Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$69,201.60 - $97,032.00 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Job Number

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on September 10, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The San Mateo County Health System's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II - Bilingual Spanish Required- Canyon Oaks Youth Center.  Psychiatric Social Workers/Marriage and Family Therapists, 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; provide individual and group therapeutic counseling and case management services to clients having basic and/or severe emotional, family, and/or social adjustment problems; and may supervise graduate interns.

The current vacancy is full-time at the Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC) located at 400 Edmonds Road, Redwood City, CA, 94062. 

This Clinician will be focused on recovery for adolescent clients with co-occurring issues of mental illness and substance use disorder; will provide assessment and individual therapy, as needed; complete required County documentation, in compliance with Medi-Cal and/or Special Education requirements; plan, create, and implement co-occurring/psycho-education groups for the youth; provide mental health consultation to the Residential Counselors who are working with the residents within the milieu, and to the teachers working with the residents in the on-site school; occasionally transport clients to various destinations on, such as field trips and off-site appointments; provide basic care and supervision to clients, as needed on an emergent basis, when called upon; and participate, on occasion, as a team member in the physical containment of self-harming and/or assaultive clients, as the situation demands.

The position is flexibly scheduled within a 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday as the expectation is that incumbent will accommodate the needs of client families and therefore conduct sessions outside of business hours one to two evenings per week. 

The ideal candidate for the Canyon Oaks Youth Center Therapist position will have direct experience working as a therapist in an adolescent residential treatment setting; extensive experience with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance use; and experience working with a variety of interagency partners and is successful at fostering collaborative relationships with our referral agencies and adjunctive service providers so that the mutual needs of the client and interagency partners are met in all aspects of service planning and provision.  Additionally, will have flexibility and ability to be responsive to the scheduling needs of our client families; the ability to tolerate and manage the stress of working with clients who are at times physically threatening and verbally abusive, while maintaining a therapeutic stance with the client; strong written and verbal communication skills; experience and enjoyment in working within a large and diverse multi-disciplinary team requiring a high-level of communication and coordination with fellow staff members.  Due to the nature of our clients' presenting problems and the needs of our various interagency partners, a Canyon Oaks Therapist must be comfortable with "expecting the unexpected" and readily shifting priorities as the situation calls for.

IMPORTANT: (COYC) is a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program and by law, requires employees to obtain and maintain security clearance and be bondable. Any prior criminal conviction since your 18th birthday (excluding marijuana-related offenses that are older than two years as listed in the California Labor Code 432.8) will result in a denial of your security clearance by the Community Care Licensing agency. While in some circumstances an employer may obtain a waiver of conviction from the licensing agency, Behavioral Health has a policy against obtaining such waivers/exemptions for perspective employees. In addition, Behavioral Health will not accept such waivers/exemptions obtained from the licensing agency by applicants in any other manner.  Community Care Licensing also requires providers working in this facility to maintain 40 hours of annual training related to the field, most of which are provided by the facility. Clinicians will also need to be trained in Professional Assault Crisis Training model (Pro-Act) upon hire.

Psychiatric Social Worker I is the trainee level class in this series. Initially under immediate supervision, incumbents perform routine duties while working to achieve their State licensure. This class is flexibly staffed with Psychiatric Social Worker II and incumbents are expected to advance to the higher level after gaining experience, demonstrating the required proficiency and acquiring the necessary State licensure.

Psychiatric Social Worker II is the journey level class in this series. Under general supervision, incumbents provide specialized psychiatric casework counseling and therapy services to children and adolescents or seriously mentally ill adults in community or inpatient settings. Employees are expected to exercise independent judgment based on their professional training and provide direction and assistance to PSWs I and graduate interns.

$33.27 - $41.59 Hourly
$2,661.60 - $3,327.20 Biweekly
$5,766.80 - $7,208.93 Monthly
$69,201.60 - $86,507.20 Annually

$37.32 - $46.65 Hourly
$2,985.60 - $3,732.00 Biweekly
$6,468.80 - $8,086.00 Monthly
$77,625.60 - $97,032.00 Annually

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

  • Conduct home visits.
  • 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.
  • Supervise graduate interns.
  • 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.
  • Provide consultation and education services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Security Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.


  • Psychiatric Social Worker I: Registration with the Board of Behavioral Examiners as an intern. An individual hired in this classification must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Clinical Social Worker issued by the State of California within three years of appointment.
  • Psychiatric Social Worker II: Current California license as a Clinical Social Worker.
  • MFT I: Registration with the Board of Behavioral Examiners as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern. An individual hired in this classification must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.
  • MFT II: California license as Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).

Education and ExperienceAny 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 serious mental illness.
  • Individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults or children.
  • 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, children or adolescents 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 mental 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.


Open and Promotional. 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. 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 will consist of an 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 a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application materials. Because of this screening process, all applicants meeting 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.

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.

Final Filing Date: 
Application Screening:  TBD
Panel/Department Interviews:  TBD

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.

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

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. 

The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Analyst: Carolyn Burns (082818) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II & Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G040, G035, G121, G120)

Keywords: social worker, youth services, behavioral health, residential treatment, crisis residential.

Application Instructions

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