Job: Choices Program Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II-Correctional Health (Open

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Job Title:Choices Program Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II-Correctional Health (Open
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 08/14/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$36.23 - $45.29 Hourly
$2,898.40 - $3,623.20 Biweekly
$6,279.87 - $7,850.27 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The County of San Mateo Health System is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Choices Program Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II-Correctional Health.  PSW/MFTs provide specialized psychiatric casework counseling and therapy services to either children and adolescents or seriously mentally ill adults in community or inpatient settings; and supervise graduate interns.

The current vacancy is in the Choices Program in Correctional Health Services and works in the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Maple Street Correctional Center, both located in Redwood City, and will travel between the two facilities.

The Choices Program is a chemical dependency treatment program for incarcerated adults. The Program provides substance abuse education, parenting skills and domestic violence prevention training, and helps inmates move from jail to community treatment programs.

This Choices Program PSW/MFT will utilize their working knowledge of the therapeutic community model (i.e. Delancey Street Foundation) and evidence-based  Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment; apply their understanding of abstinence-based recovery model, particularly those applicable to co-occurring disorders; facilitate psycho-education/psychotherapeutic groups with an emphasis on teaching emotional regulation skills and communication; work collaboratively with Choices Manager, AOD counselors and community-based partners; and provide clinical case management and referrals to treatment programs and community-based services when appropriate.  Occasional evening shifts may be necessary to facilitate groups.
This clinician provides clinical mental health services to inmates with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders of serious mental illness and substance use disorder. This clinician will work primarily in the Choices Program, reports directly to the Choices Program Manager, and will receive clinical supervision from a clinical supervisor.  This clinician works closely with community behavioral health services, parole, probation, parole and the courts to assess inmates and assist with placement and wrap around services in the community.
This clinician will assess mental health needs and formulate treatment plans;  triage and provide crises intervention; exercise good judgment and tact when interacting with inmate patients and other service providers; relate and communicate effectively with inmate patients and others from the diverse multi-cultural community served; function as a team member in a multi-disciplinary work setting; work independently and as a team member; and collaborate with Sheriff's Office staff to manage inmate patients' daily activities; work with various professionals involved with the court system, including probation officers, attorneys, case managers and other treatment providers; and develop treatment plans for seriously mentally ill inmates.
The ideal candidates will have:
  • A license as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist;
  • Demonstrated ability in providing clinical mental health services to an adult population with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders of serious mental illness and substance use disorder;
  • Experience working in a correctional facility;
  • Experience providing case management services for an inmate population;
  • Working with a diverse multi-disciplinary team and inmate population.
  • A thorough understanding of the therapeutic community model; and
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
PSW/MFT I:  $5,599 - $6,999/month
PSW/MFT II:  $6,280 - $7,850/month

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

current California registration as a Clinical Social Worker Associate (ASW). MFT I - current California Registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern (IMF). Individuals hired in these classifications must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of California.

current California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). MFT II - current California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

Security Clearance: This position requires 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, and practices for services to clients with emotional disturbance or serious mental illness; individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to children or adults; 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 children, adolescents or adults with various mental health disabilities ranging from emotional disturbance or serious mental illness to dysfunctional behavior patterns, including victims of sexual or physical abuse; set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate the degree of mental disability or emotional distress of patients/clients; provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations; work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Anyone may apply. 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 process will consist of [an application screening (weight:  pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight:  100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. 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.

Final Filing Date:  August 14, 2017
Application Screening:  August 16, 2017
Combined Panel/Departmental Interviews:  September 6 and/or 7, 2017

The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days.  Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.
Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (073117) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G035/G040/G120/G121)


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