Behavioral Wellness Practitioner I
Company: County of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: May 15, 2022
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County of Santa Barbara - All locations, CA
SALARY $35.90 - $43.12 Hourly$74,923.43 - $89,988.27 Annually
Bilingual allowance when applicable Special Duty Assignment
allowance when regularly assigned to a Psychiatric Health Facility
We are accepting applications to fill three (3) full-time vacancies
in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc. The current vacancies are
in the Behavioral Wellness Department.
We are accepting applications to establish one employment list to
fill full-time, part-time and Extra Help Practitioner I vacancies
at each location. You must check "All Locations" on the application
and must be willing to accept an assignment at any location. The
selected candidate may need to travel between different sites
within Santa Barbara County. The operational area may include:
Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Mara,
and Santa Ynez.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
Founded in 1962, it is the mission of the Department of Behavioral
Wellness to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction
and mental illness among individuals, families and communities, by
providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art,
culturally competent services. The Department provides treatment,
rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental
illness and substance use disorders annually through its
professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted
Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers. The Department's
decisions and service delivery are guided by the following
- Quality services for persons of all ages with mental illness
and/or substance abuse
- Integrity in individual and organizational actions
- Dignity, respect, and compassion for all persons
- Active involvement of clients and families in treatment,
recovery, and policy development
- Diversity throughout our organization and cultural competency
in service delivery
- A system of care and recovery that is clearly defined and
promotes recovery and resiliency
- Emphasis on prevention and treatment
- Teamwork among department employees in an atmosphere that is
respectful and creative
- Continuous quality improvement in service delivery and
- Wellness modeled for our clients at all levels; i.e., staff who
regularly arrive at the workplace healthy, energetic and
- Safety for everyoneFor more information, please visit:
The candidate selected for this position will, under direction,
assess, diagnose, counsel, and provide psychotherapeutic treatment,
rehabilitation, and care coordination for seriously emotionally
disturbed children and adolescents, and seriously and persistently
mentally ill adults; and performs related duties as required.
Candidates may be appointed at the I or II level, depending on the
candidate's qualifications and the needs of the department.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in these classes work
within a system of interdisciplinary departmental teams and/or
contract service agencies providing assessment, prevention,
intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via
an integrated service delivery system to people with alcohol and
other drug-related problems, mental illness, and/or co-occurring
NOTE: For program details refer to the supplemental
The Ideal Candidatewill:
- Have excellent oral and written communication.
- Work with clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental
- Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Have proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office.
- Have experience with electronic health records.
- Have the ability to read, write, converse fluently in English
and Spanish (preferred for some positions).
- Have experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental
health program (when applying for a position at the psychiatric
Examples of Duties
- Interviews potential clients to assess needs for mental health
services or referral elsewhere; counsels or provides
psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals,
couples, or members of a family to assist them in achieving
productive social adjustments, reducing the impact of disabling
disorders, and facilitating their achievement of living,
vocational, recreational, and interpersonal goals.
- Documents clinical activity presenting diagnostic and interview
findings, clinical evaluations, and recommendations; as a member of
an interdisciplinary team, reviews diagnosis and treatment plans of
clinical staff; may act as a case manager by coordinating
appropriate types of service.
- Provides crisis counseling in the field, int the office for
individuals experiencing acute episodes; evaluates patients, and
arranges for voluntary or involuntary admission to facilities for
observation and treatment.
- Confers with and advises clients' relatives to secure their
understanding of and cooperation in treatment and rehabilitation
- Cooperates and works with other agencies and practitioners
regarding mutual clientele.
- Educates clients and their families regarding their diagnosis,
prognosis, treatment, and rehabilitation process.
- Manages the care of clients by assessing and referring them to
public and private providers and monitoring their progress.
- Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health care,
benefits and entitlements, and to learn basic living skills.
- Participates in quality assurance and program evaluation
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must
provide detailed information on their application to demonstrate
how they meet the employment standards (minimum qualifications)
- Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) issued by the
California Board of Behavioral Sciences.Professional Licensure:
Applicants must possess licensure in their profession from the
California Board of Behavioral Sciences at the time of
LPCC Applicants: A minimum of (6) hours of continuing education
(CE) specific to marriage and family therapy during each license
- Driver's License: Independent travel is required for some
positions in this class. A valid Driver's License is required at
the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's
License is required at the time of appointment. Knowledge of:
assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, counseling, and psychotherapeutic
treatment of marriage, family, and child relationship dysfunctions;
methods of developing and implementing a treatment plan; human
service delivery system; current trends in the field of mental
health; laws and regulations applicable to mental health; and basic
Ability to: perform effective counseling and psychotherapy with
individuals, families, and groups; develop and maintain cooperative
relationships with clients' families, members of other professional
disciplines, social service agencies, and co-workers; relate
professionally with persons with serious mental disorders; identify
and utilize community resources; prepare and present clear and
concise oral and written reports.
- Fingerprinting for the purpose of a criminal record check as
authorized by Section 16501 of the California Welfare and
Institutions Code and Section 11105.3 of the California Penal Code
may be required for some positions.
- Finalists for positions in this class will be required to pass
a pre-offer, job-related background investigation.APPLICATION &
- Review applications and supplemental questionnaire to determine
those applicants who meet the employment standards.
- Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking: Candidates' response to the
required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored.
Candidates' final score and rank on the employment list will be
determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than fifteen (15)
qualified candidates. Applicants must receive a percentage score of
at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire to be placed on an
employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on
factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are
successful in the selection process will have their names placed on
the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the
employment list is established, all candidates will receive written
notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list,
and exact duration of the employment list.
Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has
been made, candidate will be required to successfully complete a
background check, which includes a conviction history check, and
satisfactory reference checks. Appointee will be subject to a
post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must
satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.
Veteran's Preference Points: Veteran's preference credit is
applicable for this recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points
for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be
applying for this position within five years from your most recent
date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or,
(2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment
and confinement were for a disability incurred during active
military service; or, (3) completion of education or training
funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit
exists for veterans with 30% or more disability. To receive
veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's
Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2)
submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department
on or before the application date, and (3) pass all phases of the
examination process. The preference points will be added to your
final test score.
Recruiters will communicate with applicant by e-mail during each
step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check
spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection
Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required
BENEFITS: For more information on County of Santa Barbara benefits
click HERE or visit the Benefits Tab above. Additionally,
applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for
retirement reciprocity and time and service credit towards an
advanced vacation accrual rate.
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT
The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and
sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion
everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County
believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in
policies, institutional practices and systems. The County
recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed
to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx,
Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other
diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where
society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and
health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive,
enabling all people to participate and reach their full
We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion
and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to
build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the
communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity
employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law
and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.
We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's
mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future."
Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to
deliver our best to all our community members.
Disaster Service Worker: Pursuant to Governmental code section
3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared
to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service.
Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by
Vaccination Verification and Testing: This position may be subject
to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding
vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring
department for more information.
APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Open until
filled. Applications received by January 10, at 4:59 PM PST will
receive first consideration. Applications and job bulletins can be
obtained 24 hours a day at www.sbcountyjobs.com.
Jeffrey Mariano, Assistant Human Resources Manager - Behavioral
Wellness Department; email@example.com.
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