CalWORKs/Self-Sufficiency Mental Health Counselor - Licensed/Registered Intern (Bil. Spanish Pref.)

  • 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

The Mental Health Counselor - Licensed Preferred will be embedded within the Self Sufficiency Services Division (SSSD) of the Health and Human Services Agency. The position will be responsible for screening CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work (WTW) clients for mental health and alcohol and drug concerns and provide brief interventions as allowed by Welfare-to-Work and Mental Health regulations. The goal is to help WTW participants stabilize and develop healthy and appropriate coping skills to enable them to participate in the program, address barriers hindering them from reaching their employment and housing goals, and if beneficial and/or necessary, bridge them to more long-term mental health services. The Mental Health Counselor position will support integration efforts and is critical to meeting the needs of the Family Stabilization Program and improving WTW participation rates.

This position will be filled as a Mental Health Counselor - Licensed or Mental Health Counselor - Registered Intern, depending on qualifications.


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 for verification of possession of the required licenses and supplemental questions will be scored on a continuous basis.

3. Only the most qualified from the review of supplemental questions will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring department for further consideration

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.

Example of Duties

Conduct clinical and/or psychosocial assessments of CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work clients’ behavioral health needs that are impeding their ability to work; develop diagnosis and initial service plans to address these needs; provide short-term therapy and crisis interventions; build engagement with the clients as part of a multidisciplinary team; provide referrals and follow-up with clients to ensure they are accessing the resources; serve as a liaison between the SSSD and Napa County Behavioral Health Services as well as external mental health based service providers; employ best practices and strategies to assist participants in removing/reducing barriers to obtaining employment, and in some cases, housing; create and maintain accurate files, case notes, reports, correspondence, and other documentation, as required; and serve as a resource in program planning, evaluation, and policy and procedure development.



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.


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.


Work in an interdisciplinary office setting as well as in the field, client homes, 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


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.



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 - Registered Intern


Two years’ experience in a mental health setting providing direct services to mentally or emotionally disabled persons.


Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, clinical or counseling psychology, or a closely related field and registration by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as an Associate Clinical Social Worker or Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.

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.


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.

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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.

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


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

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