County of Alameda

Youth and Family Services Therapist I (#6501)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Related to SEIU 616 (039)
$25.91-$31.50 Hourly / $1,943.25-$2,362.50 BiWeekly /
$4,210.38-$5,118.75 Monthly / $50,524.50-$61,425.00 Yearly

Under close supervision, to receive training and experience in the provision of psychological, therapeutic and clinical services to the clientele of the Sheriff’s Youth and Family Services Bureau, and to do related work as required.


Positions in this class are unique to the Youth and Family Services Bureau of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Incumbents are participants in a part-time or short-term program conducted in accordance with applicable board licensing authority regulations governing the training of Marriage and Family Therapist Interns (MFTI), Associate Social Workers (ASW) or Psychological Assistants. Board regulations require that individuals participating in this program be registered as an MFT Intern or an Associate Social Worker with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, as a Psychological Assistant with the California Board of Psychology, or qualify as an MFT Trainee who is currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in a field approved for MFT licensure by the Board.

The Youth and Family Services Therapist I is the trainee-level class in this series. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Youth and Family Services Therapist II, in that the latter is an entry-level class in which incumbents are licensed and act independently to provide a wide range of clinical, counseling and referral services under general supervision.

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. Under the guidance of licensed staff, provides crisis intervention, referrals and individual, conjoint, and group therapy to a small caseload of at-risk children, adolescents, adults who are victims of crime, trauma, abuse, who may be involved in the criminal justice system, and/or who are suffering from mental health disorders, and their families.

2. Participates with full-time professional staff in ongoing clinical case conferences.

3. Receives individual clinical supervision, evaluation and mentoring from a qualified licensed clinician.

4. Documents the hours providing clinical care.


Possession of a Master’s or Doctoral degree or current enrollment in a Master’s or Doctoral program from an approved and 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 registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Associate Social Worker or Psychological Assistant from the applicable licensing authority: California Board of Behavioral Sciences or California Board of Psychology; or eligibility as described by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to act as an MFT Trainee.


Some positions in this class may require possession of a valid California motor vehicle driver’s license.

Special Requirements:

Prospective appointees must pass a comprehensive background investigation conducted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office prior to appointment to positions in this class.

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:

• Theory, principles and techniques of psychotherapy, case management and crisis intervention.
• Child, adolescent and family development; normal and abnormal psychology.
• Local community mental health and social service resources.

Ability to:

• Develop and maintain effective therapeutic client relationships.
• Work effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse, at-risk and low income populations.
• Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
• Understand and follow oral and written directions.
• Adapt to and function effectively within a highly structured law enforcement environment

Newspec: 6501.doc
DS:cs 8/5/10
CSC Date: 8/25/10
RE:cs Revised/retitled 7/17/13
Old Title: Youth and Family Services Intern
CSC Date: 8/7/13
MY:cs Revised 8/21/14
CSC Date: 9/17/14


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

  • 11 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.