Mental Health Counselor- Licensed/Registered Intern (Older Adult Mental Health)

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Human and Social Services Internship Legal Services Public Health
  • Salary: $93,974.40 - $116,251.20 Annually USD

Job Description

The Napa Valley
The Napa Valley - Internationally known for its fine wines exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.
Napa County as an Employer
The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

The Position
There is one vacancy for a Mental Health Counselor - Licensed/Registered Intern position that will work directly within the Older Adult Mental Health Unit and will perform duties related to assessing client mental health needs and treatment planning, as well as monitoring clients in placement and travel to facilities outside of Napa County. The caseload primarily consists of conserved older adults who need intensive case management. This is a great opportunity for a licensed clinician or experienced intern who is interested in working in the field and providing front line services to the most vulnerable elderly and disabled clients.

SALARY:

Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Associate
$45.18 - $ 53.87 Hourly
$3,614.40 - $4,309.60 Biweekly
$7,831.20 - $9,337.46 Monthly
$93,974.40 - $112,049.60 Annually

Mental Health Counselor - Licensed
$46.79 - $55.89 Hourly
$3,743.20 - $4,471.20 Biweekly
$8,110.26 - $9,687.60 Monthly
$97,323.20 - $116,251.20 Annually

The Recruitment Process:

1. Applications will be accepted on-line on a continuous basis until the current vacancy is filled.
2. Applications will be reviewed as they are received for verification of possession of one of the required licenses. Candidates who possess one of the required licenses will have their supplemental questions scored on a flow basis until the current vacancy is filled.

3. Only the most qualified candidates from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview on a flow basis until the current vacancy is filled. Only the most qualified candidates from the Oral Panel Interviews will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring manager for consideration for the position.

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to the recruitment process and schedule at any time.

Example of Duties
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Prepare assessments including diagnoses, determining an individual's developmental, medical, personal, social, emotional, behavioral and substance use/abuse history; determining mental health status and any acute and/or chronic mental health needs that meet medical necessity for mental health services; assess for level of danger to self or others and refer for crisis services when appropriate; work collaboratively with individuals, placement facilities and families to facilitate a client determined plan of care including specific goals and objectives; provide clinical casework services to individuals including case management, making appropriate referrals for agency and community based services, housing and other supports for activities of daily living; conduct individual, dyadic, family or group therapy, and other clinically directed mental health services in the various Health and Human Services programs; provide crisis intervention and supportive individual counseling on issues related to specific mental health conditions and mental health treatment, understanding medication management, substance abuse, co-morbid conditions, etc.; interpret and explain to clients, relatives, support persons and community groups the social and emotional factors pertaining to mental illness, how behaviors may be related to mental illness and how wellness may be supported; interpret, evaluate and apply modern evidence based and other methods of alleviating emotional and behavioral challenges; use outcome measures to track effectiveness of treatment efforts; maintain contacts with agencies and community groups dealing with developmental, social, emotional, educational, health, substance abuse, adult protective services and legal/probation issues; prepare reports, correspondence, outcome surveys and maintain timely documentation including: assessments, diagnoses, wellness and recovery plans, treatment progress notes, progress reports, discharge summaries, incident reports and other data. Present information to the court when necessary for clients who are conserved or in the process of conservatorship.

Typical Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE OF:

Principles, practices, techniques, trends and literature of clinical interviewing, casework, diagnosis and assessment, wellness and recovery, and client directed care.

Theories, principles and techniques of individual, dyadic, family and group counseling and therapy, and other clinical methodologies appropriate for treatment of targeted populations, including evidence based practices.

Techniques of evaluating and modifying behavior.

Planning, development and implementation of comprehensive client directed wellness plans.

Culturally specific/effective approaches to working with diverse cultural populations.

Report preparation and case documentation.

Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations governing mental health, substance abuse, child abuse and elder abuse.

Public and private health, mental health substance abuse and social services community resources.

SKILL TO:

Conduct accurate and thorough interviews, which involve assessing client status, history, chemical dependency and related mental health information.

Prepare diagnosis and assessments of mental and emotional disorders.

Formulate, implement and monitor casework treatment plans.

Conduct individual, dyadic, family and group counseling (psychotherapy) and other clinically base mental health services.

Collect, interpret and utilize feedback data to maximize effectiveness of services.

Prepare complex and detailed reports and maintain the reports.

Understand, interpret and apply complex mental health technical materials and applicable laws, codes and regulations.

Make appropriate referrals to other providers for mental health services.

Understand impact of cultural, gender, socio-economic status and trauma on the manifestation of emotional distress, mental illness and maladaptive behaviors.

Engage and collaborate effectively with individuals of various ages and socio-economic backgrounds, cultural groups and those with physical, behavioral and/or emotional challenges.

Establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, children, community and agency representatives, County employees and the public.

ABILITY TO:

Work in a standard office setting as well as in the field, client homes, out of county board and care, as well as locked treatment programs, etc.

Use repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including using a computer keyboard.

Communicate verbally and in writing, in English, to exchange information.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:

Mental Health Counselor - Licensed

Experience:
Two years supervised experience in a mental health setting providing direct services to mentally or emotionally disabled persons, including dual diagnosis and addiction concerns for those assigned to the substance abuse setting.

AND

Education:
Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, clinical or counseling psychology, or a closely related field.

Required License:
Current license by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as either a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or **Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); OR Current license by the State of California as a Licensed Psychologist.

Loss of the required State license may result in termination or reassignment.

**Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) must include the additional training and education to treat couples or families, as required under BPC section 4999.20(a)(3)(A).***

Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Intern
Experience:
Two years experience in the provision of mental health counseling services.

Education:
Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in social work, Marriage and Family Counseling, clinical psychology, counseling, or a closely related field and registration by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.

License or Certificate:*
Incumbent in this position is expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to assignments and hours worked, public transportation may not be an efficient method for traveling to required locations. Individuals appointed will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License while employed.

ADA ACCOMMODATION
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

PUBLIC SERVICES EMPLOYEES BENEFITS INFORMATION

SALARY -
Salaries are based on a five-step range. Appointments are usually made at the beginning step with advances occurring at six months and the completion of each year thereafter. Salary rates are reviewed annually.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS INFO -
Click here for additional benefits information forPublic ServicesEmployees:
https://www.countyofnapa.org/DocumentCenter/View/25886/Benefits-Summary---Public-Service-Employee-PSE

THESE BENEFITS DO NOT APPLY TO EXTRA HELP POSITIONS

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

PHYSICAL STANDARDS -
Certain designated County positions require a candidate to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

FINGERPRINTING -
All employees hired into allocated positions or extra help positions will be fingerprinted.

SELECTION PROCESS -

FOR POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT - The selection process will include an oral board interview, psychological assessment, background investigation, and a pre-employment physical exam.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions

Continuous

Job Address

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