Bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Marriage Family Therapist
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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This recruitment is being conducted to fill one anticipated Full-Time Bilingual vacancy in the Department of Health Services Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drug Services Division.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Marriage Family Therapists (MFT) provide recovery-oriented mental health interventions and related supportive services to seriously and persistently mentally ill adults and children/youth with serious emotional disturbances, and their families. Services are provided in various clinical settings which may include Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES), Jail Mental Health Services and other forensic settings, and multiple community-based and mobile treatment programs.

Our 24-hour programs (PES and Jail Mental Health) have shift requirements and work schedules that will vary according to the staffing needs of the program. Compensation would include premium pay in both of these program locations, including as applicable. 10% premium for detention facilities (jail), and shift differentials as defined in the applicable employee organization agreements.

Bilingual skills in Spanish/English at the Fluent (reading, writing, conversation) level are required. Note: Applicants who do not indicate that they possess this skill will not be considered for this recruitment. An examination will be conducted prior to employment to confirm the skill level in this area. Bilingual premium pay is $.90 per hour.
The employment list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future bilingual (Spanish/English) full-time, part-time, or extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. This vacancy may be filled at either the LCSW or MFT level.

Aplication submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.

Minimum Qualifications:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker:
The knowledge and abilities listed may be acquired through various types of training, education, and/or experience. A typical way to acquire the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education : Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work.

Experience : Some post-license experience in Mental Health is desirable.

Licenses : Possession of a valid Clinical Social Work license issued by the Board of Behavior Science Examiners, State of California.

Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Marriage Family Therapist:
The knowledge and abilities listed may be acquired through various types of training, education, and/or experience. A typical way to acquire the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education : Possession of a Master's degree or above from an accredited college or university in counseling, psychology, or a related field.

Licenses : Possession of a valid license as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) issued by the Board of Behavior Science Examiners, State of California.

Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Experience : Some post-license experience in mental health is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker:
Knowledge Of: individual, group and family psychodynamics as they relate to adults or children; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; personality development from infancy through adulthood; current principles and practices of psychiatric case work for adults or children; the human and health services systems in the community including private agencies and other community resources; methods used in individual, family and group therapies for adults as inpatients, outpatients and in day-treatment centers; psychosocial aspects and characteristics of mental and emotional disorders, terminology and medications; principles of mental health education, client and community advocacy and systems theory; client's legal rights; principles of clinical supervision.

Ability To : diagnose and treat either adults or children/adolescents with various mental disabilities ranging from dysfunctional behavior to victims of sexual or physical abuse; set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate patients/clients degree of mental disability or emotional distress; provide therapy services to adults or children individually and in groups; effectively communicate with mentally ill individuals to gather psychosocial histories and to provide therapeutic assistance to chronic, sub-acute, acute and difficult clients; develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of mentally and emotionally disturbed clients to secure pertinent information and to effectively deliver mental health services; establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, clients, their families, other agencies, their staffs and others who have an interest in mental health services; lead and train ancillary staff; analyze situations and make decisions; speak and write clearly.

Marriage Family Therapist:
Considerable Knowledge Of : principles and techniques of individual, family, child and group counseling; principles of crisis intervention, forensic services, school services and child abuse; the social aspects, characteristics, treatment and management of mental and emotional disorders; needs, problems and attitudes of mentally disturbed, socially or economically disadvantaged people, and minorities; the scope and activities of public and private health and welfare agencies; the principles of community mental health.

Knowledge Of: client's legal rights; principles and techniques of clinical supervision.

Ability To : develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of mentally and emotionally disturbed clients to secure pertinent information and to effectively deliver mental health services; establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and their families, departmental staff, and social agencies; supervise individual and group behavior and provide necessary support; lead and train support staff personnel; analyze situations accurately and make decisions; prepare clear, concise and comprehensive clinical and social case work records, analyze such information, and reach sound decisions on the basis of such information.

Selection Procedure:
Application Instructions : The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE MANDATORY SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.

Fluent English/Spanish Bilingual Proficiency Skills (i.e., reading, writing, and conversation) will be tested prior to appointment.

Background Information: A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.
How To Apply: Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at: http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1304
In an effort to mitigate the impact of budget reductions on the County workforce, the County of Sonoma implemented a Mandatory Time Off (MTO) Program of 5 days (40 hours) for the 2011/2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012). The amount of pay deducted for the unpaid furlough time is determined by the employee’s regularly allocated work schedule. In order to minimize the impact of the unpaid furlough on employees, deductions are being withheld and amortized each pay period from the date of hire through the end of the fiscal year in June 2012.

Employees hired after January 1, 2012, and prior to the end of the fiscal year in June 2012, will be required to take a prorated number of MTO hours during the fiscal year, to be determined based on their date of hire.
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HR Technician: KW

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