Psychologist III

Psychologist III

Texas Health & Human Services Commission | San Antonio, TX, 78245, US
Salary Range:$43,000 – $65,000 Salary range estimated by Zippia

Posted 18 days ago

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The primary function of a Clinical Psychologist is to perform highly advanced and/or managerial (senior-level) psychological work. Work involves directing psychological activities and programs, conducting psychological evaluations, diagnosing and counseling clients, providing consultation and training on behavioral interventions, and conducting psychological research. Performs psychological testing and interpretation, clinical interviews and observations. Supervises the Behavioral Health Services Department which consists of two social workers, a substance abuse counselor, recreational therapist and a chaplain. The Clinical Psychologist also serves on the following committees: Executive Committee, Medical Staff Executive Committee, Quality Management Committee, Environment of Care Committee. Psychologist will also participate in weekly meetings with Risk Management Team, and Interdisciplinary Treatment Team Conference. May train students from various disciplines who rotate through the hospital. May work with other disciplines in policy and protocol development, documentation specifications and standards, new program development, and supervisory/disciplinary actions. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment. Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Will potential for telework days.

2. Performs psychological assessment/evaluation of client, determines diagnosis, and formulates treatment recommendations on all newly admitted patients. 15%

3. Oversees and evaluates consultative and mental health delivery services programs.15%

4. Serves on hospital committees.15%

5. Develops and implements special treatment programs and conducts research on clinical outcomes.15%

6. Provides evidence-based clinical services to include individual, group, and/or family interventions for patients with medical, mental, and substance abuse recovery needs. 10%

7. Collaborates with the multidisciplinary treatment team to plan, revise and evaluate patient care for long term patients, and assists in the preparation of administrative reports, studies, specialized projects, and in developing policy and procedural manuals. 10%

8. Supervises the work of other professionals and specialists in patient diagnosis, treatment and support disciplines. 15%

9. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. 5%

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

1. Knowledge of and skill in interviewing techniques with individuals and families and knowledge of current DSM diagnostic criteria.

Broad-based understanding of psychological/personality theory, mental disorders.

2. Knowledge of administration, scoring, and interpretation of a variety of psychological tests, including personality and intellectual instruments.

3. Ability to integrate data and theory into a sound understanding of patients with severe and persistent mental illness.

4. Ability to convey the understanding of patients and other information to others through clear and organized oral reporting and written reports/notes using clear, concise, organized, literate and readable style.

5. Therapeutic skills in individual and group therapy, behavior therapy, and preferably family therapy.

6. Thorough understanding of group process, ability to work with individuals and groups to consult on treatment team functioning.

7. Knowledge and experience in the supervision of professionals and specialists in other disciplines.

8. General managerial and supervisory knowledge, skills, and ability to efficiently plan, organize, direct and control a multiple disciplined, professional and paraprofessional staff within a specialty state facility.

9. Communication skills and interpersonal skills.

10. Understanding of principles of Continuous Quality Improvement and ethical standards.

11. Ability to speak English, required.

12. Ability to speak and understand Spanish, preferred.

In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities must be able to meet the following physical tasks:

Repeated bending, simple grasping, finger/manual dexterity, vision, hearing, reach above shoulder, simultaneous grasping, twist upper body, and can move approximately 150 lbs with or without assistance.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Must be licensed as a psychologist by the State of Texas or a reciprocity state. Initial Selection Criteria:

1. One or more years of behavioral health experience in a health care industry.

2. Must be licensed as a psychologist by the State of Texas or a reciprocity state.

Additional Information:

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable. As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

MOS Code:

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68C, 66N/P/W, 290X, 46FX, 46NX, 46SX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

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