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

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Job Title:Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II-Correctional Health (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 07/25/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$32.30 - $45.29 Hourly
$2,584.00 - $3,623.20 Biweekly
$5,598.67 - $7,850.27 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
Note:  This recruitment schedule was amended on July 21, 2017 from a continuous recruitment to closing. The Final Closing Date will be July 25, 2017.

Note: This recruitment was amended on May 24, 2017 to reflect the current vacancy.

The San Mateo County Health System is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II-Correctional Health.  PSW/MFTs, under general supervision, 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 on the day shift, Monday through Friday, and works in Correctional Health Services in the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Maple Street Correctional Center, both located in Redwood City. 

This PSW/MFT position works in the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Maple Street Correctional Center, and provides clinical mental health services to inmates with serious mental illness. The person in this position with work closely with community behavioral health services, probation and the courts to assess inmates and assist with placement and wrap around services in the community. This position requires the ability to assess mental health needs and formulate treatment plans; 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.  Will 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;
  • 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 or co-occurring disorders of serious mental illness and chemical dependency; and
  • Working with a diverse multi-disciplinary team and inmate population.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
PSW/MFT I:  $5,599 - $6,999/month
PSW/MFT II:  $6,280 - $7,850/month

NOTEThe eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.  Unclassified positions are at-will and render services on a temporary basis for a specified project. Benefits are equal to classified employees in the same job classification, but are not covered by Civil Service Rules.

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. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' applications and responses to the supplemental questionnaire. 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" 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:  Continuous

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

The County of San Mateo will no longer 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 (041516) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G035/G040/G120/G121)

Keywords: Social Worker, Behavioral Health, LCSW, ASW, MFTI, MFT


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