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ADMHS Practitioner Intern

Salary: $21.63-$26.40 hourly / $3,762-$4,592 monthly / Range: 5496

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Develops treatment and service plans that include the client and family members.
  3. Documents clinical activity presenting diagnostic and interview findings, clinical evaluations, and recommendations for review by licensed staff.
  4. Confers with and advises clients' relatives to secure their understanding of and cooperation in treatment and rehabilitation programs.
  5. Cooperates and works with other agencies and practitioners regarding mutual clientele.
  6. Educates clients and their families regarding their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment and rehabilitation process.
  7. Manages the care of clients by assessing and referring them to public and private providers and monitoring their progress.
  8. Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health care, benefits and entitlements, and to learn basic living skills.


  1. Possession of a master's degree in social work from an accredited university; or,
  2. 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 math.

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 investigation.

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