Clinical Social Worker I (#RS3041)
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$34.50-$41.94 Hourly / $5,980.27-$7,269.05 Monthly / $71,763.27-$87,228.70 Yearly


Under direction, performs professional casework in a mental health or acute general hospital setting; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry level of clinical social workers whose assignments require advanced social work skills and techniques designed to restore or improve individual physical, mental or emotional functioning.


  • Interviews patients and relatives to collect and compile extensive social case histories for use by medical staff in diagnosis and determination of treatment and for use by social service personnel in related case work.
  • Participates in diagnostic and technical staff conferences with other disciplines for treatment planning; interprets recommendations to patients and families.
  • Implements intensive social work treatment with individuals, families and/or groups; may participate in collaborative treatment with professional members of other disciplines or other agencies.
  • Makes pre-release evaluations; evaluates suitability of environment to which the patient will be released; makes appropriate recommendations.
  • Acts as liaison among the patient, hospital, family, and community agencies; interprets patient's needs and problems; assists patients in adjustment to new situations.
  • Participates in training programs, including the teaching of social diagnosis and treatment methods, conducted for public and private community and social agencies.
  • May provide consultation to other disciplines regarding case histories, patient's progress, plans for patient rehabilitation and related casework activities.
  • Maintains records; prepares reports; writes correspondence.
  • Participates in in-service training programs; may attend seminars or participate in coursework in order to develop and/or maintain professional skills.


Education:  Master's Degree from an accredited school of social work.

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license.

Special Requirements:  (1) Must be eligible for waiver of licensing requirements for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) set by the State of California Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 5600.2. Generally, LCSW candidates have three years to obtain their license, commencing with the date of employment in a job that requires licensure. Out of state candidates who are eligible for licensure have two consecutive opportunities to pass the California exam before they are no longer within the waiver period. (2) Must be registered or eligible for registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners for the purpose of accumulating supervised hours toward qualification for licensure and must notify the Board within 30 days of employment of their intent to gain such experience.


Principles, practices and techniques of social casework; social and psychological aspects of physical and mental illnesses and current modern methods of treatment; social work placement methods and practices; values and standards of other health care professionals.


Establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients, families, physicians, social agencies, and others; prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive social casework records; analyze data and make appropriate conclusions; recognize and differentiate psychological and social problems within the individual; select interventions appropriate to patient'' problem; summarize and describe patient's problems to other health professionals.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RS3041; EST: 9/11/1985; REV: 6/18/1990;