PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER II

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • May 22, 2019
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $71,501.52 - $88,823.04 Annually

Job Description



Law Office of the Los Angeles County
PUBLIC DEFENDER

EXAM NUMBER
L9035D

FILING DATES
January 26, 2012 until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure at any time without prior notice.

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
DEPARTMENTAL PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY

Restricted to permanent employees of the Office of the Public Defender who have successfully completed their initial probationary period.

NO OUT-OF-CLASS EXPERIENCE OR VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE LETTERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

WITHHOLD INFORMATION
Permanent employees who have completed their initial probationary period and hold a qualifying payroll title may file for this examination if they are within six (6) months of meeting the experience requirements by the last day of filing.

Current employees in the unclassified service who meet the following criteria also qualify to participate in this exam:
  • Unclassified employees who have attained permanent County status on a classified position by successful completion of the initial probationary period, with no break in service since leaving the classified service.
  • Full-time employees in the unclassified service with at least six months of full-time experience in the unclassified service at the time of filing or by the last day of filing.
DEFINITION
Performs a wide variety of professional social work services for persons suffering from severe mental and emotional disturbances; and assists clients and their families in understanding and finding solutions to complex problems that lead to and result from mental illness and severe emotional disturbances.
Essential Job Functions
The Psychiatric Social Worker II will work with Deputy Public Defender attorneys in each of the ten juvenile branches offices to identify clients with biopsychosocial needs/problems: Essential Job Functions will include:

Interviews clients and/or their families to obtain biopsychosocial history.
Makes an assessment of the client functioning in his/her environmental setting.

Establishes a dispositional plan designed to address the underlying biopsychosocial issues.

Develops a dispositional plan which may include referral to resources to address the biopsychosocial issues to include substance abuse, mental health, anger management, educational resources, vocational resources, or intellectually-disabled resources.

Provides crisis-intervention to clients, families, and significant others.

Interviews clients in crisis to assist stabilization and utilizes crisis intervention techniques to insure that the client receives the appropriate level of care.

Assists clients, families, and significant others in understanding the mental health problem and their reactions to the problem, accepting the need for treatment, working toward the solution of the problem and stresses interfering with treatment or social functioning, modifying unrealistic attitudes and strengthening clients and families and significant others toward gaining their acceptance of participation in treatment recommendations.

Testifies as a forensic social work expert in court.

Participates in social work student affiliate programs for training professional social work students through case assignments and technical instructions; assesses and evaluates students' progress and professional development.

Participates in multi-disciplinary team conferences to advocate for services to address the biopsychosocial issues of clients.

Participates in providing in-service training to social work and attorney staff, as needed.

Conducts research to increase knowledge of the forensic social work field.

Communicates clinical knowledge through report writing and oral presentations to the Court and community-based organizations.

Requirements
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
A valid and active license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences.

PHYSICAL CLASS
2 - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

LICENSE
A valid and active license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences. A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

SPECIALTY REQUIREMENTS:
Candidates must attach a copy of their valid and active license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences at the time of filing.

Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT
The examination will consist of an evaluation of experience weighted 50% and an Appraisal of Promotability weighted 50%. The Appraisal of Promotability will evaluate the following:
  • Psychiatric Social Worker Skills and Knowledge;
  • Written and Oral Communication, and Computer Skills
  • Problem Solving, Decision-Making, and Advocacy for Clients;
  • Personal and Public Relations; and
  • Work Habits and Attitudes.
Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be placed on the eligible register.

VACANCY INFORMATION

The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Office of the Public Defender. Appointees to this position must be able and willing to work in any area of Los Angeles County and may be subject to transfer at any time.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in this examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their scoring group for a period of twelve (12) months. Passing this examination and being placed on the eligible register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

RETAKE: No person may compete for this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.

AVAILABLE SHIFT: Any

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION
APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY. We must receive your application and additional documents, if any, by 5:00 p.m., PST, by the last day of filing. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted.

Note: If you are unable to attach required documents, you may fax them to (213) 633-5032 Oor email them to rcruz@pubdef.lacounty.gov within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing online or by 5 p.m., PST, on the last day of filing, whichever comes first. Please include exam number and exam title.

Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting. You can also track the status of your application using the web site.

All information is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Fill out your application and Job Specific Questionnaire (if any) completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job.

Fill out your application completely. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning, and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work performed, and salary earned. If your application is incomplete, it will be rejected.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
All applicants MUST enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

California Relay Service Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Email: aguerrero@pubdef.lacounty.gov
Department Contact Name: Ramon Cruz
Department Contact Phone: (213) 974-2960
Department Contact Email: rcruz@pubdef.lacounty.gov


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