Join a dedicated team of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals. The Behavioral Health Bureau is seeking Clinical Psychologists to provide support services to Monterey County in the Services to Education; FAST Program; and the Adult System of Care and Forensic Services programs.
Services to Education Program
The Monterey County Behavioral Health Services to Education Program provides mental health services within public schools located in Monterey County. Services are provided to children and youth that present with mental health needs in General Education as well as those who have Individualized Education Plans (IEP) with an identified impairment in social emotional functioning. The Behavioral Health staff work collaboratively with the Education staff in an Interconnected Systems Framework and are active members of the multi-disciplinary teams within the PBIS model and approach implemented in the schools. Mental health services are delivered using both group and individual modalities, and parents are included in the treatment approach as clinically indicated. The Education program is currently seeking a Clinical Psychologist to assist Behavioral Health staff with diagnostic clarification, treatment planning, crisis evaluations, consultation, inter-agency coordination, and clinical support. Additionally, the psychologist may provide group treatment within the schools, provide training to the education staff, and support the Unit Supervisors in various clinical capacities. Strong psychological assessment skills are a must for this position; A wide range of psychological tests are utilized within the evaluation process. A solid understanding of FERPA and HIPAA is required.
The F.A.S.T. (Family Assessment Support and Treatment) Assessment Team provides comprehensive family mental health assessments and treatment to children and families involved in dependency proceedings where the court has deemed it necessary to remove the child(ren) from the home due to abuse and/or neglect issues. The team typically uses attachment theory and systems perspectives in helping understand and conceptualize the family’s challenges, strengths, and services needed as well as address any trauma that has impacted the children and family. A wide range of psychological tests are also utilized within the evaluation process. Detailed psychological reports that include clinical impressions and treatment recommendations are provided to the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Juvenile Dependency Court. This process is rapid and requires solid clinical assessment and treatment skills, good writing skills, quality time management skills, the ability to multitask, and excellent collaboration skills.
Adult System of Care & Forensic Services Programs
The Monterey County Adult System of Care (ASOC) and Forensic Services programs provide Specialty Mental Health Services to adults with severe mental illness who may also have a co-occurring substance use disorder, significant trauma history and/or physical health condition. ASOC is also responsible for the coordination of care for LPS conserved individuals. A licensed clinical psychologist is needed to conduct evaluations and risk assessments of adults in the collaborative court programs, misdemeanor incompetent to stand trial (PC1370.01), mental health diversion (PC1001.36), and medically necessary assessments to diagnosis and develop treatment plans for this population to also include referrals from parole and the county jail. This psychologist will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within ASOC and Forensic Services and may provide consultation support to other teams as needed in clarifying complex diagnostic presentations as well as be required to appear in criminal and civil court.
The Eligible List established by this recruitment process may be used to fill current and future vacancies on a regular full-time, part-time, or temporary basis.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Thorough Knowledge of:
Principles, methods, techniques, materials, devices, and practices used in clinical psychology, psychological assessment, and behavior modification.
Sources, uses, administration techniques, ethics, and methods of interpretation of psychological measurements and diagnostic techniques applicable to clinical assessments; testing instruments related to child services; statistical methods relating to the interpretation of test data.
Theory and research on personality and intellectual growth and development, individual differences, human motivation, and disordered behavior.
Group dynamics; interviewing techniques, and counseling methods.
Working Knowledge of:
Allied dynamics, interviewing techniques, and counseling methods.
Analyze, evaluate, and draw logical conclusions from complex data.
Observe and identify normal/abnormal behavior tendencies, including family dynamics.
Apply treatment methods as appropriate to patient’s diagnosis and presenting problem with physician, psychiatrist, or other professional consultation, as needed.
Select, administer, score, and interpret a variety of psychological tests.
Write to prepare psychological case reports, clinical findings, case histories, recommendations, etc.
Communicate orally with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or significantly traumatized individuals in order to effectively engage them in mental health evaluation and treatment.
Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:
Exceptional customer service
Compassionate, empathetic and culturally sensitive
Communicate effectively and professionally orally and in writing
Self-motivated and able to perform assignments independently
Ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary team
Strong collaborative skills
Exceptional inter-personal skills
Strong time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
Examples of Experience/Education/Training
The skills necessary may be acquired through various types of education, training, and/or experience, typically:
Pursuant to Section 2914 of the California Business and Professions Code, possession of a Psy.D or a Ph.D. in psychology from an accredited education institution and two years of supervised doctoral professional experience, one of which must be post-doctoral
Pursuant to Section 2903 of the California Business and Professionals Code, possession of a valid license to practice clinical psychology in the State of California issued by the State Board of Psychology. NOTE: Pursuant to Section 5600.2.B of the Welfare and Institutions Code, persons not currently possessing their license may be hired provided they obtain their licensure within two years of employment in the State of California.
Required Conditions of Employment:
The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which includes a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record or ability to provide suitable transportation approved by the appointing authority.
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As a condition of employment, prospective employees may be required to submit to a background review which may include a review of information concerning present and/or prior employment, driving record, and record of any criminal convictions. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U.S.; a list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS Form I-9. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your rate of pay will be hourly, and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed in the summary
Hard copy applications may be obtained from and submitted during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM by contacting: Monterey County Health Department, Attn: Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906.
The selection process is tentative, and applicants will be notified if changes are made. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the examination process may include an oral examination, pre-examination exercises, performance examination, and/or written examination. The competitive examination process includes submittal of required application materials. A complete application package will include:
A completed County of Monterey Employment Application
Responses to the Supplemental Questions
Applicants who fail to provide all required materials by the final filing deadline will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest, and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for required application materials. All required application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process.
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