PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Correction, this class is accountable for directing all psychological services; in the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, functions as the assistant director of psychological services for the department.
Receives administrative direction from the agency head, superintendent or other employee of higher grade.
Directs staff and operations of professional psychological services.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs the staff and operation of psychological services; ensures provision of psychological services is in compliance with court mandates, State and federal regulations and is consistent with community standards, legal mandates, and agency strategic goals; formulates and leads the psychological services team in the attainment of program based goals and objectives; assists in the formulation and implementation of organizational and site-specific policies and procedures; interprets and administers pertinent laws; oversees program staffing to ensure appropriate resource allocation and compliance with collective bargaining agreements and labor laws; enforces psychological services policies and agency administrative directives; coordinates with human resources to ensure hiring, retention, training, and promotion of qualified staff; provides ongoing performance feedback and evaluations and initiates and enforces progressive discipline when necessary; ensures overall operations are within budgetary guidelines; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of psychological services who might impact on program activities; provides consultation and assistance to regional directors; develops and implements new techniques and procedures to improve the quality of services; investigates complaints relating to patient/client or inmate/offender abuse and employee problems; directs and conducts psychological training programs; may conduct individual and group psychotherapy, behavior modification procedures and psychological evaluations; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of psychological disciplines and methodology with special emphasis on a clinical approach; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal regulations and professional standards; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of agency policy and procedure; knowledge of new developments in field of psychology; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to design, implement and evaluate new services and programs; considerable ability to appraise the effectiveness of existing operations; considerable ability to prepare complex administrative and professional reports; ability to prepare grant applications and budgets; considerable ability to teach and provide clinical supervision.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology or a related field and two (2) years of post-doctoral experience as a licensed clinical psychologist in a supervisory capacity in a program involving the supervision of clinical and/or counseling psychologists.
Note: For State employees, the General Experience will be interpreted as two (2) years of experience as a licensed psychologist at or above the level of Supervising Psychologist 2 (Clinical).
1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain an unrestricted license to practice psychology in Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Director of Psychological Services (Clinical) in Salary Group MP 69 approved effective September 1, 1999. (Revised to expand class use to DOC and modify content)