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Trinity County
Employment Opportunity


$4,665.93 – $5,671.46 / Month
$26.91 – $32.71 / Hourly

This is a fulltime, benefitted position
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Under general direction, to provide assessments, diagnoses, prognoses, counseling and psychotherapeutic treatment for Behavioral Health Department clients; to assist with education and training for other staff, community agencies, and the public; and to do related work as required.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)

Meets with individuals, families, and groups in clinic, home, and community settings to develop client centered service plans; provides direction for client behavioral health and community activities; assists clients with understanding their problems and developing plans to resolve them; advises clients on available community resources and serves as a liaison with organizations and service agencies; makes referrals and other arrangements for client treatment and service; works with clients families to secure their cooperation in treatment programs; develops, conducts, and participates in training programs including the teaching of diagnosis and treatment methods for other Department and community agency staffs; serves as a consultant for other behavioral health personnel; prepares and present  progress reports on assigned cases; cooperates with professionals from other disciplines in the development of team and collaborative diagnoses and treatment programs; develops recommendations for  discharge and follow-up treatment planning for clients and their families; may provide some   direction and training for paraprofessional staff; may maintain rosters and records of patients in continuing care programs.

Desirable Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles, techniques and trends in counseling, psychotherapy, and various treatment modalities.

Biological, behavioral and environmental aspects of emotional disturbances, mental disabilities, and substance abuse.

The scope and activities of public and private health and welfare agencies and other available community resources.

Methods used in identification of clients’ individual, social, and behavioral problems and their analysis and resolution in existing social contexts.

Legislative and administrative rules and regulations pertaining to Lanterman-Petris-Short and Short-Doyle services.

Ability to:

Assist with and perform psychiatric social work and psychotherapy for Behavioral Health Department clients.

Develop and maintain cooperative, constructive relationships with families of clients, members of other professional disciplines, social agencies, and other staff.

Develop clear and comprehensive case records and documentation.

Prepare treatment plans, client treatment recommendations, and a variety of reports.

Organize and manage a caseload.

Understand a therapist’s role and deal with clients in a variety of circumstances and settings in accordance with professional standards and ethics.

Conceptualize and prioritize the difficulties of persons experiencing severe and persistent mental health symptoms, determining their needs and recommending appropriate treatment modalities.

Integrate a variety of clinical approaches into a unified treatment plan.

Recognize potential crises and deliver crisis intervention services.

Handle stress and unstable client behavior.

Assist with training others in theories, practices and techniques of behavioral health services.

Effectively represent the Behavioral Health Department in contacts with clients, the public, community organizations, other County staff, and other government agencies.

Training and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Some professional experience working in mental health counseling, psychotherapy, and related social services in a public or certified private welfare or health agency is highly desirable.

Equivalent to a Master’s degree in psychology, social work, marriage and family counseling, or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Special Requirements:
Ability to obtain a license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or as a Marriage and Family Counselor issued by the State of California.

Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s License.

Supplemental Information


Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk;  normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 25 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.


Work is performed in an office, clinic, home, or community environment; work is performed with people who may exhibit unstable and potentially violent behavior; continuous contact with other staff and the public.

Salary Information:
June 2022 Salary Range
Mental Health Clinician I:
$4,417.60 – $5,369.62 / Month
$25.48 – $30.97 / Hour

Updated Salary Range July 1, 2022
Mental Health Clinician I:
$4,665.93 – $5,671.46 / Month
$26.91 – $32.71 / Hour


NOTE: All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications established for this position may not be invited to an oral interview. In the event a large number of candidates qualify, those individuals with experience which most closely meets the needs of the County will be invited for an interview.
WAIVER: The contents of this announcement shall not be construed to constitute any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee, nor shall it constitute a contract or offer of employment. Trinity County assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the position description and the actual duties of the job, nor does it assume responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained herein. The provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect for the appropriate unit of representation.
PERS ANNUITANTS: Retirees of PERS are welcome to apply, if selected for the position they would be required to reinstate to employment.
Ability to obtain a license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or as a Marriage and Family Counselor issued by the State of California.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Master's
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Drug Testing / Screening
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 26.91
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 32.71