ADMHS Practitioner Intern
Salary: $21.63-$26.40 hourly / $3,762-$4,592 monthly /
DEFINITION: Under general supervision of a licensed
professional, assesses, diagnoses, counsels, and provides
psychotherapeutic treatment, rehabilitation, and care coordination
for seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and
seriously and persistently mentally ill adults; and performs related
duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is the
trainee-level class for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). Incumbents provide
professional mental health services under supervision of a licensed
professional. Incumbents in this class are expected to progress to
obtain licensure as an LCSW or MFT. This class is distinguished from
ADMHS Practitioner I in that the latter class is a licensed
practitioner whose incumbents can provide mental health services
with less supervision.
Incumbents in this class work within a system of
interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or contract service
agencies providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment,
and related ancillary support services via an integrated service
delivery system to people with alcohol and other drug-related
problems, mental illness, and/or co-occurring conditions.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Interviews potential clients to assess needs for mental health
services or referral elsewhere; counsels or provides
psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals,
couples, or members of a family to assist them in achieving
productive social adjustments, reducing the impact of disabling
disorders, and facilitating their achievement of living,
vocational, recreational, and interpersonal goals.
- Develops treatment and service plans that include the client
and family members.
- Documents clinical activity presenting diagnostic and
interview findings, clinical evaluations, and recommendations for
review by licensed staff.
- Confers with and advises clients' relatives to secure their
understanding of and cooperation in treatment and rehabilitation
- Cooperates and works with other agencies and practitioners
regarding mutual clientele.
- Educates clients and their families regarding their diagnosis,
prognosis, and treatment and rehabilitation process.
- Manages the care of clients by assessing and referring them to
public and private providers and monitoring their progress.
- Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health
care, benefits and entitlements, and to learn basic living skills.
- Possession of a master's degree in social work from an
accredited university; or,
- possession of a master's degree in marriage, family and child
counseling, marital and family therapy, counseling psychology,
clinical psychology, counseling with an emphasis in marriage,
family and child counseling, or social work with an emphasis on
clinical social work or other equivalent master's degree from a
college or university approved by the California Department of
Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.
Appointees must be registered with the Board of Behavioral
Science Examiners as an MFT Intern or LCSW Associate; proof of
registration is required at the time of appointment. Appointees must
obtain their California license as a Clinical Social Worker or as a
Marriage and Family Therapist within four years of appointment, as a
condition of continued employment.
Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required at
the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's License
is required at the time of appointment.
Knowledge of: assessment, diagnosis, prognosis,
counseling, and psychotherapeutic treatment of marriage, family, and
child relationship dysfunctions; methods of developing and
implementing a treatment plan; human service delivery systems; basic
Ability to: perform effective counseling and psychotherapy
with individuals, families, and groups; develop and maintain
cooperative relationships with clients' families, members of other
professional disciplines, social service agencies, and co-workers;
relate professionally to persons with serious mental disorders;
identify and utilize community resources; prepare and present clear
and concise oral and written reports.
Background Investigation: Finalists for positions in this
class will be required to pass a pre-offer, job-related background