DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
EXAM NUMBER: b8697M
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITYDEFINITION
Under general supervision, serves as a staff psychologist at the full professional level by applying psychological principles in the following major areas: assessment, treatment, research, training, and clinical consultation.CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class typically report to a higher-level clinical supervisor and independently provide the full range of professional psychological services relating to the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and co-occurring disorders. Incumbents are responsible for selecting, administering, and interpreting various types of psychological testing instruments, and for providing individual, group, and family therapy. Some positions in this class may be allocated to a centralized, County-wide program that provides psychological services to County employees and evaluates applicants and candidates for County employment. The Clinical Psychologist II is distinguished from the Clinical Psychologist I in that the latter may receive technical direction and guidance from the senior-level Clinical Psychologist II.
These positions require knowledge of abnormal, developmental, personality, and social psychology; theory and practice of individual and group psychotherapy; crisis intervention techniques; applicable legal and ethical professional standards; Federal, State, and local laws governing mental health services; principles of psychopharmacology and psychobiology; psychometric and statistical theories and methodologies; psychological research methods and experimental design; and the ability to establish positive and therapeutic relations with clients; conduct crisis intervention and make appropriate referrals; select, administer, and score various psychological assessments; design appropriate treatment interventions, evaluate results, and make modifications as needed; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers, management, and representatives of community-based organizations.
Essential Job Functions
- Selects, administers, and interprets a wide variety of psychological testing instruments in connection with the diagnosis and evaluation of clients with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders; or in connection with a centralized County-wide program that provides fitness-for-duty assessments to County employees, applicants, or candidates for County employment.
- Generates reports of diagnostic and psychological findings and/or treatment recommendations.
- Performs direct service activities including diagnostic evaluation, structured clinical interviewing, and individual, group, and family therapy.
- Utilizes a variety of treatment modalities such as psychotherapy, behavior modification, and various evidence-based or promising practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
- Intervenes with clients to enhance their ability to fully participate in treatment, including defining treatment goals and designing intervention strategies that support recovery and resiliency.
- Evaluates client response to treatment, modifies treatment strategies, and includes the client as part of the decision-making process.
- As a member of a professional, multidisciplinary team, plans treatment programs and disposition of cases, including identifying treatment outcomes.
- Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing individuals, couples, or families and reviewing relevant records.
- Provides technical guidance and instruction to interns and license-waivered psychologists.
- Provides consultation to other medical providers in the management of psychological and behavioral aspects of medical conditions.
- Participates in professional staff conferences concerning psychological assessment methods, techniques, and results.
- Participates in an advisory capacity in the screening of new professional personnel in psychology, including trainees or psychology interns.
- Provides testimony before courts of law on results of psychological evaluations.
- Initiates and carries out psychological research studies and provides rationale to implement departmental or service programs; collaborates on multidisciplinary projects.
Requirements MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
A Doctorate from an accredited* college or university in psychology, educational psychology, education with the field of specialization in counseling psychology, or in a discipline deemed equivalent by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology.LICENSE REQUIRED:
A license to practice as a psychologist issued by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology.PHYSICAL CLASS:
2 - Light.SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION:
In order to qualify, you must include a photocopy of the diploma, or a copy of your official transcripts, indicating the field of study, with your application at the time of filing DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Experience providing psychotherapeutic treatment to the mentally or emotionally ill.
- Experience conducting psychological research and studies.
- Experience collaborating with a multidisciplinary team.
- Experience supervising and instructing interns, residents or unlicensed clinical psychologists in the field of psychology.:
Additional Information SPECIAL INFORMATION
: Appointees may be required to work any shift, including evenings, nights, holidays or weekends.
Past and present mental health clients and family members are encouraged to apply.EXAMINATION INFORMATION:
This examination will consist of an evaluation of training, experience and desirable qualifications based upon application information weighted 100%. Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher in order to be placed in the eligible register.VACANCY INFORMATION:
The resulting eligible register for this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Mental Health.ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
: The names of candidates receiving a passing grade on the examination will be added to the eligible register and will appear in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.Application and Filing Information
All applicants are required to submit a Standard County of Los Angeles Employment Application online only. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of applications, although resumes may be uploaded as attachments to the applications. This examination will remain open until the need of the services are met, and is subject to closure without prior notice.You MUST complete the filing process ONLINE (via electronic submission) ONLY.Instructions for Filing:
A standard County of Los Angeles Employment Application for this examination must be completed online and submitted electronically. Applications electronically received after 5:00 pm, PST on the last day of filing will not be accepted.
APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THEIR JOB APPLICATIONS AND UPLOAD REQUIRED OR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS (e.g.,diploma/official transcripts, license) AS ATTACHMENT(S) AT THE TIME OF FILING.
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The acceptance of your application will depend on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Minimum Requirements. Please be sure your application indicates complete information, including dates for education and jobs held which relate to this position. For each job held, give the name and addresses of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, total number of hours worked (full or part-time) and salary earned. Resumes showing training and experience may be attached to the Los Angeles County Application. All information and records are subject to verification.
Falsification of records can result in disqualification from the examination or termination of employment.SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER LANGUAGE
All applicants must enter a valid social security number at the time of filing. Entering anything other than a valid social security number (i.e. 000-00-0000, 111-11-1111, etc.) will result in an automatic rejection of your application.COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.NO SHARING USER ID AND PASSWORD
All applicants must file their applications online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.Department Contact Name: Joshua Goldman
Department Contact Phone: (213) 972-7046
Department Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099