Child Welfare Psychiatric Social Worker II - Spanish
County of San Mateo
The County of San Mateo's Human Services Agency, Children and Family Services Branch is seeking well-qualified and motivated individuals for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW). Under general supervision, PSWs provide therapeutic counseling and support services to children and families connected to the child welfare system and individual and group therapeutic counseling and case management services to clients having basic and/or severe emotional, family, and/or social adjustment problems.
Current vacancies include:
• 2 vacancies in the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths/Child Family Team (CANS/CFT) assignment
• 1 vacancy in the Foster Family Agency (FFA) assignment
The CANS/CFT PSW completes or assists in gathering information for the State required Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment for children and families involved in the child welfare system. This position works collaboratively with the CFS social worker and BHRS clinician to create a client-focused clinical needs and services plan. This role is also responsible for facilitating the Child and Family Team meetings to ensure that clients are actively involved in every aspect of their child welfare case, mental health treatment and service planning. In addition, this position may also provide short-term mental health and case management services to clients in the child welfare system.
The FFA PSW is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the mental health services for the children in the FFA therapeutic program; coordinating, facilitating, and creating the individual needs and services plans for the youth; providing therapeutic support services to the youth and resource parent; and developing and coordinating the monthly foster parent trainings. The FFA PSW also assists with the recruitment, admission, and retention of SMC FFA resource homes referred to the program.
CFS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are based on client need and availability. Staff may be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
The ideal candidate will possess:
• Experience delivering behavioral health services to children exhibiting challenging behaviors due to trauma.
• Solid clinical treatment, assessment, diagnostic and evaluation skills working with a youth population.
• Knowledge of principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical case management, crisis management, as well as trauma-informed child abuse treatment and other evidence-based practices.
• Knowledge of the CANS tool and CFT practices.
• Experience working with youth with complex issues involving abuse and neglect, trauma, behavioral health, and substance use. Experience facilitating collaborative meetings with clients and partners.
• Experience conducting individual, group, and family therapy. Solid documentation skills: progress notes, assessments, needs and service plans, etc.
• Experience providing field-based services.
• Collaboration and coordination of services with other providers.
• Experience working with multi-cultural clients and staff from a trauma-informed perspective, including ensuring services provided are culturally-relevant and involve the child and family's participation to nurture the child's well-being.
• Experience establishing and maintaining effective work relationships.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.