Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$5,598.67 - $7,850.27 Monthly
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Job Number

Note: The job announcement was amended on October 9, 2016 to update the salary. 

The County of San Mateo Health System is seeking well-qualified individuals for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist-Adult Services-Spanish Speaking Required.

Clinicians will use evidence-based clinical case management and individual, group and family therapy. These interventions are provided in an office setting and/or in the community as needed to consumers who are living in the community.  Clinicians are committed to providing trauma informed recovery focused treatment that supports the clients' goals of independence and self-sufficiency with peer support. These positions embrace the challenge of providing simultaneous co-occurring treatment for both mental illness and substance use disorders; to work in an adult outpatient setting as a member of a multidisciplinary team in collaboration and within the system of care.  In addition, the positions involve outreach to underserved populations, primarily the Latino communities of San Mateo County.

The ideal candidates will possess:

  • A current license as either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist, or are collecting hours to take the licensing exam;
  • Solid clinical treatment, assessment, diagnostic and evaluation skills;
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis management and various treatment modalities;
  • Experience delivering services to adult consumers who have co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders;
  • Excellent documentation skills:  progress notes, assessments, client care plans, etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise, skill and interest in working with a broad range of clients of diverse cultures and backgrounds, and an ability to provide culturally appropriate and proficient services, including providing clinical services in Spanish; and
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with families, co-workers, other professionals, collaborative partners and the public.
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.

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform initial diagnostic evaluation noting behavioral symptoms which may indicate organic and/or mental disorders in children and in interpersonal/ family dysfunctions related to child and adult patients/clients.
  • Determine and develop appropriate treatment plans for all clients in the caseload.
  • 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.
  • Make client referrals and plan discharge procedures.
  • Assess progress of clients on a selected basis and propose modifications to rehabilitation plans in order to meet goals agreed upon by the clients/patients.
  • Prepare and maintain psychosocial case histories for use in diagnostic evaluations and of patient progress.
  • Provide outreach counseling and refer clients to appropriate mental health program service resources.
  • Collect and evaluate medical or psychosocial data such as case histories, behavior patterns and family relationships of patients/clients.
  • Analyze factors which exert an adverse effect upon health problems, treatment, or recovery, or which may contribute to or are responsible for mental illness or affect the potential for rehabilitation.
  • Conduct treatment groups in schools and other community settings with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children toward the goal of achieving higher functioning in interpersonal relationships and learning.
  • Work as a psychiatric team member with other treatment disciplines.
  • Conduct home visits.
  • Supervise graduate interns.
  • Provide consultation and education services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


PSW I - 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.

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

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

Security Clearance: Some positions may require 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 and Counseling or a closely related field.

Knowledge of:
  • Current philosophy, principles, and practices for services to clients with serious mental illness.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to 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 adults with various mental disabilities ranging from 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 psychiatric disability or emotional distress of patients/clients.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance to agencies, schools and other organizations.
  • Work collectively within a multi-disciplinary team.


Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County 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.  This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

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" 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:  CONTINUOUS

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

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (032216) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G035/G040/G120/G121)

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

Application Instructions

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