Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 14, 2020
to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The County of San Mateo's Human Services Agency, Children and
Family Services Branch is seeking well-qualified and motivated
individuals for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW).
Under general supervision, PSWs provide therapeutic 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
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.
The ideal candidate will 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
PSW/MFT II: $7,472.26 - $9,340.75/month
NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be
used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular
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
- Work collaboratively with client or family to develop
appropriate treatment plans for and modify plans on a quarterly
- 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
- Provide linkage and referral to other county and community
- Coordinate client transitions into services and discharges from
- 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
- 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
- MFT II - current California license as a Marriage and Family
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
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. Application/Examination
Open. Anyone may apply. Responses to the supplemental questions
must be submitted in addition to our regular employment
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 https://jobs.smcgov.org/ 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 -