County of Santa BarbaraGoleta 93110
Full Time

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.

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Behavioral Wellness Practitioner I/ii

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week 4444 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93110, United States



If you applied to this position before 5:00 pm on Friday, December 16, 2022 your application is still under consideration for the position and you do not need to re-apply.

SALARYPractitioner I:  $83,031.89 - $99,728.85 Annually Practitioner II: $86,509.04 - $103,976.14 Annually 

Bilingual allowance when applicable

Special Duty Assignment allowance when regularly assigned to a Psychiatric Health Facility.

We are accepting applications to fill multiple 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.
Founded in 1962, it is the mission of the Department of Behavioral Wellness to promote the prevention of and recovery from mental illness and addiction 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 values:
  • 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 administration
  • Wellness modeled for our clients at all levels; i.e., staff who regularly arrive at the workplace healthy, energetic and resilient
  • Safety for everyone
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THE POSITION: 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 conditions.
NOTE: For program details refer to the supplemental questionnaire.
The Ideal Candidate will:
  • Have excellent oral and written communication. 
  • Work with clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. 
  • 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 health facility). 
Examples of Duties
  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Confers with and advises clients' relatives to secure their understanding of and cooperation in treatment and rehabilitation programs. 
  5. Cooperates and works with other agencies and practitioners regarding mutual clientele. 
  6. Educates clients and their families regarding their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and rehabilitation process. 
  7. Manages the care of clients by assessing and referring them to public and private providers and monitoring their progress. 
  8. Assists clients to obtain stable housing, physical health care, benefits and entitlements, and to learn basic living skills. 
  9. Participates in quality assurance and program evaluation studies. 
Employment Standards

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) listed below: 

  1. 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 application.

LPCC Applicants: A minimum of (6) hours of continuing education (CE) specific to marriage and family therapy during each license renewal cycle. 
  1. 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 math.
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.