Job: Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II - Spanish Speaking Required (Open)

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Job Title:Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II - Spanish Speaking Required (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$5,598.67 - $7,850.27 Monthly
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
Note: This job announcement was amended on November 29, 2016 to update the salary.

The Human Services Agency (HSA), Children and Family Services Division is seeking three qualified Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage and Family Therapists I/II (PSW/MFT). PSW/MFTswill provide direct client services including individual, family, and group counseling, community support, and educational services to referred children and families. Direct client services include: Court ordered Therapeutic Visitation Services for Child Welfare families; In-Home Counseling Services for Child Welfare families; Prevention & Early Intervention Mental Health Services; Psycho-Social group services for children and adults in areas such as anger control techniques, depression, and parenting; and Community-based crisis response for suicides and major disasters. The incumbents will determine and develop appropriate treatment plans for all clients in the caseload; consistently collaborate with providers of other treatment disciplines; conduct individual, group and family counseling/therapy sessions for clients toward the goal of achieving more adequate, satisfying and productive adjustments in the community and provide case management services as appropriate; participate in developing individual and group treatment plans utilizing a variety of psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, and psycho educational modalities; and conduct home visits as needed.

The ideal candidates will possess:
  • Solid clinical assessment, diagnostic, and evaluation skills;
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, and various treatment modalities;
  • Excellent documentation skills: progress notes, assessments, client care plans, etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise, skill and interest with a broad range of clients of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and an ability to provide culturally appropriate and proficient services;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with adolescents, families, co-workers, other professionals, collaborative partners, and the public.
  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
PSW/MFT I: $5,277.90 - $6,238.15/month
PSW/MFT II: $5,919.22 - $6,997.33/month

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

Language Requirement: The ability to speak, read, and write fluently in both English and Spanish.

  • PSW I - current California registration as a Clinical Social Worker Associate (ASW) or 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.
  • PSW II - current California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or MFT II - current California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).
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 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, or temporary position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination will consist of a subject matter expert (SME) review of written application materials (weight: 100%).  Depending on the number of applicants, a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position. Because of this screening, all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of the examination process. Applicants passing the SME review / application screening will be placed on a list of eligible candidates and grouped by level of qualifications. The top level candidates will be the first group offered an opportunity to interview with the hiring department. Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations.  Each step of the recruitment process is conducted 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' button above. 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.

Tentative Recruiting Schedule
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.
Application Screening: C
Panel Interview: Continuous
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.
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
HR Contact: Christina Chan (102315) (PSW I/II and MFT I/II - G035/G040 G120/G121)


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