County of NapaNapa 94558
Full Time

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

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Mental Health Counselor- Licensed/registered Intern- Afsp

County of Napa
Full Time Napa County Health & Human Services, 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr, Napa, CA 94558, United States


This position is assigned to the Adult Full Service Partnership unit in Mental Health at Napa County.  Adult Full Service Partnership provides wraparound services assisting homeless mentally ill and other at-risk adult individuals to obtain and maintain housing and to work toward recovery.  In general, this unit offers comprehensive and intensive community based case management services assisting individuals to engage in their own recovery and linkage to services that further individual recovery and stability.  Being bilingual in Spanish is preferred but not required. 


Mental Health Counselor - Unlicensed Registered Associate
$45.18 - $53.87 Hourly
$3,614.40 - $4,309.60 Biweekly
$7,831.20 - $9,337.46 Monthly
$93,974.40 - $112,049.60 Annually 

Mental Health Counselor - Licensed
$46.79 - $55.89 Hourly
$3,743.20 - $4,471.20 Biweekly
$8,110.26 - $9,687.60 Monthly
$97,323.20 - $116,251.20 Annually

The Recruitment Process:

1.  Applications will be accepted on-line on a continuous basis until the current position is filled.

2. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, for verification of possession of one of the required licenses and supplemental questions scored.

3. The most qualified candidates from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview on a continuous basis until the current vacancy is filled. 

The Human Resources Department reserves the right to make changes to the recruitment process and schedule at any time.

Example of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Conduct clinical intake interviews with new program participants to obtain information relative to their request for therapeutic services; prepare assessments including diagnoses, determining an individual's developmental, medical, personal, social, emotional, behavioral and substance use/abuse history; determining mental health status and any acute and/or chronic mental health needs that meet medical necessity for mental health services; assess for level of danger to self or others and refer for crisis services when appropriate; work collaboratively with individuals and families to facilitate a client determined plan of care including specific goals and objectives; provide clinical casework services to individuals including case management, making appropriate referrals for agency and community based services, housing and other supports for activities of daily living; conduct individual, dyadic, family or group therapy, and other clinically directed mental health services in the various Health and Human Services programs; provide crisis intervention and supportive individual counseling on issues related to specific mental health conditions and mental health treatment, understanding medication management, substance abuse, co-morbid conditions, etc.; interpret and explain to clients, relatives, support persons and community groups the social and emotional factors pertaining to mental illness, how behaviors may be related to mental illness and how wellness may be supported; interpret, evaluate and apply modern evidence based and other methods of alleviating emotional and behavioral challenges; use outcome measures to track effectiveness of treatment efforts;  maintain contacts with agencies and community groups dealing with developmental, social, emotional, educational, health, substance abuse, child welfare and legal/probation issues; prepare reports, correspondence, outcome surveys and maintain timely documentation including: assessments, diagnoses, wellness and recovery plans, treatment progress notes, progress reports, discharge summaries, incident reports and other data.

Typical Qualifications


Principles, practices, techniques, trends and literature of clinical interviewing, casework, diagnosis and assessment, wellness and recovery, and client directed care.

Theories, principles and techniques of individual, dyadic, family and group counseling and therapy, and other clinical methodologies appropriate for treatment of targeted populations, including evidence based practices.

Techniques of evaluating and modifying behavior.

Planning, development and implementation of comprehensive client directed wellness plans.

Culturally specific/effective approaches to working with diverse cultural populations.

Report preparation and case documentation.

Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations governing mental health, substance abuse, child abuse and elder abuse.

Public and private health, mental health substance abuse and social services community resources.


Conduct accurate and thorough interviews, which involve assessing client status, history, chemical dependency and related mental health information.

Prepare diagnosis and assessments of mental and emotional disorders.

Formulate, implement and monitor casework treatment plans.

Conduct individual, dyadic, family and group counseling (psychotherapy) and other clinically base mental health services.

Collect, interpret and utilize feedback data to maximize effectiveness of services.

Prepare complex and detailed reports and maintain the reports.

Understand, interpret and apply complex mental health technical materials and applicable laws, codes and regulations.

Make appropriate referrals to other providers for mental health services.

Understand impact of cultural, gender, socio-economic status and trauma on the manifestation of emotional distress, mental illness and maladaptive behaviors.

Engage and collaborate effectively with individuals of various ages and socio-economic backgrounds, cultural groups and those with physical, behavioral and/or emotional challenges.

Establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, children, community and agency representatives, County employees and the public.


Work in a standard office setting as well as in the field, client homes, treatment programs etc.

Use repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including using a computer keyboard.

Communicate verbally and in writing, in English, to exchange information.

Mental Health Counselor – Licensed


Two years supervised experience in a mental health setting providing direct services to mentally or emotionally disabled persons, including dual diagnosis and addiction concerns for those assigned to the substance abuse setting.



Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, clinical or counseling psychology, or a closely related field.

Required License:

Current license by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners as either a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or **Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); OR Current license by the State of California as a Licensed Psychologist.

Loss of the required State license may result in termination or reassignment.

**Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) must include the additional training and education to treat couples or families, as required under BPC section 4999.20(a)(3)(A).***

Mental Health Counselor – Unlicensed Registered Intern
Two years experience in the provision of mental health counseling services.

Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in social work, Marriage and Family Counseling, clinical psychology, counseling, or a closely related field and registration by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.
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Incumbent in this position is expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to assignments and hours worked, public transportation may not be an efficient method for traveling to required locations. Individuals appointed will be required to maintain a valid California Driver's License while employed.


Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.