Registered Behavioral Health Clinician - Residential Therapeutic Program

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on February 9, 2024
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Position Information


Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon Children's Center's Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program is seeking Registered Behavioral Health Clinicians to join their team!

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Starting salary up to $49.46/hour ($103,228/year) and a competitive total compensation package!* PLUS a $15,000 Signing Bonus^  

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is recruiting to fill two time-limited Registered Behavioral Health Clinician positions.  The time-limited positions are funded through June 30, 2027. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary or intermittent) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified county employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. 

Note: These positions may also be filled by Licensed Behavioral Health Clinicians (Behavioral Health Clinicians), for which there is a separate, concurrent recruitment intended for individuals who are already licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences or Board of Psychology.

About the Positions

Working in the therapeutic setting, the Registered Behavioral Health Clinician will play a crucial role as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team at the Valley of the Moon Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP). They will offer recovery-oriented behavioral health interventions to children, youth, and their families directly under the supervision of professional behavioral health staff.  Additional responsibilities include: 

  • Interviewing youth, their families, and others involved individuals and agencies to collect and record social health, and mental health information for assessment and evaluation of treatment needs
  • Co-facilitating individual and group treatment in partnership with Residential Counselors
  • Planning, implementing, and providing individual, group, and family counseling  with adults and youth in a variety of settings
  • Developing, evaluating, and overseeing the implementation of treatment plans
  • Assisting youth and families with paperwork and enrollment procedures for various treatment and social support programs
  • Preparing and maintaining verbal and written reports such as charting observed behaviors, treatment plan objectives, progress reports, discharge summaries, incident reports, and other information in compliance with Medi-Cal requirements

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed care and credentials in evidence-based practices such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Understanding of Medi-Cal billing and coding requirements
  • The ability to problem-solve, negotiate, and adapt to client's needs
  • Proven ability to connect with a diverse youth population
  • Strong belief in individual growth, learning, and healing
  • Adaptability and flexibility in a fast-paced environment
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is desirable, but not required

What We Offer

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

  • Salary Advancement - A salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • Paid Time Off - Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County Paid Health Premium Contributions - 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • Staff Development/Wellness Pay - Annual benefit allowances of up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Post-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement - County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement - A pension fully integrated with Social Security
  • Paid Parental Leave - May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employment

^Hiring Incentives (New Full-Time and Part-Time Hires, Prorated Based on FTE)
The Department of Health Services is currently offering a $15,000 signing bonus paid over three installments during the first two years of service. 

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory. 

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.  The Civil Service title for this position is Behavioral Health Clinician Intern.



Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include possession of Master's degree or higher in social work, counseling, psychology, or a related field.

Special Requirements: Valid, current registration with the State of California as either an Associate Clinical Social Worker, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, a Registered Psychological Assistant, OR a Registered Psychologist, OR a successor registration or licensure recognized as equivalent by the State of California.

Incumbents in this classification are expected to acquire sufficient knowledge and ability to pass the licensing examinations. Consequently, each employee is expected to successfully pass the licensing exam within three years. Failure to pass the licensing exams within three years and/or loss of State registration at any time may result in termination or reassignment, if such a vacancy exists and the incumbent meets the minimum requirements.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Knowledge of: principles and techniques of individual, family, child, and group counseling; individual, group, and family psychodynamics; psychological diagnostic methods and terminology; personality development from infancy through adulthood; current principles and practices of psychiatric case work; the scope and activities of  human and health services systems in the community including private agencies and other community resources; various methods used in individual and group therapies; social aspects, characteristics, treatment, and management of mentally and/or emotionally disturbed individuals and their families; the needs, problems, and attitudes of mentally disturbed, socially, and economically disadvantaged people, and minorities; the principles of community mental health; the principles of crisis intervention, child sexual abuse treatment, forensic services, and school services; client's legal rights.

Ability to: set realistic treatment goals and facilitate their attainment; evaluate clients' degree of mental disability or emotional distress; develop and maintain the confidence and cooperation of mentally and emotionally disturbed clients to secure pertinent information and to effectively deliver mental health services; establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, clients, and their families, supervisors, ancillary staff, social agencies, and others who have an interest in mental health issues; supervise individual and group behavior, and provide necessary support; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive clinical records; analyze such information and reach sound decisions on the basis of such information; communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.



Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state, "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination which evaluates the education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, and other qualifications that you demonstrate in your application and/or response to the supplemental questionnaire. Please be aware that resumes and cover letters are not typically evaluated in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as the number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer is contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

HR Analyst: BH
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