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: This job announcement was amended on October 9, 2016 to update the salary.
The San Mateo County Health System's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist-Pre-to-Three-Spanish Speaking Required.  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 unclassified and in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Prenatal-to-Three Program. Position is located/based in San Mateo but requires travel throughout San Mateo County to conduct home visits, provide services and to attend meetings.

This 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.

Clinician will provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children 0-5 years of age and their mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Treatment can be provided by home visits as well as clinic based visits. Clinician will have working relationships with Public Health Nurses, Community Workers, and Psychiatrists.

The ideal candidate will have two or more years of Infant Parent Psychotherapy, knowledge of attachment issues and infant/child development and one year of home visiting experience. Also, one year of any of the following trainings: Child Trauma Institute/CTI, Circle of Security or Harris Program. Fluency in Spanish and English is required.

PSW/MFT I:  $5,599 - $6,999/month
PSW/MFT II:  $6,280 - $7,850/month

NOTE: The list created from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies, including classified, unclassified, full-time, part-time, temporary and extra-help assignments. Unclassified positions are at-will and not covered by the San Mateo County 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).

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; and 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; 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 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 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.

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 (060216) (Psychiatric Social Worker I/II-Marriage and Family Therapist I/II - G035/G040/G120/G121)

Keywords: Social Worker, Behavioral Health, LCSW, ASW, MFTI, MFT, Therapist, Spanish Speaking, Counselor, Clinician, Mental Health, Health System

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