The State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) - North Region's Individual & Family Support Division (IFS) - has one (1) current Full-Time job opportunity for a Psychologist (Clinical) based out of the East Hartford office. This is a full-time (40) hour per week position - 1st shift. The work schedule is as follows: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, must be flexible in order to meet the needs of the agency, individuals, and their families.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application.
Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
•Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice psychology in Connecticut.
•Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.
This posting MAY require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.
If selected for further consideration, at the time of interview, State employees may be required to provide two (2) most recent Service Ratings and Non-State employees may be required to provide two (2) recent professional references.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Cindy Lukaszewicz at Cindy.Lukaszewicz@ct.gov, (860) 456-6394.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state facility, this class is accountable for performing the full range of psychotherapy or other professional psychological services including diagnostic testing, behavior modification, program development and evaluation, community outreach, education and training, rehabilitation and/or research.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Provides consultation and clinical training for the Individual & Family Support Division (IFS) for individuals living in their own or family homes throughout the North Region, and for individuals residing in Community Companion Homes (CCH). Participates in and coordinates clinical psychology services involving behavior modification, program development and evaluation, community outreach, education and training, rehabilitation and/or research. Assists in stabilizing individual’s behavior; develops plans and conducts training to enhance parent/caregiver’s ability to manage challenging situations at home. Assists families in developing crisis management or safety plans including access to community based programs to maintain status of living at home. This position works collaboratively with other agencies and school districts for evaluation and treatment of individuals and to interface successful existing programs into employment and residential settings. The incumbent works closely with the Regional Eligibility Liaison, conducting redeterminations for eligibility for Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder services for adults and children with ID and/or Autism, utilizing diagnostic test results. The psychologist assists clinically with the oversight of RFP contract for behavioral services for children under 21 with Wheeler Clinic, trains staff and families in recommendation therapeutic interventions. Provides a major role in conducting guardianships for IFS as mandated through the local Probate Courts.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of abnormal and clinical psychology; considerable knowledge and skill in selection, administration, scoring and evaluation of intelligence, achievement, personality and diagnostic tests; considerable knowledge of psychological research methodology including experimental design, data analysis and application of findings; knowledge of other psychological disciplines; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to make clinical diagnosis and prognosis and develop treatment plans; considerable ability to conduct psychotherapy; considerable ability to write case histories, discharge summaries and professional reports; ability to coordinate clinical services with comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment plans.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology and one (1) year of post-doctoral experience as a psychologist working under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
Preference shall be give to persons that have:
Experience working with Dually Diagnosed/Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities across the life span.
Experience working in mental health services.
Experience in inpatient psychiatry.
Training and experience in diagnostic and projective testing.
Thorough knowledge of psychotropic medications
Knowledge of positive behavioral planning.
Computer proficiency in Outlook, Word, Excel.
Good writing and communications skills.
Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice psychology in Connecticut. Any person employed by the State of Connecticut prior to July 1, 1985 with a title in the Psychology series of the classified service shall be exempt from the above licensure requirement pursuant to Public Act 613, Section 119(c). For certain positions the appointing authority may require state licensure.
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. § 1320a-7b(f).
Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals or inmates; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals or inmates; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The state of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.