Do you find purpose as a clinician supporting under-served populations? We want you to join our team of dedicated professionals providing care to individuals with developmental disabilities!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) West Region is recruiting for a full-time Psychologist located out of the Lower Fairfield County (LFC) Regional Center in Norwalk. We are seeking individuals who possess a license to practice psychology in Connecticut with the ability to coordinate clinical services with comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment plans.
Core Aspects of DDS Psychologists’ Roles:
Who we are:
- Perform casework providing assessment, consultation, psychotherapy, and family support.
- Provide professional support through supervision, peer mentoring, staff training and quality reviews.
- Support the organization through policy development, team membership, and participation on review boards.
- Act as a liaison between departments and professional networks.
We promote the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of the individuals and families that we serve. DDS psychologists are guided by professional ethics, current research, and legal requirements to ensure the delivery of the best practices in clinical-behavioral services.
The overarching goal is sharing our knowledge about contemporary principles in developmental psychology, mental health treatment, and positive behavioral supports with family caregivers, multidisciplinary teams, and private agencies. Our contributions help to create a holistic understanding of an individual that informs person-centered planning, fosters community inclusion, and enhances quality of life. Our DDS psychologists come from diverse professional backgrounds including hospital, educational, rehabilitative, and community settings.
What We Offer:
- Work-Life Balance: This is a 40-hour per week position Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Regular days off are Saturday & Sunday. Work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job.
- Leading Comprehensive Benefits: Competitive salary structure, excellent health & dental coverage, generous vacation, personal, and sick time, retirement plan options & more!
- Making a Difference in Your Community: The mission of the Department of Developmental Services is to partner with the individuals we support and their families, to support lifelong planning and to join with others to create and promote meaningful opportunities for individuals to fully participate as valued members of their communities.
Important Information After You Apply:
- Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. We are no longer accepting resumes in accordance with PA 21-69. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- Travel will be required with this position.
- This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.
Connect With Us:
- This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
- Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
- If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, DDS EEO Specialist 2 at Jennifer.Borenski@ct.gov.
- Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives via email at Ethan.Ives@ct.gov.
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
Participates in and coordinates clinical psychological services for a complex ward or group of wards or comparable units staffed by psychiatric, nursing or other individual care personnel; provides consultation on difficult cases representing complex intellectual, emotional and/or social problems; engages in diagnostic and psychotherapeutic services; attends staff meetings; coordinates psychological treatment modalities with other disciplines and services; develops and implements new service programs; conducts research and reports findings in a manner suitable for professional publication; consults with community agencies and organizations; conducts training sessions for interns and staff and may participate in training of psychiatric residents; may address lay and professional groups; performs related duties as required.
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 will be given to applicants who possess the following experience:
- Assessment and/or treatment of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric diagnoses.
- Selecting, administrating, scoring and interpreting cognitive, adaptive, personality and diagnostic tests.
- Writing psychological reports.
- Making clinical diagnoses, determining prognosis and developing treatment plans.
- Working with psychiatric and medical comorbidities, as well as the potential impact on behavioral presentation.
- Conducting functional assessments and developing positive behavioral support plans and/or providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).
- Providing clinical consultation and collaborating in a multidisciplinary context.
- Training staff from varying educational backgrounds.
- Communicating in writing and verbally to diverse populations and skill levels.
- Presenting on relevant clinical topics.
- Working in supervisory/leadership roles.
- Using computer software systems including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Teams
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.