Behavioral Health Therapist I/II

  • County of Colusa
  • Hybrid
  • Jan 18, 2023
Full time Government

Job Description

Colusa County Behavioral Health Department is seeking Behavioral Health Therapists to treat mental illness and substance use disorders in a collaborative team-oriented environment. 

Whether you are entering a career in Mental Health or seeking career advancement within the field, Colusa County is looking for YOU!

Are you a dedicated professional who is ready to make a difference in the lives of our consumers?  Are you seeking work/life balance and ready to grow your career? If so, APPLY today!

The Colusa County Behavioral Health Department Offers: 

- Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience.

- Excellent benefit package. 

- Colusa County Behavioral Health is committed to employee development, including clinical supervision leading to licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. With our small-town feel, you will be able to experience a variety of services that Behavorial Health offers our community. 

- Paid Licensure.

- Flex and compressed work schedules. 

- Fun and dedicated staff with a family atmosphere!


This recruitment is to fill four Therapist I/II vacancies that may be filled at any level depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. 

This recruitment will be used to fill current vacancies and establish an eligibility list to fill other openings without reposting.       

DEFINITION:

Under general direction, to provide a variety of mental health services for individuals, families, and groups, including assessments, diagnoses, prognoses, counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment for Department clients; to assist with education and training for other staff, community agencies, and the public; to serve in “crisis intervention” situations and respond to emergencies and hospitalizations; and to do related work as required.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

 

The Therapist series within Colusa County’s Department of Behavioral Health includes flexibly staffed journey to advanced level therapist positions.  Each level is distinguished from the lower class by years of experience and/or additional education, training, certification or licensure required.

 

Incumbents within the series do not automatically advance to the next level but may become eligible to advance, at the discretion of the Department Head, upon meeting the minimum requirements and demonstrating the appropriate skills and knowledge through a qualifying assessment and provided the next level position has been budgeted.

SUPERVISION & EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:

 

Behavioral Health Therapist I:

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health or Health and Human Services Director or designee, reports to and receives direction from the Clinical Program Manager or Program Manager and may receive technical and functional supervision from the Therapist III.   

 

Behavioral Health Therapist II:  

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health or Health and Human Services Director or designee, reports to and receives direction from the Clinical Program Manager or Program Manager.

 

Behavioral Health Therapist III:

Under the direction of the Behavioral Health or Health and Human Services Director or designee, reports to and receives direction from the Clinical Program Manager or Program Manager. Incumbents may provide technical and functional supervision to the Therapist I.


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (varies by Therapist level):

This information listed below is meant to serve as samples of job duties and responsibilities for positions in this classification. This list is neither inclusive nor exclusive but indicative of several types of duties performed. This information reflects the Essential Functions for any given position in this classification. 

 

Conducts telephone or in person interviews with individuals, families, and groups in clinic, home, and community settings to develop client centered service plans.

 

Interviews persons requesting outpatient mental health services.

 

Prioritizes service requests according to standard triage criteria. 

 

Provides initial assessment, including diagnoses and treatment plan, for assigned health clients. 

 

Works with individuals, families, and groups to provide psychotherapeutic services, develop client centered service plans. 

 

Assists clients with understanding their problems and developing plans to resolve them; 

 

Provides individual, and group therapy for children and/or adults. 

 

Advises clients on available community resources and serves as a liaison with organizations and service agencies. 

 

Monitors daily progress of persons being treated in psychiatric hospitals to verify receipt of appropriate treatment. 

 

Develops recommendations for   discharge and follow-up treatment planning for clients and their families, including making appropriate referrals and arrangements for client treatment; 

 

Works with clients’ families to secure their cooperation in treatment programs. 

 

Evaluates data and consults with other agencies, as necessary, to ensure that treatment services are available and adequate. 

 

Provides requisite background information to physicians involved in client treatment.

 

Provides outreach services to clients unable to travel to mental health facilities. 

 

May provide transportation if necessary. 

 

Evaluates persons presented as psychiatric emergencies at department clinics, hospital emergency rooms, law enforcement incidents, jails and other appropriate community locations. 

 

May authorize detention of clients for further evaluation and treatment as provided by State Code 5150. 

Contacts staff of designated 5150 facilities to obtain admission authorization per Code requirements.

 

Participates in coordination of services with the Office of County Counsel and the Public Guardian, related to LPS conservatorship administration; prepares and maintains clinical and administrative records regarding services provided.

 

Serves as a liaison with community organizations regarding continuing care services, providing information regarding policies and procedures utilized in the treatment of adults and children. 

 

May provide direct evaluations or treatment within the County Jail Facility

 

May develop, conduct, and participate in training programs including the teaching of diagnosis and treatment methods for other Department and community agency staffs.

 

Serves as a consultant for department personnel.

 

Cooperates with professionals from other disciplines in the development of team and collaborative diagnoses and treatment programs.

 

May provide some direction and training for clinical and paraprofessional staff.
QUALIFICATIONS:

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS (all levels): 

 

Knowledge of:

 

Principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, and various treatment modalities.

 

Biological, behavioral and environmental aspects of emotional disturbances, mental disabilities, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse.

 

Methods, practices and procedures of mental health programs, including but not limited to, the areas of counseling, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, case management practices and use of psychotropic medication.

 

The scope and activities of available public and private community resources.

 

Methods used in identification of clients’ individual, social, and behavioral problems and their analysis and resolution in existing social contexts.

 

Legislative and administrative rules and regulations pertaining to Lanterman-Petris-Short and Short-Doyle services.  

 

Skills in:

Assessing and evaluating behavioral health problems, and making recommendations based on observations and interviews.

 

Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.

Working within deadlines to complete projects and assignments.

 

Interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

 

Collaborating with multi-disciplinary treatment teams.

 

Assessing, analyzing, identifying issues, and recommending solutions to problems.

 

Establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, other county employees and representatives from outside agencies.

 

Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of standard software including an electronic medical record.   

 

Ability to:

 

Perform psychiatric social work and psychotherapy for Department clients. 

 

Develop and maintain cooperative, constructive relationships with families of clients, members of other professional disciplines, social agencies, and other staff.

 

Develop clear and comprehensive case records and documentation.

 

Prepare treatment plans, client treatment recommendations, and a variety of reports.

 

Organize and manage a caseload.

 

Understand a therapist’s role and deal with clients in a variety of circumstances and settings in accordance with professional standards and ethics.

 

Conceptualize and prioritize the problems of mentally disordered persons, determining their needs, services, and appropriate treatment methods.

 

Integrate a variety of clinical approaches into a unified treatment plan.

 

Recognize potential crises and deliver crisis intervention services.

 

Handle stress and unstable client behavior.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Behavioral Health Therapist I 

Experience:

Required practicum experience in a Master’s program.

 

Training:

A Master’s degree in psychology, social work, marriage and family counseling, or a related field from an accredited college or university which provides the educational basis for licensing to provide psychotherapy in the State of California.

Licensing or Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license.

 

Possession of or applied for registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern or an Associate of Clinical Social Work with the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Behavioral Health Therapist II 

Experience: 

Two (2) years of post-graduate of increasingly responsible related experience   

Training:

A Master’s degree in psychology, social work, marriage and family counseling, or a related field from an accredited college or university which provides the educational basis for licensing to provide psychotherapy in the State of California.

Licensing and Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license.  

Current registration as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  

Behavioral Health Therapist III (Senior)

Experience:

Two (2) years of substantial, active-practice, professional experience working in mental health counseling, psychotherapy, and related social services in a public or certified private welfare or health agency at the level equivalent to a Therapist II with Colusa County.

Training:

 A Master’s degree in psychology, social work, marriage and family counseling, or a related field from an accredited college or university which provides the educational basis for licensing to provide psychotherapy in the State of California.

Licensing and Certifications:

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license.

 

Possession of a valid California license as a Clinical Social Worker, Marriage, Family and Child Counselor or Clinical Psychologist and have at least two years of full time experience as a licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts; and meet the minimum qualifications by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to supervise Associate Clinical Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapist Interns.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

SALARY:  BASED ON EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE 

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH THERAPIST I           $ 4742-7779 (based on a 37.5 hour work week)
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH THERAPIST II         $ 5236-8588 (based on a 37.5 hour work week)

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH THERAPIST III       $ 5780-9481 (based on a 37.5 hour work week)  

- Colusa County Behavorial Health is committed to employee development, including clinical supervision leading to licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. With our small-town feel, you will be able to experience a variety of services that Behavorial Health offers our community. 

- Paid Licensure

- Pay commensurate with education and experience

- Flex Schedules & Compressed Schedules

- Fun and dedicated staff with a family atmosphere!

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential duties. 

 Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various County and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. Although this is primarily a sedentary office classification requiring standing in work areas and walking between work areas, the position may also require some fieldwork. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard, or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects, up to 30 pounds, as necessary to perform job functions.  Negative PPD test (pre-employment and annual testing).  Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, dust and scents, and potential exposure to hazardous physical substances. Tasks may require exposure to illness/disease, work related stress and hostile clients. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. 

The County of Colusa is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Colusa County encourages both incumbents and individuals who have been offered employment to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 

Rate of Pay

$29.18 - $52.85 Hourly $4,742.00 - $8,588.00 Monthly $56,904.00 - $103,056.00 Annually

Date posted

Jan 18, 2023