Psychologist I

    Texas Health & Human Services Commission
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    Job Description

    Psychologist I
    Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

    The Psychologist is accountable to the Psychology Manager. The psychologist is responsible for performs complex (journey-level) psychological work. Must have a PhD in Psychology. Work involves conducting psychological evaluations, diagnosing and counseling clients, testing, and working with the treatment team. Will provide clinical supervision to the psychology department. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Psychology Services Manager provides clinical supervisions, consultation, and technical assistance to program staff. The Psychologist provided clinical supervision, consultation, and technical assistance to program staff. Compliance with HHS Immunization Policy required: serologic evidence of immunity to, or documented evidence of vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Tdap, annual vaccinations against influenza and hepatitis B (if applicable).

    Essential Job Functions:
    Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

    1. Responsible for the planning and implementation of Psychology Services provided to individual hospitalized for inpatient psychiatric treatment. These services included individual and groups
    psychotherapy, family psychotherapy sessions, cognitive evaluations, personality evaluations,
    neuropsychological evaluations, risk assessments, and diagnostic clarification assessments, among others.
    2. Administers and interprets psychological tests and conducts psychological assessments and diagnoses.
    3. Conducts behavior analyses, and designs and monitors behavior modification and skill acquisition plans.
    4. Designs and conducts program evaluation studies. Designs and conducts research studies and
    projects, and disseminates findings.
    5. Develop treatment plans that are designs to target specific behaviors or symptoms.
    6. Provide on going training to clinical staff and paraprofessional staff.
    7. Participates in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings as the representative of psychology services to assists in reviewing comprehensive treatment plans by providing information about potential psychological factors that could have contributed to the development of an individual's mental illness, as well as psychological ways in which the illness can be treated or resolved.
    9. Provide clinical consultation to primary clinician for diagnosis clarification or making treatment
    10. Complies with HRD mandatory training requirements and participates in on-going training offered by
    the department of competency, training and development based on facility's deadlines to maintain and develop skills.
    10. Performs related work as assigned.
    11. Provides excellent customer service.

    Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

    Knowledge Skills Abilities:
    Knowledge of psychology, psychometrics, and physiological principles; of diagnostic criteria; and of psychological evaluation methods.

    Skill in the use of psychological evaluation and assessment techniques, and in mediation procedures.

    Ability to provide psychological counseling, to interpret diagnostic evaluations, to analyze behavior, to develop behavior modification and skill acquisition plans, to communicate effectively, and to supervise the work of others.

    Registration or Licensure Requirements:
    Licensed by the Texas Board of Psychology as a Psychologist.

    Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas

    Initial Selection Criteria:
    PhD in Psychology
    Licensure by the Texas Board of Psychology
    Bilingual English and Spanish

    Additional Information:
    Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

    All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

    The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

    MOS Code:
    Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 67D, 71F, 73B, 230X, MED10, 42PX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

    HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

    I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

    Posting ID: 552783730Posted: 2020-05-21