POSITION TITLE: MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
(Official classification title is Family Court Services Specialist)
SALARY: $6,823.36 - $8,476.36 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 5/9/18
CLOSING DATE: 5/30/18
EXAM NUMBER: R9892F
TYPE OF RECRUITMENT: Open Competitive Job Opportunity
Following the initial training in Downtown Los Angeles, the selected candidate may be assigned to work at one or more of the 9 Family Law courts located throughout LA County.
Los Angeles Superior Court is seeking dynamic, well-qualified, and highly-motivated individuals to fill the position of Mental Health Professional (Family Court Services Specialist) within its Family Law Department based in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Become part of the Los Angeles Superior Court, where you can give back to your community by working for justice and fairness. Individuals interested in becoming part of a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce that rewards performance and creativity should apply.
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.
The Mental Health Professional (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. For a detailed job description, please click here. 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.
No out-of-class experience will be accepted.
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.
Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
A valid California Class C driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
Education verification: A legible copy of your college diploma -OR - transcript(s) (unofficial are acceptable) with the degree posted from the college or university must be submitted within 10 business days from application submission.
Documentation may be submitted as follows:
As an attachment to your online application. Attachment(s) must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and should not exceed 10 MB; or
As an email attachment to Bernadette Flores at Bflores1@lacourt.org. Please indicate in the subject line "Mental Health Professional - Degree Verification." Please include your first and last name and the examination title.
For a list of acceptable accredited institutions or international universities, please visit http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation, www.chea.org/search, or http://whed.net/home.php.
Foreign studies must be evaluated by an academic credential evaluation agency and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. For a list of acceptable evaluation agencies, please visit www.naces.org or http://aice-eval.org/members/. Foreign studies submitted without acceptable evaluation will be rejected.
Part I: Qualifying evaluation of education, training, and experience based upon submitted application materials and supplemental questionnaire. The applicants with the highest qualifications as determined by this evaluation process will be invited to participate in the examination process.
Part II: Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.
APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Applications may only be filed online. To learn how to apply online, please access the Online Employment Application Guide. Los Angeles Superior Court reserves the right to verify all submitted documentation prior to appointment. The Court will only consider completed applications submitted, along with the required documents, and will reject incomplete applications. A resume will not substitute for a fully completed employment application. To facilitate the full and proper consideration of your work experience, clearly specify what professional experience meets the required job qualifications. When listing your work experience, please specify the beginning and end dates for each job you held and describe your experience for each position.
Please provide a current and accurate e-mail address for the Court to communicate with you about this job opportunity. Human Resources staff will notify all applicants of their application status via e-mail. We recommend that you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your SAFE SENDERS list to avoid the notification being filtered as spam mail.
Los Angeles Superior Court is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to participate in the recruitment process can contact the email address provided below. For additional employment information, please click here (Download PDF reader).
Questions regarding this posting may be e-mailed to Bflores1@lacourt.org.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. Applicants who successfully pass each (and all) examination part(s) will be placed on an eligible list which will remain valid for up to one year. Other vacancies may be filled using this list.
Exam No.: R9892F
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
(Official classification title is Family Court Services Specialist)
Applications may be submitted online at www.lacourt.org
OR via the HR computer kiosk at
Los Angeles Superior Court
Human Resources Administration
111 N. Hill Street, Room 203
Los Angeles, CA 90012