Senior Psychiatric Social Worker

US Government, Health

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.


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