Job Type

Full Time


Details: $69,201 - $97,032 / Annually




Redwood City
United States



Bilingual English/Spanish

$69,201 - $97,032 Annually


The San Mateo County Health System's Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker/Marriage & Family Therapist I/II - Bilingual Spanish Required- Canyon Oaks Youth Center. Psychiatric Social Workers/Marriage and Family Therapists, under general supervision, provide specialized psychiatric casework counseling and therapy services to either children and adolescents or seriously mentally ill adults in community or inpatient settings; provide individual and group therapeutic counseling and case management services to clients having basic and/or severe emotional, family and/or social adjustment problems; and may supervise graduate interns.

The current vacancy is full-time at the Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC) located at 400 Edmonds Road, Redwood City, CA, 94062. 

This Clinician will be focused on recovery for adolescent clients with co-occurring issues of mental illness and substance use disorder; will provide assessment and individual therapy as needed; complete required County documentation, in compliance with Medi-Cal and/or Special Education requirements; plan, create and implement co-occurring/psycho-education groups for the youth; provide mental health consultation to the Residential Counselors who are working with the residents within the milieu, and to the teachers working with the residents in the on-site school; occasionally transport clients to various destinations, such as field trips and off-site appointments; provide basic care and supervision to clients, as needed on an emergent basis, when called upon; and participate, on occasion, as a team member in the physical containment of self-harming and/or assaultive clients, as the situation demands.


The position is flexibly scheduled within a 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday, as the expectation is that incumbent will accommodate the needs of client families and therefore conduct sessions outside of business hours one to two evenings per week. 

The ideal candidate for the Canyon Oaks Youth Center Therapist position will have direct experience working as a therapist in an adolescent residential treatment setting; extensive experience with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance use; and experience working with a variety of interagency partners and is successful at fostering collaborative relationships with our referral agencies and adjunctive service providers so that the mutual needs of the client and interagency partners are met in all aspects of service planning and provision. Additionally, will have flexibility and ability to be responsive to the scheduling needs of our client families; the ability to tolerate and manage the stress of working with clients who are at times physically threatening and verbally abusive, while maintaining a therapeutic stance with the client; strong written and verbal communication skills; and experience and enjoyment in working within a large and diverse multi-disciplinary team requiring a high-level of communication and coordination with fellow staff members. Due to the nature of our clients' presenting problems and the needs of our various interagency partners, a Canyon Oaks Therapist must be comfortable with "expecting the unexpected" and readily shifting priorities as the situation calls for.


IMPORTANT: (COYC) is a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program and by law, requires employees to obtain and maintain security clearance and be bondable. Any prior criminal conviction since your 18th birthday (excluding marijuana-related offenses that are older than two years as listed in the California Labor Code 432.8) will result in a denial of your security clearance by the Community Care Licensing agency. While in some circumstances an employer may obtain a waiver of conviction from the licensing agency, Behavioral Health has a policy against obtaining such waivers/exemptions for perspective employees. In addition, Behavioral Health will not accept such waivers/exemptions obtained from the licensing agency by applicants in any other manner. Community Care Licensing also requires providers working in this facility to maintain 40 hours of annual training related to the field, most of which are provided by the facility. Clinicians will also need to be trained in Professional Assault Crisis Training model (Pro-Act) upon hire.

Psychiatric Social Worker I is the trainee level class in this series. Initially under immediate supervision, incumbents perform routine duties while working to achieve their State licensure. This class is flexibly staffed with Psychiatric Social Worker II and incumbents are expected to advance to the higher level after gaining experience, demonstrating the required proficiency and acquiring the necessary State licensure.

Psychiatric Social Worker II is the journey level class in this series. Under general supervision, incumbents provide specialized psychiatric casework counseling and therapy services to children and adolescents or seriously mentally ill adults in community or inpatient settings. Employees are expected to exercise independent judgment based on their professional training and provide direction and assistance to PSWs I and graduate interns.



PSW I - current California registration as a Clinical Social Worker Associate (ASW) or MFT I - current California Registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF). Individuals hired in these classifications must become licensed within three years from the date of employment as a Clinical Social Worker or Marriage and Family Therapist by the State of California.

PSW II - current California license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or MFT II - current California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT).


Minimum qualifications include a Master's degree in Social Work, Social Welfare or a closely related field.


Final Date for Filing: September 11, 2018


To learn more about the position and to apply online, please visit our website at Applications are only accepted online. EOE

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement