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Mental Health Clinician-CSF

Under the supervision of the Community Services for Families Program Supervisor, the Family Support Clinician will provide assessment services for CSF families with children 0-5 and have domestic violence as the reason for the referral. Assessment services may include every family member (parents and/or children) living in the home and will be conducted in the family home or at other locations as directed by client or County CWS staff.

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Specific Activities
  • Provides culturally competent, trauma informed assessment services for CSF families referred by County Child Welfare Services staff. Initial referrals may be relayed verbally or in writing.
  • Provide assessments within 72 clock hours of receipt of referral, or sooner if requested by the County Supervisor.
  • Prioritize cases by case type in the order stated in the CSF Statement of Work, and by those that require immediate services.
  • Conduct assessments in the family’s home, jails, shelters, or other locations as directed by County CWS staff.
  • Evaluate all members of the family living in the home for domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, trauma, and other significant needs.
  • Make recommendations on the basis of assessment findings for preventive or treatment services to mitigate exposure to trauma (for children) and to mitigate/treat issues negatively impacting child safety (for parent/caregivers).
  • Provide initial recommendations for treatment, mental health and/or other services to County staff within 72 clock hours of assessment.
  • Complete and submit a written follow up written report of assessment findings to County CWS staff within 5 business days including assessment tools used, outcomes for each family member, type and level of services recommended, likelihood of a successful treatment outcomes, formal and informal interventions to strengthen family functioning to ensure child safety, prevention services to mitigate future effects of current child trauma, Family Centered Meetings attended, CSF referrals, and other information.
  • Refers clients back to the CSW Manager if they decline or discontinue FSC services prior to completing case plan goals or if new issues arise.
  • Participates in Family Centered Meetings to discuss client progress in services and support them in achieving their case plan goals.
  • Participates in Multi-Disciplinary Teams with County staff as needed.
  • Participates in CSF countywide peer review process to discuss service delivery and improve upon best practices.
  • Maintains ongoing communication with the CSF team to ensure quality of service delivery.
  • Maintains detailed case files and documentation utilizing County approved forms and formats.
  • Produces monthly reports of activities and submits to the CSF Supervisor.
  • Remains culturally sensitive and respectful in all client and staff interactions.
  • Participates in required staff meetings, collaborative meetings, training, County meetings and trainings, supervision, QA processes, and all other meetings and events as requested.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.
Licensed LCSW, MFT or MSW, or license eligible by the California Board of Behavioral Science plus 2 years of related experience in direct client service. Bilingual (Spanish) Preferred.  Training in and mastery of family systems theory such as Structural Family Therapy and application of diagnostic criteria.Strong skills in interviewing, rapport building, and assessment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:  
Possesses advanced knowledge that is primarily intellectual in character and includes exercising discretion and independent judgment
Establish and maintains effective working relationships while showing open mindedness and a collaborative spirit. Compatibility with agency purpose, goals, philosophy, and approach. Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for their work. Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving. Interactions with others reflect a spirit of honesty, humbleness, and self-awareness. Accepts constructive criticism with a positive attitude and willingness to implement change. Ability to work well independently and demonstrate appropriate initiative. Must demonstrate knowledge of trauma Informed, client driven, and culturally competent care. 
Other Requirements
Reliable transportation. Must have a California driver license and good driving record. Willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.
Compensation and Benefits
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  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (14 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy
Pay Range Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills. EEO.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Travel is required to the schools /client homes. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee may be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer.
Work Schedule
Non-exempt Full-time: 40 hours a week (may include evenings).