Company: County of Riverside
Location: la quinta
Posted on: May 3, 2021
ABOUT THE POSITION
Under supervision, performs a range of therapeutic assignments
related to the field of mental or behavioral health services and
psychiatric social work, which includes the design and
implementation of personalized treatment plans, individual and
group psychotherapy, evaluations and investigations, and
professional counseling, as applicable by professional licensing
law, in order to meet the needs of consumers or families with
mental or emotional disorders; and performs other related duties as
The Clinical Therapist I is the unlicensed entry level of the
Clinical Therapist series. This series includes the Marriage and
Family Therapist Registered Intern (MFTI), the Registered Associate
Clinical Social Worker (ASW), and the Professional Clinical
Counselor Registered Intern (PCCI). Through education and
supervised clinical experience on the job, incumbents in this
classification develop advanced diagnostic and treatment skills
while gaining qualifying experience for which state licensure is
The Clinical Therapist I is required to obtain a license issued
by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences to practice as
a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Professional Clinical
Counselor, or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist within six
years from the date of hire. Incumbents placed in this
classification prior to September 18, 2014 may obtain licensure
within eight years from the date of hire. The Clinical Therapist I
is a natural progression underfill for the class of Clinical
Therapist II. Incumbents will promote to Clinical Therapist II
after obtaining a satisfactory performance evaluation and upon
providing proof of licensure.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
- Interview consumers, relatives, and other involved persons to
gather personal and social data relevant to assessing mental or
- Develop service plans with consumers; evaluate psychological,
economic, vocational, educational, physical, health, socialization,
and housing needs.
- Coordinate with other staff members (psychiatrists,
psychologists, and other program staff) and community agencies in
carrying out and designing treatment or rehabilitation plans.
- Assist consumers and other concerned individuals in
understanding the nature of major psychological illnesses and their
- Assist consumers and their families in understanding and
choosing options of mental health treatment.
- Initiate and conduct individual, collateral, group, and family
- Establish and maintain effective contact with local area mental
health resources, including community members, parents, schools,
residential facilities, and other agencies/organizations.
- Perform specialized tasks including involuntary hospitalization
procedures (5150) and Tarasoff assessments.
- Participate in mental health conferences and local area
- Prepare reports and write correspondence.
- May provide guidance to volunteers and staff.
Education: Possession of a Master's degree from an accredited
college or university in clinical or counseling psychology, social
work, marriage and family therapy, or a closely related behavioral
science field, and accepted by the California State Board of
Behavioral Sciences for registration as an Associate Clinical
Social Worker, registration as a Professional Clinical Counselor
Intern, or registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
within a six-month time period from date of hire.
Certificate: Possession of, or eligibility for, a valid
certificate of registration as an Associate Clinical Social Worker,
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, or Professional Clinical
Counselor Intern issued by the California State Board of Behavioral
Sciences within six months from date of hire.
Candidates qualifying with the Professional Clinical Counselor
Intern option must have completed additional education and training
as defined below:
Six semester units or nine quarter units specifically focused on
the theory and application of marriage and family therapy; or a
named specialization or emphasis area on the qualifying degree in
marriage and family therapy; marital and family therapy; marriage,
family, and child counseling; or couple and family therapy;
No less than 500 hours of documented supervised experience
working directly with couples, families, or children; and
- A minimum of six hours of continuing education specific to
marriage and family therapy, completed in each license renewal
Knowledge of: Psychological aspects of physical and emotional
disturbances and mental deficiencies; characteristics of emotional
and mental disorders including their effect on the individual in
the community; mental health local community resources and
community support systems; principles of clinical interviewing and
methods of recording patient information.
Ability to: Effectively apply the principles and techniques of
clinical therapy, including a variety of treatment modalities;
analyze consumer behavior and apply treatment or counseling
techniques in a coordinated care social rehabilitation environment;
speak and write effectively; provide crisis intervention; prepare
clear and concise reports and interpret data; work effectively with
a multicultural consumer and family population with diverse
backgrounds and needs; establish and maintain effective working
relationships with consumers, their families, other staff members,
and mental health organizations/ agencies.
The County has a Veterans Preference Policy. Upload a copy of
your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating
dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability
(if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is
recommended that you remove your social security information from
the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the
materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference.
See the policyhere(Download PDF reader)(Download PDF Reader).
License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License is
necessary at the time of hire and must be maintained throughout
employment. County vehicles may be available but are not
guaranteed. Employees may be required to use their own vehicles for
field travel. Mileage reimbursement is available when using a
personal vehicle for County business.
Incumbents may be required to work in the field.
This recruitment is open to all applicants.
Applicants who are current County of Riverside employees and/or
current employees of the Department/Agency may be considered before
other applicants depending on the volume of applications
Applications received prior to the closing date will be
considered based on the information submitted. Changes or
alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be
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