JOB DUTIES IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE:
(These duties are illustrative only. Incumbents may perform some or all of these duties or other job-related duties as assigned.)
• Within scope of practice, provides psychological services to patients, residents, consumers, students &/or inmates, provides advice & consultation on psychological matters, (e.g., conducts psychological &/or neuro psychological evaluations/assessments, administers, scores & interprets psychological tests, reviews pre-admission or pre-treatment data, conducts interviews & writes evaluation reports & treatment plans, evaluates treatment plans developed & quality of service rendered by others & coordinates psychological services & programs, assists with program development & conducts research on psychological assessment & treatment) or does all of preceding & acts as lead worker over lower level psychological services staff.
• Conducts individual & group counseling & psychotherapy (e.g., counsels on substance abuse, trauma, self-injury, suicidal ideation, grief & loss, impulse control, family issues, health issues, inter-personal issues &/or criminal behavior), follows up on treatment & writes progress reports; conducts psychological evaluations &/or court order forensic evaluations (e.g., reviews patients current chart, past hospital records, prosecution files, court entries & indictments, interviews direct care staff, individuals, guardians, family members, attorney’ s &/or case managers, conducts suicide risk assessments (e.g., participates in involuntary medication hearings; evaluates potential for suicide; consults with psychiatrist, conducts assessments, works with clients to establish reasons for living, teaches coping strategies); diffuses / de-escalates issues & role models positive behaviors; conducts ongoing assessments of inmates at all times to identify, prevent &/or contain any significant lethality risks amongst inmates for imminent harm to self or others; provide psychological services to offenders under Adult Parole Authority oversight; coordinates services between institution mental health services & local community mental health service providers; completes re-entry accountability plans & conducts home visits to adult parole authority offenders with adult parole authority field officers; provides specialized sex offender therapies such as aggression control, coping with neurological disorders (e.g., ADHD) & victim empathy; provides psychological treatment to inmates in form of psycho-educational classes (e.g., skill acquisition) & time limited group psychotherapy (e.g., older adult male issues), participates in treatment team functions & provides technical assistance, guidance, instruction to treatment team members; recommends policies & procedures for patient assessment, evaluation & treatment Evaluates defendant / patient for mental status, evaluates competence to stand trial &/or sanity at time of offense & writes comprehensive forensic report & recommendation for courts; responds to subpoenas & app ears in court as expert witness on forensic / psychological matters; testifies in court regarding placement, guardianship, risk assessment &/or competency to stand trial; write s discharge summaries &/or behavioral recommendations when transitioning individuals out of institution, prepares statistical reports & graphs summarizing behavioral progress & use of various interventions / treatments; acts as liaison for offenders with treatment team, rules infraction boards, parole boards & unit management staff; reviews multiple charts, conducts interviews, writes risk assessment reports & treatment summaries; serves as advisor on psychological matters for psychological unit, for other divisions & departments & for community groups & organizations, prepares materials for & participates in staff development & in-service training programs, attends meetings, conferences & seminars, serves on &/or chairs facility-wide committees & represents psychological unit; acts as consultant with regional parole staff, juvenile parole officers, social workers, mental health professionals, community mental health professionals, families & case managers; on rotating basis, participates in weekend coverage for evaluation & assessment of offenders placed on suicide watch.
MAJOR WORKER CHARACTERISTICS:
Knowledge of Ohio revise d code chapters (e.g., 2945, 4732, 51 22); Ohio administrative code (e.g., section 473 2); American psychological association forensic psychological guidelines; ethical issues within forensic psychology; adult parole authority laws, rule s & guidelines; criminology, social psychology; clinical psychology; interviewing; psychotherapy; psycho diagnosis; counseling; statistics; employee training & development*; Ohio ethics laws & statutes; biological basis of behavior;, neuropsychology;, psychopharmacology; counseling. Skill in operation of personal computer & related software* (Microsoft word; excel; power point; crisis & trauma intervention*; suicide prevention*; first aid*; CPR*). Ability to understand abstract field of study; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; recognize unusual or threatening conditions & take appropriate action; use statistical analysis; counsel others on sensitive matters; write instructions, specifications or manuals; develop complex reports & position papers such as functional assessments, identifying problem behaviors, prioritizing problem behaviors, defining problem behaviors & formulating hypothesis; conduct intellectual educational, social-sexual, risk & adaptive assessments (including administering & scoring / interpreting assessments); maintain composure while testifying a s expert witness during adversarial legal proceedings. (*) Developed after employment.
MINIMUM CLASS QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMPLOYMENT:
License to practice psychology as issued by Ohio State Board of Psychology per Section 4732.12 or 4732.15 (A) of Ohio Revised Code.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED TO REMAIN IN THE CLASSIFICATION AFTER EMPLOYMENT:
Biennial renewal of licensure as psychologist.
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Exposed to incarcerated physically assaultive youth or patients/clients while participating in emergency / code situations; exposed to unpredictable behavior of violent inmate s / residents; exposed to human noise such as loud voices, manic or psychotic ramblings & pounding on Plexiglas; confined to small treatment rooms for individual & group therapy sessions; may require travel to community site under contract with Department of Mental Health.