Psychologist 2 / EOA #2019-30

State Of New York Staten Island , NY 10301

Posted 3 months ago

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Permanent service as a Psychologist 2 in a New York State agency eligible for transfer


At least one year of permanent service in a title eligible for 52.6 transfer pursuant to Civil Service Law


Reachable on the current New York State Civil service list


Must possess a Master's degree in Psychology from a regionally accredited college or university which prepares graduates for master's level psychologist positions in clinical, forensic, or community mental health settings; AND the degree program must have included a clinical psychology practicum, externship, or clinical fieldwork. You must indicate the practicum, externship, or clinical fieldwork and two years of supervised post master's degree psychology experience OR completion of a full-time, one year pre-doctoral internship or traineeship in a clinical, community mental health, or forensic setting may be substituted for one year of post master's degree experience. A doctoral degree in clinical psychology may be substituted for two years of post master's degree experience.

1.Non-qualifying master's and doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to the following: degrees in education, counseling, clinical counseling, clinical hypnosis, community counseling, educational counseling, forensic counseling, guidance counseling, human relations, marriage and family counseling, mediation and conflict resolution, mental health counseling, professional counseling, rehabilitative counseling, school counseling, student and personnel services, psychological counseling, pastoral psychology, transpersonal psychology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, health psychology, industrial or organizational psychology.
2.Experience in a clinical, community mental health, addiction treatment facility, or forensic setting is considered to be any direct care experience with individuals, families, or groups in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, licensed psychologist, licensed physician, or licensed psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or licensed clinical social worker. Qualifying experience must primarily include administering assessments and tests for diagnostic psychological evaluations or completing functional behavior assessments; developing behavior support plans or writing psychological treatment plans; providing psychological counseling and treatment in one or more of the following areas: mental and/or emotional disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, alcoholism, addictions, substance abuse disorders, sex offender assessment and treatment, or forensic mental health.
3.In addition, experience in experimental psychology, research psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, health psychology, utilization review, guidance counseling, as a habilitation specialist, pastoral counseling, or experience as an instructor of psychology will NOT be considered as qualifying.
4.A practicum, externship, or clinical fieldwork assignment is defined as a direct clinical training experience in providing psychological services in an appropriate inpatient or outpatient community mental health, developmental disabilities services, forensic or community setting.
5.In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other federal or federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other federal or federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

6.Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: The names of all prospective employees will be:

a. Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s);

b. Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC). All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws;

and may be:

c. Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees whose names appear on the SCR may be barred from appointment.



As a member of a treatment team, the incumbent will perform psychological services, develop and implement treatment plans for a caseload of dual-diagnosed/behaviorally challenged individuals.

The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Developing behavior support plans and functional analysis to ensure treatment for all challenging behaviors.

  • Providing individual and group counseling.

  • Reviewing psychotropic medications with the psychiatrist and complete consults prior to each psychiatric visit.

  • Training staff regarding individual and general strategies for proactive and reactive procedures.

  • Reviewing and analyzing data.

  • Presenting individuals at BMR/HRC and Informed Consent Committee as appropriate.

  • Completing risk management plans as needed and follow-up as required.

  • Participating in all team and psychological department meetings and provide psychological assessments as needed.

  • Conducting and writing up psychological impact evaluations should individuals be a witness to or victim of a traumatic event.

  • Conducting investigations related to reportable incidents.

  • Teaching classes related to the needs of the individuals.

  • Conducting violence, forensic, and sexual risk evaluations as needed.

  • Conducting any other duties related to psychology.

Additional Comments For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored. Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office at (518) 473-9689 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.

  • Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.

  • All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.


  • Position may be eligible for Loan Forgiveness via the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program:

For more information on PSLF, please visit

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