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Minimum USD Salary: 109,054
Maximum USD Salary: 131,940

Industry: Santa Clara Valley Health Care – Valley Medical Center

Company: County of Santa Clara, CA

Salary : $109,054.40 – $131,940.64 Annually

Location : Throughout the County of Santa Clara, CA

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 24-Y41-A2

Department: Santa Clara Valley Health Care – Valley Medical Center

Opening Date: 07/01/2024

Closing Date: 7/31/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

Bargaining Unit: 01


Under general supervision, to provide counseling, psychotherapy, case management, and treatment services in a counseling center, clinic, or institutional setting.

This Psychiatric Social Worker II posting is being opened to create a list that will be used to fill vacancies for the next month. Applicants who want to be considered for vacancies next month should apply. Qualified applicants will remain on the list for one month and will be referred to available vacancies during that time. To be considered for future opportunities, applicants will need to reapply each month in order to be placed on the eligible list for the following month. The supplemental questions on the bulletin are important for the filtering process, make sure to select all those that you are interested in.

This open recruitment may be used to fill full time and/or part time positions located in the following: Ambulatory Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH), Custody Health Services and the Custody Behavioral Health Services.

Ambulatory Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) provides on-site, outpatient counseling services to patients receiving their primary medical care at one of Ambulatory’s several Valley Health Center locations. PSW IIs in this role collaborate with medical doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists to provide brief, solution-focused care for mild to moderate mental health needs. A subset of the patient population will include those with more severe needs, in which case PSW IIs assist with transfer of care and bridging tasks until an appropriate placement can be made. Additionally, PSW IIs at PCBH provide as needed, on-site crisis intervention services to the medical clinics should an urgent issue occur.

Custody Health Services (CHS) provides medical, mental health, and dental services to patients in custody at the 3 County Jail facilities: Main Jail, Elmwood and Juvenile Detention facilities. CHS provides on-site routine and urgent/emergent medical services at both Main Jail and Elmwood adult detention facilities in Santa Clara County. Health care of incarcerated men and women includes care of acute and chronic illness as well as preventative and specialty care. CHS also runs a 39 single-bed acute psychiatric inpatient housing unit at the Main Jail. The services are provided for adult male and female patients who require acute inpatient services for stabilization. Juvenile Custody Health provides integrated medical services to justice involved youth housed in Juvenile Hall and in James Ranch to include comprehensive pediatric medical, mental health, and dental care.

Some positions may require to work in a locked facility, which requires passing an extensive background check for security clearance.

Some positions may require credentialing prior to appointment.
If you have not previously completed a CAQH (Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare) application, it is recommended that you start one at the same time you submit your application for this recruitment. To start your CAQH application, visit


A new hire or a regular coded full-time or part-time employee who is hired into, transfers, or promotes in the classifications of Marriage and Family Therapist or Psychiatric Social Worker assigned to any shift may be eligible to receive a one-time sign-on bonus of up to $5,000 (subject to discontinuation at any time).

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Typical Tasks

The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  • Performs intensive case management, counseling, psychotherapy, and treatment services with patients or clients and their families;
  • Participates in the evaluation of problems presented and in the development of treatment plans;
  • May participate in group therapy programs;
  • Prepares social case histories with particular emphasis upon psycho-social factors affecting the patient or client;
  • Cooperates with staff and other community agencies in carrying out treatment plans;
  • Participates in psychotherapy programs with psychiatric staff treatment teams;
  • Interprets and explains social and emotional factors pertaining to illness to clients, relatives, and community groups, and may conduct educational sessions and training events, as appropriate;
  • Evaluates new techniques for dealing with emotional and environmental problems;
  • Refers patients or clients to appropriate community agencies;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker (DSW), as required;
  • Performs other related duties, as required.

Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training, and experience to demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks, plus the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:

Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are attained through possession of licensure as described in the Special Requirements.

Special Requirements

  • Possess and maintain a registration with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), for the duration of employment in this classification.
  • Incumbents in this class must comply with California licensure requirements as outlined by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Some positions may require provider credentialing prior to appointment.
  • Ability to travel to alternate locations in the course of work. If driving, possession of a valid California driver’s license prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver authorization.
  • *As a condition of employment, pursuant to California Government Code Sections 3100-3109 and Local Ordinance, all County of Santa Clara employees are designated Disaster Service Workers (DSWs), including extra help. A DSW is required to complete all assigned DSW-related training, and in the event of an emergency, return to work as ordered.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of psychiatric social work and psychotherapy;
  • Counseling, case management, and other techniques of psychiatric social work;
  • Social aspects of behavioral health and emotional disturbances;
  • Theory and practice of community behavioral health and substance use interventions;
  • Community agencies and community resources serving the mentally ill, alcohol and drug abusers, and alcoholism;
  • Physical and mental illnesses and their impact on personality.
  • English usage, style, grammar, punctuation, and spelling;
  • Common computer systems and applications.

Ability to:

  • Effectively apply psychiatric social work theory and case management skills and psychotherapeutic interventions;
  • Conduct differential diagnosis;
  • Develop and implement a treatment program;
  • Secure and record accurate and pertinent social and personal data;
  • Effectively use psychiatric consultation;
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, at all levels, including colleagues, the public, and representatives of other agencies.

The County offers comprehensive first-class medical, dental, and vision benefits plans for County employees and their dependents, including plans with no deductibles, no co-pays, no co-insurance, and no prescription drug co-pays. Learn more

The County also offers generous paid time off with significant vacation, sick time, and 13 paid County holidays annually! Details are included in the with the bargaining unit applicable to the job classification.

In addition to the amazing perks above, the County also offers the additional benefits below.

Retirement Benefits
The County offers robust retirement plans including a (similar to the private sector’s 401(k) plan) and the In addition to lifetime retirement income available through the CalPERS pension plan, the 457(b) Deferred Compensation plan provides a great way to save for retirement and supplement the defined benefit pension available to employees. These plans help our employees build a plan for their future and contribute to their family’s long-term financial well-being.

Health Flexible Spending Account
The empowers employees to manage healthcare expenses efficiently with tax-free contributions (up to $3,200 for the 2024 calendar year). Secure tax-free solutions for your healthcare expenses and enjoy the flexibility to manage your healthcare finances effectively with the HFSA.

Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)
The enables employees to utilize tax-free funds for dependent care services, facilitating a convenient and cost-effective approach for managing your dependent care expenses. The County also offers the , an employer-funded DCAP, for employees with annual income under $120,000.

Life and AD&D
The County offers life and disability benefits including , Insurance, These benefits ensure financial security and income support when you and your family need it most.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The County prioritizes employee mental health and well-being and offers a top-tier through Concern providing confidential counseling sessions covering stress, anxiety, relationships, grief, as well as financial/legal services, personal coaching, child and elder care referrals, and comprehensive crisis support.

Employee Wellness
The offers free wellness programing, fitness classes and resources; including Elevate My Wellness an all-in-one platform designed to elevate your well-being journey.

Education Reimbursement
A generous program is available, including Education Reimbursement for employees seeking additional training and professional development.

NOTE: Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

Click here to access all Memoranda of Understanding and most recent Summary of Changes.


(REQUIRED) Please answer the following questions. Completion of the following supplemental questions is REQUIRED and is an integral part of the evaluation process. Initially, it will be used to determine minimum qualifications. For those applicants meeting the employment standards, this information will be critical in the subsequent competitive assessment to identify those candidates to be invited to continue in the examination process. Your responses to the questions may also be reviewed and scored in a Competitive Rating evaluation process based on pre-determined rating criteria. Your answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the Competitive Rating evaluation has begun. A response of “see resume” or “see application” will deem your application incomplete. Include a detailed description of your work experience in the following format for EACH employer referenced, in each answer:
a) Employer name(s)
b) Job title(s)
c) Start/end dates of employment
d) Total hours worked per week
e) Description of task(s) performed
Do you understand the requirement to provide complete answers in order to determine relevant experience for each area in question?

  • Yes
  • No


Do you have a Master’s degree in Social Work, Social Welfare or a in a closely related field that qualifies for licensure?

  • Yes
  • No


If you have a Master’s Degree in a closely related field please indicate what field below. Otherwise put N/A


Are you currently registered with the board of behavioral science as an License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or License Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

  • Yes
  • No


Please select the number of year(s) you have as a Clinical Social Worker

  • Post Master’s Degree between one (1) to two (2) years
  • Post Master’s Degree greater than two (2) years


Do you possess a CAADAC certification or LAADAC License?

  • Yes
  • No


1. Do you have experience providing solution-focused interventions to patients with mild to moderate mental health needs?

  • No Experience
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four to less than five years
  • Five or more years


Please describe your working experience providing solution-based interventions to patients with mild to moderate mental health needs.Response must include employer name, position title, job duties and tasks, length of employment, and hours worked per week.If no experience please type N/A


Do you have experience working with clients who have been involved with criminal court cases?

  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes to the above question, describe your work experience with these clients.Please include employer name, position title, job duties and tasks, and hours worker per week.If none please type N/A.


Do you have experience working with probation and/or parole individuals who have abused alcohol or drugs?

  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes to the above question, please describe your work experience with probation and/or parole individuals who have abused alcohol or drugs.Please include employer name, position title, job duties and tasks, and hours worker per week.If none please type N/A.


Do you have experience working with probation and/or parole individuals who have been exposed to mental health issues?

  • Yes
  • No


Please describe your work experience with probation and/or parole individuals with mental health issues?Please include employer name, position title, job duties and tasks, and hours worked per week.If none please type N/A


Do you have treatment and counseling experience with dual diagnosed clients?

  • Yes
  • No


Describe your work experience with dual diagnosed clients.Please include employer name, position title, job duties and tasks, and hours worker per week.If none please type N/A.


Do you have experience working with adolescents and young adults?

  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes to the above question, describe your experience working with adolescents and young adults. Please include employer name, position title, job duties and tasks, and hours worker per week. If none please type N/A.


Do you have experience working with substance-using youth?

  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes to the above question, describe your experience working with these clients.Please include employer name, position title, length of employment, job duties and tasks, and hours worker per week. If none, please type N/A


Select your experience with treatment and counseling in any of the follow areas:

  • Client – centered group and individual counseling
  • Family systems
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Rational emotive therapy
  • Adjunct support group
  • Role – playing
  • Psycho – drama
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Behavior Modification
  • Gestalt Psychology
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Individual and Group Therapy


Describe in detail your experience working with these modalities.


Please select all the areas that you have one or more years of clinical experience.

  • Adult
  • Outpatient
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Social Services
  • Court Services
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Children
  • Inpatient
  • Crisis
  • School
  • Grief or Hospice
  • Probation
  • Residential Treatment
  • Disaster Relief
  • Conservatorship
  • Family
  • Custody Services
  • Working with Homeless Population


If you answered yes to the above question, please provide the agency(s), the month/year(s) and the locations where you obtained this knowledge.


Do you have experience working with pregnant or postpartum patients?If yes, please describe that experience.


Do you have experience providing individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?If yes, please describe that experience including specific examples of how you apply the principles of CBT


Do you have experience providing trauma-focused CBT and/or trauma-informed care?If yes, please describe that experience, including whether the work was provided to children, adolescents, or adults.


Please select all the employment categories you would be interested in working.

  • Full-Time
  • Part-time
  • Both


(ALL)Select the language(s) that you are fluent in: (check all that apply)

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Cambodian
  • Cantonese
  • Farsi
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Oromo
  • Pakistani Urdu
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Taiwanese
  • Vietnamese
  • Other
  • None of the Above


Some positions require working in a locked facility and may require oversight of inmate workers. Are you willing to work in this type of environment?

  • Yes
  • No


How did you find out about this job?

  • Contacted by County Recruiter
  • Contacted by a Recruitment Firm
  • County Employee Referral
  • County of Santa Clara Career Website
  • County of Santa Clara Job Interests Email Notification
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Indeed
  • Virtual Job Fair
  • In Person Job Fair
  • In-Person Networking Professional Event
  • Virtual Networking Event
  • Community Event
  • Glassdoor
  • Professional Association
  • Search Engine (Google, Bing, online search, etc.)
  • Hospital Website: SCVMC, O’Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital Website
  • Handshake
  • Student Career Center
  • County Text Message
  • County Career Newsletter
  • Other (Specify in the next question)

Required Question

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