Child Welfare Psychiatric Social Worker II - Spanish Speaking Preferred (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $92,352.00 - $115,460.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 14, 2020 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

Note: This job announcement has been amended on October 6, 2020 to extend the closing date to October 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Note: This job announcement has been amended on September 29, 2020 to extend the closing date to October 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Note: This job announcement has been amended on September 22, 2020 to extend the closing date to September 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Note: This job announcement has been amended on September 14, 2020 to extend the closing date to September 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Note: This job announcement has been amended on September 8, 2020 to extend the closing date to September 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

The County of San Mateo'sHuman Services Agency, Children and Family Services Branchis seeking well-qualified and motivated individuals for the position ofPsychiatric Social Worker (PSW).Under general supervision, PSWs providetherapeutic counseling and support services to children and families connected to the child welfare system and individual and group therapeutic counseling and case management services to clients having basic and/or severe emotional, family, and/or social adjustment problems.

Current vacancies include:
  • 2 vacancies in the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths/Child Family Team (CANS/CFT) assignment
  • 1 vacancy in the Foster Family Agency (FFA) assignment

The CANS/CFT PSW completes or assists in gathering information for the State required Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment for children and families involved in the child welfare system. This position works collaboratively with the CFS social worker and BHRS clinician to create a client-focused clinical needs and services plan. This role is also responsible for facilitating the Child and Family Team meetings to ensure that clients are actively involved in every aspect of their child welfare case, mental health treatment and service planning. In addition, this position may also provide short-term mental health and case management services to clients in the child welfare system.

The FFA PSW is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the mental health services for the children in the FFA therapeutic program; coordinating, facilitating, and creating the individual needs and services plans for the youth; providing therapeutic support services to the youth and resource parent; and developing and coordinating the monthly foster parent trainings. The FFA PSW also assists with the recruitment, admission, and retention of SMC FFA resource homes referred to the program.

CFS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are based on client need and availability. Staff may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

Theideal candidatewill possess:
  • Experience delivering behavioral health services to children exhibiting challenging behaviors due to trauma.
  • Solid clinical treatment, assessment, diagnostic and evaluation skills working with a youth population.
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis management, as well as trauma-informed child abuse treatment and other evidence-based practices.
  • Knowledge of the CANS tool and CFT practices.
  • Experience working with youth with complex issues involving abuse and neglect, trauma, behavioral health, and substance use. Experience facilitating collaborative meetings with clients and partners.
  • Experience conducting individual, group, and family therapy. Solid documentation skills:progress notes, assessments, needs and service plans, etc.
  • Experience providing field-based services.
  • Collaboration and coordination of services with other providers.
  • Experience working with multi-cultural clients and staff from a trauma-informed perspective, including ensuring services provided are culturally-relevant and involve the child and family's participation to nurture the child's well-being.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining effective work relationships.
  • Effectiveoral andwritten communication skills.


PSW/MFT II: $7,472.26 - $9,340.75/month

NOTE: The eligible listgenerated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified,and regular classifiedvacancies.

Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform initial comprehensive assessments including diagnostic evaluation, risk assessment, behavioral symptoms, level of care needs, family history, and other information necessary to determine treatment needs.
  • Work collaboratively with client or family to develop appropriate treatment plans for and modify plans on a quarterly basis.
  • Conduct home or school visits.
  • Provide individual, group and family counseling/therapy sessions, clinical case management, and outreach services for clients toward the fulfillment of their treatment goals and wellness and recovery.
  • Participate in developing individual and group treatment plans utilizing a variety of psychotherapeutic, psychosocial and psychoeducational modalities.
  • Provide linkage and referral to other county and community services.
  • Coordinate client transitions into services and discharges from treatment.
  • Complete progress notes for all services provided according to established documentation timeline.
  • Collect and evaluate medical or psychosocial data such as case histories, behavior patterns and family relationships of clients.
  • Work as a part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team. Provide consultation and education services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

  • PSW II - current California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • 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.
Open. Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application.

The examination process will consist of an application screening based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions.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 on the "Apply"button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

~Tentative Recruitment Dates~
Final Filing Date: Tuesday, TBD

Application Screening: TBD
Panel Interview: TBD

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 Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact:Arlene Cahill (08252020) (PSW II and MFT II - G035/G040 G120/G121)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map