Under general supervision, has responsibility for a psychiatric caseload involving children and/or adults; performs psychotherapeutic counseling, including individual, group, family and other approved techniques; provides outreach and emergency services and counseling in crisis situations; performs related work as assigned.
Mental Health Clinician I: This is the first working level in this professional class. Incumbents are assigned mental health casework which will broaden and deepen their professional experience in diagnosis, group and individual therapy. This class is alternately staffed with Mental Health Clinician II and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meets the qualifications of the higher level class. (Note: Incumbents may only remain in this class up to the equivalent of six full-time years following intern registration.) Mental Health Clinician II: This is the experienced level, fully competent to perform psychotherapeutic support and effective out-patient long-term or crisis situations. Incumbents are also expected to provide supervision for interns completing internships within the County Mental Health Department.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Evaluates patients in a variety of out- and in-patient settings, including field situations; obtains patient history, completes mental status exam, and develops treatment plans.
Provides on-going psychotherapy in short term out-patient and longer term day treatment environment; makes necessary referrals for patients as needs dictate.
Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team providing critical clinical input related to patient diagnosis and recommended treatment plans; participates in case conferences and consults with psychiatric staff to review patient cases and medication issues.
Evaluates patients for voluntary and involuntary commitment; signs commitments for clients requiring hospitalization.
Provides direction, training and chart auditing for assigned student interns; participates in staff/intern training and quality assurance/peer review functions.
Performs detailed patient record documentation and maintains caseload records; prepares intake and discharge summaries, progress notes and treatment reviews.
Provides courtroom testimony and consultation to school and adult programs as required; performs program planning to develop and implement services appropriate to assisting both adult and children psychiatric patients.
May serve as case coordinator for assigned patients or clients.
Consults with and serves as a liaison with community agencies, schools personnel, parents, and other mental health programs and services to evaluate community health needs and services; educates on needs of specific patient or segment of mental health patient population; advocates for patients.
May serve as the director of social services for the in-patient health facility.
Principles and practices of community mental health treatment, including interviewing, assessment, individual, family and group counseling.
General psychiatric emergency intervention, diagnosis and brief and long-term therapy methods.
Principles of adult and child psychology.
Laws and regulations related to patient's rights, voluntary or involuntary treatment and commitment for treatment including criteria for commitment.
Community resources and agencies providing support services for the mentally ill or disabled.
Medical recordkeeping and documentation including patient charting.
Medi-cal regulations and documentation for medical necessity.
Basic principles of supervision and training.
Assessing client mental status and making accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans.
Analyzing crisis situations in a prompt and concise manner to facilitate appropriate treatment and referrals.
Conducting mental health education and training programs.
Evaluating patients for medication referrals.
Presenting patient history and behavioral impressions to psychiatrist for further review.
Preparing detailed case summaries and documentation and maintaining accurate patient records in compliance with local, state and federal rules and regulations.
Protecting patient's rights and providing advocacy for the mentally ill.
Coordinating emergency psychiatric support service efforts with appropriate county, community, school, hospital, and other involved agencies.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other therapists, county staff, schools, referral agencies, physicians and the public.
Utilizing the most current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for performing diagnosis on all five axies.
Providing direction and training.Specified positions may require the possession of a valid California driver's license. Mental Health Clinician II: (Monthly Salary $4,984.55 - $6,396.30) Must possess an appropriate license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist or Clinical Psychologist in the State of California.Specified positions may be limited to candidates who are registered as an intern for, or in possession of, a license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with written confirmation from the Board of Behavioral Sciences stating that they meet the requirements to assess and treat couples and families.
Mental Health Clinician I: (Monthly Salary $4,291.85 - $5,507.41)Must possess a valid intern registration number from the State Board of Behavioral Examiners or be eligible to work as a Registered Psychologist in accordance with the requirements of the State Board of Psychology.
Selection Procedure The County's Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job. Jobs are filled through competitive examinations. A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts. Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination, or an evaluation of education and experience.Policy of Nondiscrimination The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance. The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.
How to Apply A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for. Applications may only be submitted online through the County's automated application system at http://www.humboldtgov.org/hr no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer. All applications are screened by subject matter experts. The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing. It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess.
Internal Number: 1800024
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