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Psychologist I

at State of Colorado

Posted: 5/5/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2355179
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Overall Job Objective

Department Information


 

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo


Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo (CMHIP) is a 449-bed hospital that provides inpatient behavioral health services for adults, adolescents and geriatric patients. CMHIP is a forensic hospital that serves individuals with pending criminal charges who require evaluations of competency, individuals who have been found by a court to be incompetent to proceed (restoration treatment) and individuals found to be not guilty by reason of insanity. Patients' families, friends and loved ones are encouraged to visit and maintain relationships with patients while hospitalized.
CMHIP is located in southern Colorado on a 300-acre campus. As one of Pueblo's largest employers, we offer career opportunities in many multi-disciplinary professions, including nursing, psychology, social work and medicine. CMHIP is accredited through the Joint Commission. 
In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:
  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Medical and Dental Health Plans
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • 10 Paid Holidays per year
  • State of Colorado's Work-Life Employee discount Program offers a variety of discounts on services and products to State employees

Description of Job

Assignment:

The psychologist provides psychological assessment, psychotherapeutic groups, individual psychotherapy, functional behavior analysis and specific interventions, all for the purpose of increasing emotional regulation, coping skills, and behavior regulation in patients. Psychologists test, assess, diagnose, and treat mental, neurological, physiological, and emotional disorders or disabilities. The work includes selecting, administering and interpreting intelligence batteries, personality, neuropsychological and other psychological tests to diagnose disorders and formulate treatment plans, determining the need for involuntary mental health treatment; providing treatment and therapeutic intervention; conducting individual, group, and family rehabilitation activities; and completing various clinical and legal documents to track cases. Included is pre- and post-doctoral supervision of candidates for licensure, providing consultative services to other health care disciplines, providing expert testimony in court, and conducting program evaluation to determine the effectiveness of treatments for patient populations.

Duties:

  • The psychologist provides evaluation, direct treatment, behavioral planning, and support to unit treatment program within hospital policy and procedures.
  • Direct treatment includes individual and group therapy, coaching, assist in providing unit coverage, modeling of interventions, clinical consultation, and therapeutic coverage as needed. 
  • Provide weekly clinical education and case consultation during Team or Staff Meetings.
  • Model the philosophy and treatment interventions as outlined in the Recovery Model and Motivational Interviewing principals.  
  • Coaches staff in treatment interventions to help maintain treatment fidelity and effectiveness, in adherence with hospital policy. 
  • Provides structured and unstructured treatment/behavioral coaching as needed in impromptu situations. 
  • Provides consultation to treatment team members regarding resident progress.
  • The psychologist coordinates with unit leadership to help ensure program treatment fidelity and effectiveness.  
  • The psychologist completes needed resident suicide assessments.  
  • The psychologist adheres to set work schedule and integrates resident treatment within the larger unit schedule.
  • Provide scheduled, structured treatment to include group and individual therapy within the context of specialized treatment programs such as Trauma Informed Care, Addictions Counseling, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Functional Behavior Analysis & Programing, or other treatment modalities found to be efficacious with patients with serious mental illness. 
  • Performs relevant evaluation and individual/group treatment for the purpose of increasing emotional regulation, coping skills, and behavior regulation.
  • Provide consultation to others within the treatment setting. 
  • Provide scheduled, structured treatment to include group and individual therapy.
  • Functional Behavior Analysts review the Contingency Management Systems utilized by the milieu to provide daily incentives for active treatment participation and to develop socially effective behavior. 
  • This position will assist in the development of Individual Behavioral Plans (IBP) and IIBP with Unit Psychologists to help meet specific behavioral management needs of patients. 
  • Completes specific types of assessments/evaluations per expertise and assigned rotation or position. 
  • Assignments include Psychological Assessment, Neuro-psychological Assessment, Violence Risk Assessments and/or Suicide Risk Assessments, Behavioral Assessments, and Competency Evaluations. 
  • Completes assigned assessments per MD/PA/NP referrals.  Provides feedback to resident and clinical team members after assessment completed and instructs in appropriate treatment interventions based on findings. 
  • Prepare and deliver to courts, via expert testimony, professional opinion regarding diagnosis and treatment progress of residents under care, specific to role as treatment provider or evaluator. 
  • Completes written report to integrate findings and recommendations.
  • Provide specific treatment information regarding resident progress and/or report findings of assessments/evaluations within context of expertise and professional standing. 
  • Maintain statistical and research knowledge of specific treatment modalities utilized and or evaluation instruments. 
  • Maintain legal knowledge sufficient to provide testimony within a court setting.  Communicate findings clearly and succinctly.
  • Attends and participates in Morning Report, TPR's and Clinical Team Meetings.  Attends routine meetings within the Psychology Department and based upon position may attend various meetings with hospital structure. 
  • It is expected for the individual to model and reinforces effective interpersonal skills.  Establish or utilize appropriate team meetings to provide clinical education/case consultation on difficult to treat patients. 
  • Maintain ongoing continuing education requirements for professional licensure.
  • Any Duties that may arise in the care and treatment of patients.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

 

Current, valid licensure as a Psychologist from the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

-AND-

One year of experience as a licensed psychologist or permitted psychologist candidate.

?Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges.  Additionally, you will be required take a drug screen. 
  • A Tuberculosis Test (TB) will be required upon hire
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
     
Appeal Rights:
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. 

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. 

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Comparative Analysis Process
 
The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.  

For Recruiting questions, please contact brennon.watts@state.co.us 
 
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or bridget.clawson@state.co.us  by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time).  Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)
Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process.  Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself.  Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.
Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position.  If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.
Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.  Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process
The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review and structured interview. Candidates who most closely meet the job requirements will move through successive stages of the process.  Applicants will be notified of their status via email following each stage.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.