LCSW or Associate Clinical Social Worker -Student Loan Repayment Opportunities

    • Job Tracking ID: 512365-650902
    • Job Location: Petaluma, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 22, 2019
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: July 1, 2019
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Associate Clinical Social Worker Positions  -  Ask about Student Loan Repayment Opportunities!

We are pleased to announce two opportunities for advanced clinical training within the Behavioral Health Department at Petaluma Health Center.  The LCSW/ ACSW training program at PHC offers comprehensive training and experience in providing mental health services within a primary care setting to uninsured and underserved populations in Southern Sonoma County.  Our patient centered care is based upon an integrated team approach that is both holistic and collaborative.  PHC is widely recognized for our innovation and has been on the leading edge of team based care since 2007, emphasizing overall wellness and the value of the patient provider relationship.


We are currently seeking positions for two tracks within our program.  One position is for a Bi-lingual LCSW or ACSW who in addition to working within our integrated care model, will also focus on child and family services.  The other is an LCSW / ACSW position that will have an opportunity for training in Recovery Services in addition to our integrated team work.  Both positions will participate in two hours of individual supervision provided by licensed clinicians and a two hour a week group supervision that includes didactic as well as case presentations.  Supervision and training meets qualifications for acquiring the supervised work experience necessary for licensure with the CA Board of Behavioral Science.


The LCSW/ ACSW will have the opportunity to:


-         Work closely with medical providers as part of PHC’s model of integrated care

-         Perform screenings and brief interventions with patients as a full member of a medical team.  Clinicians receive warm hand-offs from primary care and other medical disciplines as a part of our Behavioral Health Integration Program

-         Carry a case load of patients for on-going psychotherapy as part of our Mental Health Program

-         Develop clinical and assessment skills with an extremely broad range of patients, including diversity in age, diagnosis, ethnicity, and life circumstances.

-         Participate in individual and group supervision in compliance with state licensing requirements.  PHC has an exceptional staff of clinicians with a wide range of expertise and experience.  Our clinical orientation integrates a  relational approach with other evidenced based models of treatment.

-         Participate in didactic and experiential learning through seminars, staff meetings, trainings and case presentations.

-         Focus training in areas of primary care, substance abuse, and child/family health depending on the interests of the participants.

-         Receive clinical training and administrative support in the use of electronic medical records.


Position qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Social Welfare with a Clinical Track and successful completion of a pre-master’s internship in a mental health setting.  Candidates must also demonstrate a proven interest and experience with underserved populations.  Prior to start date, the clinician must have a current and valid Associate Clinical Social Worker registration with the California Board of Behavioral Science, or be licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

As a Petaluma Health Center Behavioral Health Provider, you’ll get the chance to work in a team based environment that is integrated with our primary care teams. You will play an essential role in our collaborative, integrative approach to patient care.

You will get the chance to mentor/teach behavioral health students/post docs who rotate through the clinic and participate in The Center for Education in Community Medicine and our NP/PA Residency Program if this is an area that interests you.

Petaluma Health Center has two large clinics - one located in Petaluma and another located in Rohnert Park. Our scope of services include: Family Medicine, Maternity, Behavioral & Mental Health, Wellness, Optometry, Dental and Specialty Services.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

For more information about us, please visit us at

Petaluma Health Center is located in Petaluma, CA, about one hour north of San Francisco. We have two clinics, one located in Petaluma and another in the city of Rohnert Park. We offer our providers the opportunity to practice a full scope or partial scope of family medicine and primary care. We offer flexible schedules, loan repayment, a full suite of benefits and competitive salaries. Come live the dream in Northern California.

Position Title: Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Associate Clinical Social Worker 

Summary: The LCSW or ASW plays an essential role in the collaborative, integrative approach to care provided to patients with medical and behavioral health concerns within the primary care setting. Using a trauma informed, resilience-focused approach to care, the Behavioral Health Provider will:


  • Conduct clinical interviews, assessments and diagnostic evaluations using validated tools and demonstrating strong knowledge of the DSM-V.
  • Provide effective, evidence informed practices including brief and ongoing behavioral health interventions to patients across the lifespan with a particular emphasis on serving youth and/or their families.
  • Design appropriate treatment plans in consultation with patients and their primary care providers to most effectively meet patient’s whole health needs, including coordinating care with internal partners, as clinically indicated.
  • Facilitate same-day and crisis interventions, as needed; be available for warm hand-offs from primary care staff.
  • Offer patient education and facilitate linkages to community resources.
  • Provide facilitation of groups for individuals with similar diagnosis and symptom clusters.
  • Focus upon prevention and early intervention integrating a multi-generational approach, when practical.
  • Maintain professional license, credentials, and relevant training. Contribute to overall clinic quality goals and improvement efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including but not limited to after evening hours and assignment to outside locations within PHC federal scope such as school based clinics and homeless shelters.


Areas of Responsibility:


Participation in Integrated Care Team:

  • Functions as collaborative member of integrated care team
  • Readily accepts warm handoffs and provides follow-up recommendations to referring provider
  • Shares skills and interventions with members of integrated team to facilitate coordinated treatment



  • Consistently uses screening tools to assess mood, risk, and progress in treatment
  • Appropriately and expediently diagnoses mental health disorders based on DSM-V criteria


Intervention Design:

  • Determine appropriate level of treatment for individual patients and episodes of care
  • Coordinate care with community resources as appropriate
  • Utilize outcomes-based practice tools to ensure high quality patient care and tailor delivery of brief interventions
  • Works collaboratively with Behavioral Health leadership to develop treatment programs specific to patient populations and treatment needs


Intervention Delivery:

  • Provides psychological assessment and treatment to individuals and families
  • Documents progress/data in medical records using objective, measurable methods
  • Treats psychological disorders to effect change
  • Selects approach to use in brief individual therapy and modalities
  • Consults with Primary Care Providers, Psychiatrists and other specialists in developing and/or refining treatment recommendations


Access and Productivity:

  • Works at maximum potential to meet productivity requirements in order to improve patient access and fiscal viability while maintaining quality care
  • Adheres to health center standards for productivity as defined by the medical director and senior management
  • Facilitates same-day access for patients in need of Behavioral Health treatment or assessment


Professional Development and Relationships:

  • Utilizes Continuing Education resources to ensure compliance and skills necessary to practice in PHC treatment model. Willingly seeks additional training when needed in order to successfully fulfill job requirements
  • Models clear communication and conflict resolution skills with coworkers and patients
  • Continually assesses needs of community and patients, and trends in psychology, to ensure cutting-edge treatment
  • Participates in quality improvement initiatives. Adheres to quality assurance guidelines and aids the health center in reaching its clinical quality goals. Adheres to nationally recognized health care standards
  • Knows and follows clinic policies and procedures
  • Demonstrates competent knowledge in delivering behavioral health services to patients through peer review as established through the medical staff bylaws, recommendations of each licensing Board, and clinic Quality improvement Program
  • Supports and contributes in a positive manner to clinic efforts to maintain and improve patient satisfaction in all aspects of care delivery
  • Meets all time commitments by arriving on time to the clinic and working entire shift or more as needed
  • Responsible for maintaining credentials by keeping all required licenses current, including but not limited to California Social Work License, CE hours, CPR Certifications and any other required licenses. It is the responsibility of the ACSW or LCSW to give Human Resources current credentials before old credentials expire
  • Willingly performs other duties within the scope of practice as assigned

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.



  • Master’s degree in Social Work


Desired Skills:

  • Fluent in Spanish (spoken and written) highly preferred.
  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data
  • Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; responds to requests for service and assistance
  • Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things
  • Oral/Written Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; writes clearly and informatively
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Active California Clinical Social Work license (LCSW or ACSW) required.
  • Candidate must be able to successfully meet PHC’s credentialing and privileging requirements


Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Bilingual in Spanish is highly preferred.


Petaluma Health Center is an equal opportunity employer.


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