County of Alameda

Youth and Family Services Therapist (#6498)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Social Workers (005)
$53.34-$61.47 Hourly / $4,000.50-$4,610.25 BiWeekly /
$8,667.75-$9,988.88 Monthly / $104,013.00-$119,866.50 Yearly


Under general direction, in a law enforcement environment, provides crisis intervention; provides referrals based on risks and needs; provides psychotherapy for youth, families, inmates, and individuals experiencing conflicts, mental health symptoms, crisis and trauma; gathers and presents case history data; provides clinical and case management services, mental health, risks, needs and environmental assessments ; and performs related duties as required.


Positions allocated to this class are located in the Youth and Family Services Bureau (YFSB) of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Work assignments, professional guidance and mentoring directed toward development of professional abilities are received from the Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist and/or from the Youth and Family Services Supervisor.

Youth and Family Services Therapist is the journey-level class in this series. Incumbents in this class are licensed clinicians and perform duties involving considerable latitude and independence of judgment under minimal supervision. The Youth and Family Services Therapist provides direct clinical, counseling and referral services to the Bureau’s clientele, within the scope of the Bureau’s objectives.   Additionally, incumbents may receive guidance in the appropriate handling of criminal cases involving offenders and their families from the Youth and Family Services Manager, a Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant, and/or Captain.

This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist in that the latter is certified to provide clinical supervision to interns and associates.


NOTE:   The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.  


1.  Provides crisis intervention services to offenders and their families, individuals and couples including issues with domestic violence, juvenile misdemeanors, first time offenders, juvenile/adult victims of crime, sexual/physical abuse, and youth exhibiting at-risk behavior.   

2.  Provides psychotherapy, diversion counseling, and case management services to client(s), including families, couples, individuals and groups.  

3.  Interviews clients and families to gather social and psychiatric data. Prepares mental health and environmental case histories for use in diagnosis. Participates in the development of psychological treatment programs and case planning for clients.  

4.  Guides clients in understanding their respective problems and the contributing personal, social, and economic factors. Assists clients in developing realistic treatment plans to resolve problems and address their mental health symptoms. Advises clients on community resources; and makes referrals or other arrangements for them as necessary based on client’s risks and needs.  

5.  Works with families of clients to elicit their cooperation in treatment programs or commitment proceedings; collaborates with community agencies as required to assist clients with their treatment plans and in coping with environmental needs such as housing, medical care, and employment.  

6.  Serves as formal or informal liaison with other mental health professionals and service providers including courts, schools, private therapists, hospitals, probation and other agencies to advocate for and support clients and their families.  

7.  Prepares reports, case summaries and correspondence.  Documents hours providing clinical care.  Maintains clinical files for clients which includes case notes, intake, assessments, treatment plans, and other clinical documentation. Prepares monthly statistics and Time Surveys for tracking time spent related to Medi-Cal Administrative Activities.  

8.  Attends staff conferences and individual/group training sessions.  Presents case history for review and discussion with other staff members for the purpose of developing case plans.  

9.  Provides support and brief counseling services to law enforcement personnel in child physical and sexual abuse intake, investigation and follow-up, crisis intervention and juvenile custody proceedings.  

10.  At the request of law enforcement staff and at the direction of the Lead Therapist or Supervisor, responds to family dispute calls and other in-field emergency situations.  

11.  Provides support and counseling to department staff in crisis situations e.g., death of an officer or death notifications.  

12.  Consults regularly with the Youth and Family Services Lead Therapist and/or the Youth and Family Services Supervisor to obtain guidance and direction concerning professional activities or problems.

13.  Consults with and receives guidance from the YFSB Lieutenant and/or Captain and other sworn members of the Sheriff’s Office concerning the appropriate handling of criminal cases.  

14.  Consults with persons of other disciplines, senior professional Bureau staff and sworn members whenever an especially difficult or atypical situation occurs.  

15.  Performs other related duties as required.



Possession of a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in social work, marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, counseling or a closely related field.  



Possession of a valid clinical license in Marriage or Family Therapy (LMFT), Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Clinical Psychology, or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), issued by the applicable licensing authority: California Board of Behavioral Sciences or California Board of Psychology.  

Some positions in this class may require possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.  


Special Requirements:  

In compliance with the Administrative Simplification provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), employees in this classification are required to possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number prior to the first day of employment.  

Prior to appointment to this class, prospective appointees must pass a comprehensive background investigation conducted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.  

Incumbents in this class must be able to work effectively in an environment in which they may encounter sensitive/confidential information and data that may contain explicit or disturbing content.  


NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:   The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.  


Knowledge of:  

  • Crisis intervention and intake procedures.
  • The theory, principles and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Social, emotional and behavioral aspects of mental disorders, emotional disturbances and at-risk behavior characteristics exhibited by youth.
  • Principles of maturation, social adjustment, human/child development, normal and abnormal behavior, general psychology.
  • Psychotherapy, diversion counseling, case management and other methods of counseling, including but not limited to therapy with children, adolescents, families, adults, couples, and groups.
  • Community resources in the field of mental health.  


Ability to:  

  • Function effectively in a highly structured law enforcement environment and adhere to established policy, procedure and protocol.
  • Apply clinical and case management principles and concepts.
  • Secure and systematically record accurate social and personal data.
  • Maintain necessary statistics and prepare comprehensive statistical reports.
  • Develop effective and productive therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Work effectively with law enforcement coworkers in the handling of dispute and/or crisis calls.
  • Utilize community resources in case management.
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships and work effectively with others.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


KU:pf 6/18/02

Newspec:  6498.doc

CSC Date:   3/26/03

LN:po  Revised 11/30/06

CSC Date:   5/21/2008

DS:po  Revised 8/6/09

CSC Date:  9/9/09

RE:cs  Revised/retitled 7/17/13

Old Title:  Youth and Family Services Therapist

CSC Date:   8/7/13

MY:cs Revised  2/10/15

CSC Date: 2/18/15

AM:jf Revised/Retitled 4/26/18

Old Title: Youth and Family Services Therapist

CSC Date: 10/24/2018


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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