PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In large state facilities, this class is accountable for directing all psychological services. In the Department of Mental Health, Office of the Commissioner, functions as the assistant director of psychological services for the department.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is designed for use in large mental health hospitals with multifaceted psychological services (Connecticut Valley Hospital, Fairfield Hills Hospital, Norwich Hospital), Mansfield Training School, Southbury Training School or other comparable size facility which includes internship and post doctoral training programs.
Receives administrative direction from the agency head, superintendent or other employee of higher grade.
Directs professional and paraprofessional staff participating in a comprehensive program of professional psychological services.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs the staff and operation of psychological services; coordinates, plans and manages psychological services; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in the development of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in the preparation of the psychological services budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of psychological services who might impact on program activities; develops and implements new techniques and procedures to improve the quality of services; investigates complaints relating to patient/client abuse and employee problems; directs and conducts psychological training programs; stimulates professional development which may involve supervising or conducting research studies and preparing professional articles and reports; supervises the maintenance of inventory control on psychology department equipment; directs public education programs and may participate in speaking engagements; may conduct individual and group psychotherapy, behavior modification procedures and psychological evaluations; may serve as executive director of an out patient clinic; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of psychological disciplines and methodology with special emphasis on either a clinical or consulting* approach depending on the nature of the assignment; considerable knowledge of relevant State and Federal regulations and professional standards; knowledge of new developments in field of psychology; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; 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; teaching ability.
Note: Consulting psychology is defined as including all professional psychological services which are not clinical in nature and incorporate the following specialized areas of knowledge: social, personality and abnormal psychology, research design, psychometrics and statistics, behavioral analysis, measure of individual ability (i.e. interest, attitude, aptitude, achievement and intelligence tests), vocational rehabilitation, community outreach consultation, group dynamics and learning and child and adolescent psychology.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Doctorate degree in Psychology and two (2) years' post doctoral experience as a licensed psychologist in a supervisory capacity in a program involving the supervision of psychologists.
Note: For state employees the General Experience will be interpreted as two (2) years of experience at or above the level of Supervising Psychologist 2 (Consulting).
1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice psychology in Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Director of Psychological Services (Clinical) (Consulting) in Salary Group MP 69 approved effective April 26, 1993.