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PLEASE NOTE: This positionrequires the completion ofthe DMH Stipend program. Applications of candidates not appearing on the program roster will be rejected
This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject toclosure without prior notice
Under the supervision of a licensed clinician, conducts professional mental health assessments; provides counseling, case management and psychotherapeutic services; and performs related activities for clients and their family members in a range of mental health care settings including outpatient clinics, mental health centers, and specialized mental health treatment programs.
Positions allocable to this class work under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional to provide mental health services to clients and/or clients' families suffering from serious and persistent emotional, mental and/or substance abuse problems. Incumbents formulate differential diagnoses concerning the nature, severity, and scope of clients' mental or emotional problems; determine the intervention methods required; and collaborate with clients in the development of effective treatment and recovery plans. Incumbents use established clinical methods and procedures for client assessment, planning and implementation of treatment plans, and non-medical psychotherapy. Mental Health Clinician I is distinguished from Mental Health Clinician II in that the Mental Health Clinician I is the pre-licensure, entry-level class that may receive technical direction from the licensed, journey-level Mental Health Clinician II.
These positions require knowledge of principles and practices of marriage and family therapy, including current methods of clinical interviewing and assessment; conduct of individual, family, and group counseling; general psychiatric emergency intervention, diagnosis, and therapeutic methods; principles and theories of adult and child psychology; and laws and regulations as applied to patients' rights including treatment and commitment criteria. Also required is the ability to accurately assess client mental status using established diagnostic criteria; formulate appropriate and effective treatment plans and monitor client progress toward treatment objectives; quickly and concisely analyze crisis situations in order to facilitate an appropriate treatment or referral; evaluate patients for medication referrals; maintain the confidentiality of client information; write and interpret written information accurately and effectively; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, the public, and representatives of public and private agencies.
Essential Job Functions
Interviews and conducts diagnostic assessments of clients in order to develop treatment and recovery plans for clients and/or their family members.
Participates in the intake process by interviewing clients and/or their family members to obtain family, social, employment, medical, and mental health treatment history; provides crisis intervention, treatment, case management, referrals, and other related mental health care services to clients and their family members.
Participates in multi-disciplinary team to review client cases, treatment approaches,clinical issues, client progress, and treatment recommendations; and to prepare and present progress reports.
Participates in the development of individual and group treatment plans designed to address mental, emotional, and family disorders and dysfunction.
Provides ongoingclinical assessment, treatment planning, and clinical treatment for clients and families.
Performs intensive casework services with children and adult clients and their relatives through individual and group sessions.
Prepares and maintainsclinical case histories for use in diagnostic evaluations and to record client treatment progress.
Coordinates continuity of care and other treatment related services with caseworkers, probation officers, and community and healthcare workers.
Coordinates mental health support services to clients and families by linking them to other community resources to maximize client self-sufficiency and independence significant to client's continuum of care.
Interviews clients seeking mental health intervention services on an emergency basis and utilizes crisis intervention and community outreach techniques supportive of client recovery in the community.
Under supervision of a licensed clinician, evaluates clients and makes arrangements for voluntary or involuntary admissions to psychiatric facilities for treatment.
Serves as liaison and consultant to schools, organizations, parents, children, etc. on issues concerning clients and may serve on committees, boards, etc.
Provides mental health treatment services in schools and other community settings to emotionally- and behaviorally-disturbed children with the goal of helping them to achieve higher functioning in interpersonal relations and academic performance.
Maintains cooperative professional relationships with local community agencies significant to the continuum of care for clients. Conducts outreach and community-based service provision.
A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in marriage, family, and child counseling, marital and family therapy, psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or counseling with an emphasis in either marriage, family, and child counseling or marriage and family therapy and successful completion of the required stipend internship program with the Department of Mental Health.
Mental Health Clinician I appointees are required to obtain a valid Marriage & Family Therapist Intern registration number from the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences within thirty (30) days of appointment. Additionally, and in accordance with State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences guidelines, registered Marriage and Family Therapist Interns must obtain Marriage & Family Therapist licensure within six years of initial registration.
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
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Special Requirement Information:
In order to qualify, you must include a photocopy of the diploma, or a copy of your official transcripts, indicating the field of study, with your application at the time filing.
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Special Information:
Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, holidays or weekends.
Past and present mental health clients and family members are encouraged to apply.
This examination will consist of an evaluation of education and experience based upon application information, weighted 100%. Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher in order to be placed on the eligible register.
Vacancy Information:
The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Mental Health as they occur.
Eligibility Information:
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in this examination will be placed on the eligible register and, unless appointed, will appear in the order of their scoring group for a period of at least twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility. No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.
Application and Filing Information:
All applicants are required to submit a Standard County of Los Angeles EmploymentApplication online only. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of applications, although resumes may be uploaded as attachments to the applications. This examination will remain open until the need of the services are met, and is subject to closure without prior notice.
You MUST complete the filing process ONLINE (via electronic submission) ONLY.
Instructions for Filing:
A standard County of Los Angeles Employment Applicationfor this examination must be completed online and submitted electronically. Applications electronically received after 5:00 pm, PST on the last day of filing will not be accepted.
Additional documents may be sent by email to **** , please includeexam number and exam title in the subject line.
To apply online, click on the linkabove or below this bulletinthat reads, Apply to Job.
The acceptance of your application will depend on whether you have clearly shown that you meet theMinimum Requirements. Please be sure your application indicates complete information, including dates for education and jobs held which relate to this position. For each job held, give the name and addresses of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, total number of hours worked (full or part-time) and salary earned. Resumes showing training and experience may be attached to the Los Angeles County Application. All information and records are subject to verification. Falsification of records can result in disqualification from the examination or termination of employment.
Falsification of records can result in disqualification from the examination or termination of employment.
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security number (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
All applicants must file their applications online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.
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About Los Angeles County
With a population of over ten million people, the County of Los Angeles has more residents than any county in the nation, and within its boundaries are 88 cities. It is rich in cultural diversity and home to world renowned museums, theaters, the nation’s motion picture industry, major universities, and numerous five-star restaurants. The mountains, deserts, and the beautiful Pacific Ocean, along with some of the world’s finest urban recreational attractions, are freeway close.
The County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors (Board) who are elected on a non-partisan basis and serve four-year staggered terms. As the governing body, the Board serves as both the executive and legislative authority of the largest and most complex county government in the United States. There are 34 appointed department heads that report to the Board.  There are also three elected officials (Assessor, District Attorney, and Sheriff) for a total of 37 major administrative units or departments that currently serve the needs of the County’s residents.
Selected by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers of 2016, the County’s annual budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 is $29 billion, with funding for approximately 108,000 positions to serve its diverse population.
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