Mental Health Clinician I/ii

Merced County
Full Time 25 per week $69,534 - $102,835 Per year CA 301 E 13th St, Merced, CA 95341, United States


This recruitment is to fill multiple Clinician vacancies in various programs throughout the Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Department as they occur.

This recruitment is being established to obtain a current eligible list for both full time and Extra-Help vacancies.   Extra-Help are not entitled to county benefits and are limited to a maximum of 25 hours per week. Extra-Help pay is $ 33.43- $ 40.68 per hour.

This recruitment is to establish a list to fill positions in Los Banos, Winton, and Merced.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Meets with individuals and groups, including families, to assist them with understanding complex mental and emotional problems and with developing realistic plans to resolve them.
  • Advises clients on the availability of community resources.
  • Interprets clients' needs and problems, assisting them with environmental adjustment.
  • Works with clients' relatives to secure cooperation in treatment programs.
  • Utilizes highly developed professional skills in outpatient, in-patient, children's service, day care, rehabilitation and education programs.
  • Assists with training other Mental Health Department staff in diagnosis and treatment methods.
  • Develop and conduct training and informational presentations for other County staff, school districts, and community agencies.
  • Serve as a consultant for other community agencies.
  • Participate in the preparation and presentation of cases for consideration by other professional staff.
  • May assume operational responsibility for a unit within a clinical program.
  • May conduct or participate in professional research and special studies.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans; develops and prepares extensive records, complex reports, progress notes, and correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Masters Degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or a closely related field.

Must have registration from the appropriate California State Licensing Board at time of application.

Must pass the written and oral examination for licensure within (6) years from the date of hire as a Clinician I with a MFT Intern (IMF), Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW) and Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI) from California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Masters Degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or a closely related field.

Two (2) years of progressively responsible clinical experience in a mental health setting.

Valid license issued by the State of California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) or Clinical Psychologist .

Out of State Licensure:
Registration for a waiver of the State Professional License may be obtained for a maximum of three (3) years.


Essential Functions


  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses.
  • Perform job duties under stressful conditions.
  • Respond appropriately to situations.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Make presentations.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Sit, stand, or walk for extended periods.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of: 
  • Principles, procedures, techniques, and trends of clinical and casework services, counseling, and treatment.
  • Laws, rules, and regulations governing mental health programs and services.
  • Behavioral and environmental aspects of physical illness, emotional disturbance, and mental disability or retardation.
  • Social aspects and characteristics of mental and emotional disturbances.
  • DSM IV Diagnostic criteria for mental and emotional disturbances.
  • Principles of mental health education.
  • A wide variety of therapeutic and treatment approaches for persons with mental, emotional problems and drug and alcohol addictions.
  • Scope, availability, and activities of community resources
  • Current trends in mental health, public health, alcohol and drug services, and social services, including State and Federal programs in these areas.

Ability to: 
  • Perform counseling and psychotherapy of a complex nature with clients, families and groups.
  • Develop and maintain the cooperation and effective working relationships of mentally and emotionally disturbed patients and families.
  • Analyze case information and make sound clinical assessments, diagnosis and decisions regarding treatment methodologies, client progress, and case development.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of client information.
  • Interact with clients in a therapeutic effective manner.
  • Participates as a member of a therapeutic team.
  • Provide work direction, coordination, training, and consultation for new professional, paraprofessional staff and student interns.
  • Organize data, develop information, and prepare clear, concise, comprehensive records and reports.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the general public co-workers and those contacted during the course of work.
  • Ability to engage in a diverse population as demonstrated by sustaining a 65% direct service ratio.
  • Problem solve and manage fiscal considerations impacting clientele as directly related to Mental Health insurance coverage.
  • Manage, organize and sustain time efficiency.
  • Write in a clear, concise and focused manner.