Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$69,201.60 - $86,507.20 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
Job Number
9/24/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

The County of San Mateo Health System's Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Division is seeking a well-qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II-Partners for Safe & Healthy Children Program.  Psychiatric Social Workers/Marriage & Family Therapists, under general supervision, provide specialized psychiatric casework counseling and therapy services to either children and adolescents or seriously mentally ill adults in the 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 Partners for Safe and Healthy Children Program Clinician will work with infants and young children 0-5 years of age; conduct infant assessments using the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood:  Revised Edition; conduct child, and adult assessments; provide treatment in various modalities such as dyad, individual play, individual and group therapies.

This clinician will provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children 0-5 years of age and their caregivers who have been referred from Children and Family Services; will work with children 0-5 years of age whose families have issues with alcohol and other drugs (AOD); will provide court reports; and testify in court cases as needed.  Treatment is provided by home visits as well as clinic based visits.  The clinician will have working relationships with Child Protective Services (CPS) Social Worker, Foster Parents, and family members.

The ideal candidate will have experience:

  • Working with infants and young children 0-5 years of age
  • Providing Infant Parent Psychotherapy
  • Working with families involved with CPS
  • Working with families that have alcohol and other drug issues
  • Home visiting experience
  • Working with a culturally diverse client population
  • Using their bilingual Spanish speaking skills providing services (if Spanish speaking)
The current vacancy is for Full-Time in the Prenatal to Three Unit's Partners for Safe and Healthy Children Program.  The position is located/based in San Mateo but requires travel throughout San Mateo County to conduct home visits, provide services, for court and to attend meetings.

PSW/MFT I: $5,766.80 - $7,208.93/month
PSW/MFT II: $6,468.80 - $8,086.00/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:

  • 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.



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.

Marriage & Family Therapist 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.
Marriage & Family Therapist II: California license as 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 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.

Special Requirements: Individuals in this classification assigned to an on-site school program are required to meet any specialized requirements (i.e., Pupil Personnel Services credential) as stipulated by federal and state laws and regulations.


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.

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:  September 24, 2018
Applications Screening:  September 25, 2018
Panel Interview:  October 2, 2018

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.

HR Contact: Carolyn Burns (090318) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G035/G040/G120/G121)

Keywords: Social Worker, Behavioral Health, LCSW, ASW, MFTI, AMFT, MFT, Therapist, Counselor, Clinician, Mental Health, Health System, Infant, Youth, Clinician, CPS

Application Instructions

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