Senior Psychiatric Social Worker, Salinas, California

Created 03/19/2023
Employer Monterey County Human Resources
Reference 619575
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State California
City Salinas
Salary $6,406.00 - $8,750.00 Monthly
Position Description

Final Filing Date: April 17, 2023 Exam # 23/60B25/03MN

The County of Monterey Health Department's Behavioral Health Bureau currently has five (5) full-time Senior Psychiatric Social Worker (SPSW) vacancies. The Bureau currently has vacancies in the Clinical Training Division, Adult System of Care (ASOC), and Children System of Care (CSOC) teams.

Position Summary
The Senior Psychiatric Social Worker, under direction, performs highly skilled psychiatric casework services, counseling and treatment for mentally and emotionally disturbed patients and their relatives in a mental health clinic setting, and services as a subject matter resource in a specialized program area and/or acts as a lead worker.

Clinical Training Division

The SPSW for Training will support intern and employee professional development through training, coaching and consultation activities. The SPSW will oversee Evidenced Based Practice coaching and certification activities, Psychiatric Social Worker Internship Programs, New Employee Training and Continuing Education. As part of the PSW Internship Programs, the SPSW will help train and lead a monthly coaching group for field instructors (i.e., staff who mentor PSW Interns). The SPSW will support the Training Manager with program development, including developing MCBH's self-paced/on-demand training opportunities. Additionally, the SPSW will support with administrative activities related to class offerings (e.g. advertising, enrolling and attendance).

Collaborative Court, Forensic Team

The Sr. PSW will function as the lead clinician for the Adult Mental Health Treatment Court Full-Service Partnership program (Creating New Choices - CNC). As such this clinician is responsible for completing timely psychosocial / ASAM assessments, treatment plans, Reaching Recovery level of care determinations, court ordered eligibility assessments, and meet court deadlines while providing the expected level of service for a high-risk adult offender population with chronic and severe behavioral health needs. Strong organizational, communication and clinical skills are essential as well as an ability to successfully collaborate with both internal and external partners.

Community Crisis Services

The Senior PSW on the Community Crisis Services Team functions as a team lead for the program and a subject matter resource for other team members, programs and collaborating agencies. The Senior PSW will be responsible for high-risk safety assessment evaluations, evaluating and assessing needs of clients/families in psychiatric crisis in the community throughout the county and providing supportive clinical consultation and training to other less experienced team members. This position requires rapid decision making, and sound clinical judgment as well as the ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary team with a variety of internal and external partners. The Senior PSW assists with liaison duties with law enforcement partners, and the rest of the team regarding referrals for welfare checks and non-emergency outreach / engagement. The Community Crisis Services multidisciplinary team is truly public facing and responsive to the needs of our community. We are actively working on plans for expansion of existing mobile crisis services in keeping with SAMHSA best practice guidelines and Department of Health Care Services requirements.

Child & Adolescent System of Care: Early Childhood Services

The SPSW will provide a full continuum of mental health services and support to children 0-5 and their families, as well as persons in the perinatal period who are experiencing moderate to severe perinatal depression or anxiety. These services would include assessment, case management, medication support, individual, group, and family therapy, risk assessments, crisis triage and stabilization. The SPSW also would support MSW interns on the Early Childhood Services Team.

Child & Adolescent System of Care: Services to Education Program

The Services to Education program within CSOC serves children and youth in the public schools of Monterey County. The SPSW will provide a full continuum of mental health services and support to students in General and Special Education, which include case management, medication support, individual, group, and family therapy, risk assessments, crisis triage and stabilization, and monitoring of students placed in residential treatment. The SPSW will work in close collaboration with school personnel and serve on multi-disciplinary teams focuses on supporting student success.

The Eligible List established by this recruitment process will be used to fill current and future vacancies, both regular and temporary, as they arise.

Examples of Duties
  • Serves as subject matter resource to other professional staff by providing professional or specialized knowledge and recommending clinical solutions to complex client problems that are consistent with program goals.
  • Serves as subject matter resource to other mental health staff in relation to missions, policies and procedures of collaborating agencies.
  • Performs intensive case management services with patients and their relatives; conducts individual and group therapy.
  • Interviews patients and their relatives to collect and compile extensive social case histories for use in diagnosis and determination of treatment.
  • May assign, review and coordinate the work of staff, including monitoring for timely completion of clinical documentation with AVATAR system and conformance to specific directions and overall work standards.
  • Participates as a psychiatric team member with other treatment disciplines; participates in diagnostic and evaluative client conferences for cooperative planning of treatment.
  • Refers patients to appropriate agencies in cases outside the scope of the mental health services; participates in collaborative treatment with representation of other agencies such as clergy, schools, welfare, health and law enforcement.

To view the complete job description, please visit the Monterey County website: Senior Psychiatric Social Worker


Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough Knowledge of:
  • Principles, procedures, techniques, trends and literature of social work with particular reference to psychiatric social work
  • Social aspects and characteristics of mental and emotional disturbances
  • Principles of mental health education
  • Scope and activities of public and private health and welfare agencies
  • Current trends in mental health, public health, and public welfare
  • State and federal programs in the mental health field

Skill and Ability to:
  • Gather, analyze, evaluate and draw logical conclusions from data
  • Think creatively and develop new procedures, methods or approaches to completing assignments
  • Work cooperatively with a variety of others including representatives of other agencies
  • Communicate orally with mentally ill or emotionally disturbed individuals to gather social histories and to effectively counsel patients and to persuade others to accept a course of action or to get agencies to jointly resolve issues
  • Write clearly and concisely in order to prepare records and reports
  • Exhibits sympathy and tact when dealing with mentally disturbed patients and family members
  • Work independently and complete assignments based on overall goals, objectives and board policies
  • Develop and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Plan, organize, assign and review the work of others

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish is desirable. Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates must complete and receive a passing score on the bilingual oral and written exam upon hire to receive the bilingual pay stipend.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training

The skills necessary may be acquired through various types of education, training, and/or experience, typically:


Approximately three years of experience performing duties equivalent to Psychiatric Social Worker II in Monterey County


Approximately three years of experience providing treatment, counseling or case management services to clients in a mental health setting.

  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver's license or the ability to provide suitable transportation that is approved by the appointing authority.
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and during times of disaster and/or emergency, travel out of County to attend meetings.
  • Successfully complete a background check to include fingerprinting.
  • Pursuant to Title 9, Section 625 of the California Administrative Code, possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited school of social work and two years of post-Master's experience in a mental health setting or shall have obtained or have been declared eligible for a California License as a Clinical Social Worker granted by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners. Pursuant to Section 5600.2.B of the Welfare and Institutions Code, persons so hired must obtain their licensure by the end of three years of employment in the State of California. Persons possessing licensure in other states ay be hired provided they have experience sufficient to gain admission to the California licensing exam. Individuals so hired have one year to take the exam.

  • Pursuant to Section 5751.3 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, possess of, or eligibility for licensure as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor granted by the California State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.
  • In accordance with HIPAA, incumbent must have applied for or have a National Provider Identifier (NPI)

The County of Monterey offers an excellent benefits package. Please visit our website to view the Unit K Benefit Summary Sheet . This information is not legally binding, nor does it serve as a contract. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies and Practices Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prevail over this listing.

On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires. The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link . Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated. However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date. Medical / Religion .

As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary.
Additional Information


Apply on-line at

by the final filing date of Monday, April 17, 2023 at 11:59 PM (PST)


Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours,

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting:

Monterey County Health Department

Attn: Human Resources Division

1270 Natividad Road

Salinas, CA 93906.

Phone: (831) 755 - 4519 Fax: (831) 796 - 8682

The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:
  • A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions

Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Monterey County is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer. The County seeks candidates who can make contributions in an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity. Monterey County is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact Monique Ng, Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 755 - 4524 or .

Closing Date/Time: 4/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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