*** This position is permanent pending freeze exemption approval; however, the freeze exemption may only be approved on a limited term basis. If appointed limited term, there is a possibility of the appointment becoming permanent.**
** Your state application must indicate you are applying for Senior Psychologist, Specialist position 065-923-9287-012. Please explain your eligibility (i.e. lateral transfer, on a list, etc.).**
You must have current certification, list, lateral, or reinstatement eligibility to apply for this vacancy.
Under the general direction of the Regional Mental Health Director, Division of Correctional Health Care Services (DCHCS) Mental Health Program, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Senior Psychologist Specialist has the responsibility for providing direct assistance to institutions to include: Identification and removal of obstacles to providing mental health services; identification and monitoring of corrective action plans; mentoring of staff; participation in Quality Management processes; facilitation of and training on best practices; and involvement in monitoring duties associated with the Sustainable Self-Monitoring process. Travel is required with this position.
45% Assists the Regional Mental Health Director in ongoing monitoring of the Sustainable Self-Monitoring process, including quarterly on-site reviews of all respective institutions’ Enhanced Outpatient Programs (EOP) to specifically monitor and audit referral processes to the Department of Mental health (DMH) higher levels of care. This process will include, but is not limited to the following tasks: Attendance at EOP and Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDTT) appointments; assessing inmate/patients in these units via individual interviews in the housing units (“tier walks”); consulting with ancillary staff, i.e. custodial and nursing, regarding their input on sub-optimally functioning inmates; accompanying the Psychiatric Technician during rounds; meeting with inmate/patients identified through this process, and/or the Senior Supervisor to review level of care decisions; and review of Electronic Unit Health Records as necessary. Non-referral logs and Mental Health Subcommittee minutes for the preceding three month period, and progress notes for the preceding month, will additionally be reviewed as part of this process. A standardized report summary will be submitted at the completion of each monitoring visit and follow-up of any required corrective action will be done.
30% Quality Assurance and Program Performance: The Regional Senior Psychologist Specialist will assist in ongoing program improvements at institutions to include involvement in all self monitoring and external monitoring findings and subsequent Corrective Action Plans; attendance at all external site review tours; monitoring of all program metrics; reviewing electronic Unit Healthcare Records (eUHR); routine touring of respective institutions; speaking with inmate/patients and ancillary staff regarding mental health treatment; and attendance at Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDTT) meetings, group therapy sessions and mental health Quality Management meetings. The Regional Senior Psychologist Specialist will generate regular written reports on activities, issues, and progress in the institutions.
20% The Regional Senior Psychologist Specialist will assist the Regional Mental Health Director by: providing educational and training seminars on clinical topics; providing oversight of training needs, as determined through auditing processes, for custodial and other non-mental health care staff on mental health issues; ensuring standardization and compliance with laws, rules, regulations, Mental Health Service Delivery System (MHSDS) program guidelines, Developmental Disability Program (DDP) guidelines, American Psychological Association (APA) ethical guidelines, and the Departmental Operations Manual (DOM) using knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, MHSDS program guidelines, DDP program guidelines, APA ethical guidelines, and the DOM.
05% Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: Principles, techniques, and trends in psychology with particular reference to normal and disordered behavior, human development, motivation, personality, learning, individual differences, adaptation, and social interaction; methods for the assessment and modification of human behavior; forensic psychology; characteristics and social aspects of mental and developmental disabilities; research methodology and program evaluation; institutional and social process, group dynamics; functions of psychologists in various mental health services; current trends in the field of mental health; professional training; and community organization and allied professional services.
Ability to: Provide professional consultation; teach and participate in professional training; recognize situations requiring the creative application of technical skills; develop and evaluate creative approaches to the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental disabilities, to the conduct of research, and to the development and direction of a psychology program; plan, organize, and conduct research, data analysis, and program evaluation; conduct the more difficult assessment and psychological treatment procedures; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; and communicate effectively.
Special Personal Characteristics
Empathetic understanding of patients of a State correctional facility; willingness to work in a State correctional facility; scientific and professional integrity; emotional stability; patience; alertness; tact; and keenness of observation.
Special Physical Characteristics
Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well- being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.
Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.
Benefits information can be found on the Department of Personnel Administration website, calhr.ca.gov, and the CalPERS website, www.calpers.ca.gov.
In order to apply and be considered for this position, all applicants must submit a completed Standard State Application Form (Std. 678) available at www.jobs.ca.gov , under “My Profile.”
All Methods of appointment may be considered. Applications will be screened and only the most competitive will be invited for an interview.
This advertisement may be used for other vacancies that occur during this posting.
If you are not a current or former State employee, you must first take an examination to obtain list eligibility. This does not apply to Student Assistant vacancies.
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