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Salary: Psychiatrist I (#6165)

Psychiatrist II (#6166)

$88.00-$100.98 hourly / $15,306-$17,563 monthly / Range: 1


$88.00-$100.98 hourly / $15,306-$17,563 monthly / Range: 1

DEFINITION: Under direction, but with independent responsibility for professional results, to provide psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic service in a mental health clinic and/or inpatient psychiatric facility; and to perform related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The duties of the Psychiatrist I and II are essentially the same. The I is distinguished from the II by the latter's possessing more fully developed skills, and by being required to act with more independence in the promotion and utilization of effective psychiatric techniques.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Conducts psychiatric examinations; makes diagnoses and prescribes therapy; conducts individual and group psychotherapy; administers and interprets projective tests; participates in staff conferences recommending appropriate treatment approaches; assists in developing and organizing a program of clinic treatment; may direct case conferences; may serve as a consultant to other clinic staff; confers with patient's relatives regarding illness and treatment; assists through consultation in establishing psychiatric programs and policies; cooperates with other public health and hospital personnel; keeps medical records and prepares psychiatric reports; testifies to the Superior Court on matters concerning petitions and affidavits.



1. Completion of a residency training program in psychiatry.


1. Completion of a residency training program in psychiatry and two years of post-residency experience as a psychiatrist in a psychiatric facility; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Psychiatrist I with Santa Barbara County.

Additional qualifications for both levels: Possession of a valid license as a physician and surgeon is required. Initial acceptance may be based on licensure as a physician and surgeon in another state; licensure as a physician and surgeon in California is required prior to appointment. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: general medicine and psychiatry; current developments in the field of psychiatry; hospital and clinic organization, management, and procedures.

Ability to: skillfully diagnose and treat severely and persistently mentally ill patients; analyze situations and adopt an effective course of action; prepare records and reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; maintain objectivity and confidentiality.

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