Clinical Psychologist (Open Until Filled)
This position is that of a clinical psychologist and is located in the Family Court Social Services Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court. The clinical psychologist functions in a forensic environment to administer a series of standard psychological and educational tests to determine intellectual, educational and personality functioning and to diagnose, using the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), for a population ranging in age from approximately 8 to 18 and adults serving in a care-taking capacity for pre and post adjudicated youth. Psychologist with training in neuropsychological assessment and research backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.
The incumbent is an energetic, optimistic professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.
First-time appointees to positions covered under federal law enforcement officer retirement provisions must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have previous federal law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees' Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-federal law enforcement officer position may have their previous federal law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement (Application of the previous federal law enforcement provision only applies to those considered federal law enforcement officers and have paid into either Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees' Retirement System, all other law enforcement (state or municipal not paid into either retirement system) will not be considered eligible.).
- Occasional Travel
- Travel within the D.C. Metropolitan area and some travel outside of this locality. Local travel includes but is not limited to: home visits, school visits, community meetings, community projects, etc. Outside travel includes but is not limited to: residential treatment facilities and other Court Social Service Division activities within the U.S.
A doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA accredited psychology program located from an accredited college or university, a license to practice psychology in the District of Columbia, three (3) years of experience where the candidate had to apply established scientific methods and principles of psychology. Documentation of education and licensing must be included with your application or it will not be considered.
Candidates licensed to practice psychology in another jurisdiction may apply. If selected, candidate must obtain a D.C. License within 180 calendar days of appointment. Failure to obtain a D.C. License will result in termination.
Additionally, first-time appointees to the clinical psychologist position must not have reached their 37th birthday at the time of appointment. Applicants 37 or over who have previous federal law enforcement officer experience under the Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees' Retirement System and who have either a subsequent break in service or intervening service in a non-law enforcement officer position may have their previous law enforcement officer experience subtracted from their age to determine whether they meet the maximum age requirement (Application of previous law enforcement provision only applies to those considered federal law enforcement officers and have paid into either Civil Service Retirement System or the Federal Employees' Retirement System, all other law enforcement (state or municipal not paid into either retirement system) will not be considered eligible.).
Please note that if you are applying for consideration as a non first-time appointee and you have reached or exceeded your 37th birthday you must attach your SF-50 or your application will not be considered.
- Experience working with juveniles
- Clinical applied research experience
- Clinical forensic experience
- Judicial consulting experience
- Authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts is required. If you are selected for the position a criminal history records check will be conducted.
- Documentation of your education and licensing must be included with your application.
- Copy of your driver’s license must be included with your application.
- SF – 50 (if applicable)
You must upload copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
To qualify for this position, the following must be submitted:
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or degree)
4. Professional License
5. Copy of your driver's license must be included with your application.
6. SF-50 (if applicable)
7. List of Professional References
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.
For more information about vacancies, visit us on the web at www.dccourts.gov or call 202-879-0496.
The Clinical Psychologist Brief Description of Duties:
- Uses computer technology for scoring test instruments and production of final report product.
- Analyzes, interprets, synthesizes and integrates test results into clinically sound, cohesive, practical and functional written evaluation appropriate to a forensic domain.
- Provides clinical expert testimony to Court officials in matters related to evaluations and clinical procedures and findings.
- Serves as a clinical supervisor for graduate and post-doctoral level psychology trainees and interns including, but not limited to, psychological evaluations, individual, group and family psychotherapy, case consultation and case conference.
- Participates in case conferences and consultation with Court officials such as judges, probation officers, social workers, case managers or affiliates with regard to psychological issues related to adjudication and/or disposition.
- Performs other clinic or division duties such as clinical research projects or interagency assignments, as assigned by the Chief Psychologist.
- Conducts face-to-face interviews with youth, family and identified individuals active in the maturation of the youth; evaluates youth’s mental health and risk to public safety, and develops associated psychological reports for the judiciary.
- Supervises doctoral level graduate students and interns in psychological treatment and evaluation.
- Exhibits the knowledge and the utilization of community or other identified resources in the assistance of solving youth mental health challenges.
- Maintains files, records, and case related documents in a well-organized manner.
- Prepares accurate and proficient reports and makes oral and written presentations of facts, which impact the judicial decision-making process as well as the rehabilitation of the youth and his/her family.
- Performs other duties (community activities for youth and families, educational/recreational trips, etc.) as assigned, consistent with established Division and Branch performance standards.
- In the absence of the supervisor, may be required to assume temporary supervision of the unit, and serve as team leader for special initiatives and committees.