Psychiatric Social Worker I - Trainee

  • Monterey County Human Resources
  • Salinas, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $5,297.00 - $7,235.00 Monthly USD Monthly
  • Salary Top: 7235 USD Monthly

Job Description

Position Description

Open Date: March 22, 2021
Final Filing Date: Continuous
Exam # 21/60B01T/03KK

The Monterey County Health Department, Behavioral Health Bureau is seeking enthusiastic candidates to work as part of a medical care team with children, youth and adults as a Psychiatric Social Worker I - Trainee.

The Behavioral Health Bureau is a progressive agency that serves children, youth, adults and their families with System of Care values of being community based, culturally relevant, client and family centered and using evidence based practices to support clients in the wellness and recovery of their mental illness.

Children's System of Care provides an array of clinical services from birth to 25 years of age and their families. Clinical teams include Early Childhood Services, Transitional Age Youth, Post Hospitalization Support, as well clinical teams that partner with Child Welfare, Education and Juvenile Probation.

Adult System of Care provides a wide range of comprehensive integrated care to adults with serious mental illness, co-occurring substance use, primary care and other complex issues. Embracing the values and goals of wellness and recovery, the multi-disciplinary teams work together to provide the following types of services; i.e. psycho-social rehabilitation, strength-based case management, crisis intervention, supported employment, supported housing, substance use recovery, family support and community integration. Clinical teams include outpatient care coordination in Marina and Salinas, Forensic Service, Collaborative Courts, Mobile Crisis and Acute Psychiatry Unit.

Access to Treatment provides an array of clinical services for all ages and their families. Clinical services include assessment, intervention, individual and group services. Linkage and referral to community resources and Children and Adult systems of care.

Crisis Team: The ED Crisis Team is responsible for psychiatric evaluations of clients in the Emergency Department and assisting to determine the appropriate level of care for those patients; which may include evaluation for involuntary holds (5150), outpatient treatment, and/or placement in another facility.

As a member of a psychiatric team, this position will assist and participate in interviewing clients and families, compile social case histories, participate in diagnostic and evaluative staff conferences, prepare reports, interpret and explain factors pertaining to mental illness, provide case management services and work collaboratively with a variety of community, county and state agencies.

Candidates appointed to the Psychiatric Social Worker I - Trainee level may be promoted to the Psychiatric Social Worker I level upon meeting the employment standards for the higher job class which includes receiving their Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) number, Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) number, or Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) number issued by the California State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, within six months of hire.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process will be used to fill current and future vacancies, both regular and temporary, as they arise.

Examples of Duties

Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Current philosophy, principles, and evidence-based practices for services to consumers with serious mental or emotional disturbance.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults or children,
  • Psychiatric diagnostic methods and terminology.
  • Personality and human development from infancy through adulthood.
  • Public Mental Health Policy and Welfare and Institutions codes that provides guidelines for human and health services systems in the County.
  • Community Resources available to consumers for linkage.

Skill and Ability to:
  • Provide treatments to adults, children or adolescents with various mental disabilities ranging from serious mental illness to dysfunctional behavior patterns including victims of sexual and physical abuse.
  • In conjunction with the consumer, develop realistic, attainable and measurable service plans and facilitate their attainment.
  • Evaluate the degree of community functioning or emotional distress of consumers.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing and able to complete work using electronic format.
  • Ensure time sensitive documentation submitted within established guidelines.
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team.

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:
  • Demonstrate cultural humility
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of mental health disorders and treatment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of substance use disorders and treatment
  • Knowledge of DSM 5 Diagnosis
  • Knowledge of mental health and substance use interventions
  • Develop and maintain positive partnerships within the agency and in the community
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners
  • Commitment to integrity, respect, innovation, health equity, and excellence

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

The skills necessary may be acquired through various types of education, training, and/or experience, typically:

At time of application:
Possession, or ability to obtain within three months, a Master's Degree from an accredited school of social work
Possession (or obtain within three months) a Master's Degree which qualifies for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the California State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

At time of hire:
Possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited school of social work
Possession of a Master's Degree which qualifies for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the California State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

Required Conditions of Employment:
  • The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record or ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.

For complete information see the class specification/job description on our website at:

Additional Information

TO APPLY : Submit the following to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906:
  • Monterey County Employment Application form
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions

Or apply on-line at

Please be aware if the application form and responses to supplemental questions are not submitted timely with other required application materials, the application will be removed from further consideration.

Resumes may be submitted in addition to, but will not be accepted in lieu of, required application materials .

Application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the process. To further assess applicant's possession of required qualifications, this examination may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination.

For more information or to receive application materials, contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at 831-755-4519.

  • If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodations, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at 831-755-4519.
  • Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.
  • If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed below.

The County offers an excellent benefits package (Unit K)
The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package that includes 22 days of annual leave; 11 paid public holidays per year; health, dental, vision; life insurance; and CalPERS retirement. For more benefits information please contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at 831-755-4519

See the Unit K Benefit Summary sheet at for more information.

The information listed above is a general summary of benefits for this position. This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution and any applicable Memoranda of Understanding prevail over this listing.

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Human Resources Analyst at (831) 755-4502.

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Job Address

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