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Psychiatric Social Worker II

San Jose, CA

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Job Description
Under general supervision, to provide psychiatric casework, counseling, psychotherapy, and treatment services in a counseling center, clinic, or institutional setting.
Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  These positions are located in both our Mental Health Division and our Alcohol & Drug Services Division.
Typical Tasks
Performs intensive casework, 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 and/or milieu 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;
Performs related work as required.
Employment Standards
Possession of a Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university which qualifies for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and two years of post graduate social work experience in the field of mental health.
Possession of a valid California license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as issued by the State Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.
Knowledge of:
The principles of psychiatric social work and psychotherapy;
Counseling, casework, and other techniques of psychiatric social work;
Social aspects of mental health and emotional disturbances;
Theory and practice of community mental health, or alcohol, or drug abuse 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.
Ability to:
  Effectively apply psychiatric social work theory and casework skills and psychotherapeutic interventions;
Do differential diagnosis;
Develop and implement a treatment program;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
Secure and record accurate and pertinent social and personal data;
Effectively use psychiatric consultation.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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