The Mental Health Clinician (Family Court Services Specialist) performs highly responsible professional duties in order to ensure that high conflict separation and divorce child custody cases are appropriately resolved. Incumbents utilize two primary means in order to resolve disputes of parents/parties involved: mediation, resulting in agreements which become court orders or evaluation, resulting in custody recommendations to the court. These types of disputes may involve parents who are divorcing or obtaining a legal separation or parents who are establishing paternity, or establishing restraining orders in domestic violence cases. Cases are frequently highly emotional and incumbents in this class must carry out their work within ethical boundaries, demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of family law and court policies and procedures while also utilizing, as needed, applicable counseling, interviewing, evaluation, and referral skills. Please note the requirements in the job description may vary from the requirements in this bulletin. Applicants must meet the requirements stated in this bulletin.
To qualify, you must meet the following selection requirements at the time of filing:
A Master's Degree from an accredited college, university or program in social work; psychology; marriage, family and child counseling; or other behavioral science substantially related to marriage and family relationships -AND- Five years of post-Master's Degree PAID, VERIFIABLE, and RECENT FULL-TIME experience, within the last 7 years, in the field of family counseling or clinical assessment -AND- a current license in marriage and family therapy, clinical social work or clinical psychology.
SUBSTITUTION: Documentation verifying completion of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Family Mediation and Conciliation Intern Program may substitute for two years of the post-Master's Degree experience requirement received at the time filing.
Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.
The ideal candidate will possess the following desirable qualifications:
Knowledge of effective interview methods and techniques to assess adults and children.
Knowledge of medical and mental health terminology, including understanding of medical diagnoses.
Ability to work independently and consult with supervisor regarding cases as appropriate.
Ability to interview and communicate with a variety of people from different backgrounds.
Experience working with high conflict parents and children including blended family issues.
Experience working with persons who have problems with drugs, alcohol, child abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues.
Experience working in a Court environment demonstrating familiarity with legal procedures.
Experience providing timely assessments to the Court.
Ability to communicate fluently in Spanish.
Internal Number: R9892F
About Los Angeles Superior Court
Los Angeles Superior Court is the largest unified trial court in the United States with nearly 600 courtrooms presided over by 550 bench officers and 4,500 full-time employees. The Court has 38 Court locations, serving 88 cities, and 118 law enforcement agencies countywide.
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