children or adolescents with various mental health issues ranging from serious mental illness to individuals with histories of trauma.
  • Set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment.
  • Evaluate the degree of mental health issues of clients.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations.
  • Work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team.

Psychiatric Social Worker I/II S pecial Requirements: Individuals in this classification assigned to an on-site school program are required to meet any specialized requirements (i.e., Pupil Personnel Services credential) as stipulated by federal and state laws and regulations.
Open & Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current employees of the County of San Mateo with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, Confidential and Management extra-help/limited term , and SEIU or AFSCME represented extra help/limited term positions prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination/selection process will consist of the steps detailed in order below.

The examination process will consist of an auto-scored relevant Training and Experience (T&E) evaluation based solely on the candidate's responses to the supplemental questions (weight: 100%). Candidates who pass the Training and Experience evaluation will be placed on an eligible list ranked according to the auto-scores. Candidates ranked within the top banded scores on the eligible list will be forwarded to the hiring department for departmental interviews. This interview process will be the basis for final selection. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Step 1: Initial review of application materials (weight: pass/fail). Applicants will be disqualified for submitting an incomplete application, incomplete responses to the supplemental questions, and/or not following instructions.
Step 2: Auto-scored Training and Experience Evaluation (weight: 100%). Applicants will be disqualified if they lack the relevant qualifications.
Step 3: Applicants passing Step 2 will be placed on the eligible list in the band ranked by score for a period of six months. Candidates will be referred to hiring managers for departmental interviews as vacancies occur that match applicants' background, experience, skills, and preferences, as indicated in the application.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (052521) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G040/G035/G120/G121)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map