Psychologist IIAre you ready to be professionally challenged?Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you!
The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS 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 Chief Psychologist II performs advanced psychological work within an acute, adult program with a Recovery Model/social learning environment; conducts psychological and forensic evaluations and assessments; administers and interprets psychological instruments; interviews patients, recommends treatment and prepares reports; counsels patients and families on a variety of problems; conducts individual and group psychotherapy; prepares behavior analyses; designs and monitors individual and group behavior modification and skill acquisition plans; participates in research projects; conducts training programs; and performs related work as assigned. As Chief Psychologist, plans, assigns, and supervises staff Masters level psychologists and serves as a member of both the discipline and program QIT's.
Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment and functions conjointly under the Psychology Director for clinical issues and the Program Director for administrative issues. HIPAA Access: Health Care:
PHI 1-B. This employee has full access to a limited set of records in accordance with HIPAA regulations. 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. Conduct psychological and forensic assessments of assigned patients conforming to Discipline standards, HHSC rules, and applicable laws, to reduce or eliminate psychological barriers and co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders to relevant functioning and to help guide the clinical work of the multidisciplinary team and, where appropriate, the finder of fact toward answering psycholegal questions.
Conduct a range of psychological treatments to those patients referred for services; document clinical issues, observations, interventions, and progress to termination of the rendered modality. Prepare written psychological reports and hospital charting, which identify and discuss relevant psychopathology according to discipline, program, facility and DSHS guidelines and requirements and render appropriate recommendations within established timeframes; provide feedback to service providers and patients, as appropriate. As a member of the multidisciplinary service team, provide psychological information and support necessary for patients to accomplish treatment objectives and goals; promote a unified, effective team approach shaped by principles of social learning, in order to assure high quality care to those served.
Actively involved in the design, implementation and maintenance of programming on assigned Program. Conducts relevant staff training within established timeframes and in concert with the multidisciplinary approach to psychiatric rehabilitation. Consistently attend shift change and other unit meetings to share clinical information for the promotion of a healthy environment of care.
Provide supervision to Staff Psychologists (including any psychology interns/students) and serve as member of Program and Discipline QIT's. Actively participate in continuous quality improvement for the Discipline, Program and Hospital to promote quality patient care. Required hospital health tests and refresher trainings are current.
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:
Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure.
Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy Must be licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Texas or reciprocity State. At time of hire, may hold a Provisional license by the State of Texas. Initial Selection Criteria:
Must be licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Texas. Initial Provisional Licensure by the State of Texas may be considered eligible.
Possess at least (2) years of experience working with a varied patient population in a mental health related setting. 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. This position is on the NTSH Wichita Falls campus on the Environmental Engagement Program (EEP). EEP provides specialized treatment services for chronically mentally ill persons in a therapeutic, recovery oriented environment, which provides them an opportunity to acquire and practice new, functional skills. The program serves as a link in the continuum of care by offering services, which prepare patients to successfully return to a less restrictive environment. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 68L, 65A, 65B, HM, 4C0X1. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx. MOS Code:
68L, 65A, 65B, HM, 4C0X1
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.
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