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Mental Health Clinician I
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Position/Program Information

DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH

EXAM NUMBER: b9029E

OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY

FILING START DATE: 06/08/2015

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice

DEFINITION:

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.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:

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 ongoing clinical 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 maintains clinical 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 tchieve 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.

Requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:

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.

LICENSE:

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

PHYSICAL CLASS:

2 -Light.

Additional Information

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.

EXAMINATION CONTENT: This examination will consist of an evaluation of training, experience and desirable qualifications based upon application information weighted 100%. Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher in order to be placed in the eligible register.

VACANCY INFORMATION: The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Mental Health as they occur.

AVAILABLE SHIFT: Any

.ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:

The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting. You can also tract the status of your application using this website.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met. Application filing may be suspended at any time with or without advance notice.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work performed, and salary earned. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

NOTE: If you are unable to attach required documents, you must email them to exams@dmh.lacounty.com, within 15 calendar days of filing online. Please include the exam number and the exam title in the subject line.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER LANGUAGE

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.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES

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.

NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD

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.

Department Contact Name: Joshua Goldman

Department Contact Phone: (213) 972-7036

Department Contact Email: exams@dmh.lacounty.gov

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922

Teletype Phone: (800) 735-2922

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