Clinical Psychologist /Independent Evaluator
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is seeking Licensed Clinical Psychologist to conduct independent evaluations of adults and minors who have been involuntarily hospitalized under a court-issued temporary detention order.
Duties include conducting comprehensive clinical evaluations, completing written reports, serving as an expert to the General District and Circuit Courts, and providing testimony at commitment and appeal hearings. Variable work schedule but must be able to work some evening, weekend, and holiday hours. Training on relevant Virginia statutes and the role of the Independent Evaluator is provided.
Note: This position has an annual bonus of $10,010, paid biweekly.
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Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Administers, scores, and interprets a variety of objective psychological tests (intelligence, achievements, interests, and personalities) and projective techniques for diagnostic purposes in a consultation and evaluation clinic for mentally retarded children;
Mentally and manually records patients' behavior from observation;
Prepares written reports of test results which includes psychological interpretations, diagnoses, and recommendations for review by the pediatrician or clinic director;
Attends staff conferences to provide and interpret psychological test data for use in the diagnosis of the patients' problems, care, and treatment;
May serve as a member of a psychiatric team in the evaluation and treatment of mental illnesses, emotional and behavioral disorders;
May perform under direct medical supervision individual and group therapy;
Counsels the patients' families in the areas of acceptance, the current and anticipated
development of the patients, and future planning of the family units;
Informs the pediatrician of unusual problems presented during test administration;
May assist in health center in-service training programs and clinic public relations programs through lectures, demonstrations, or other devices of instruction or communication;
May supervise subordinate personnel;
Or, as designated by the Court: administers, scores and interprets a variety of objective
psychological tests (intelligence, achievements, interests, reading, and personalities) and projective techniques for diagnostic purposes in an appropriate setting for juveniles and adults;
Analyzes the results of tests, interviews, and obtains social histories of the individual;
Submits psychological evaluations to the Court and makes recommendations regarding the individual's risk factors, mental status, competency and level of care needed;
Consults with staff members on selected cases and assists the Court in the staffing of particular cases;
Counsels parents of juveniles to effect changes in the environment of the juvenile and counsels juveniles in order to improve their adjustment or to correct specific defects;
Participates in staff conferences and conducts training programs into the psychological aspects of juvenile delinquency;
May assist with in-service training programs and clinic public relations programs through lectures, demonstrations, or other devices of instruction or communication;
Consults with staff members in regard to establishing and conducting group counseling;
May appear in Court to testify as requested;
Conducts independent evaluations of adults and minors who have been involuntarily hospitalized under a court-issued Temporary Detention Order;
Conducts comprehensive clinical evaluations, comprehensive risk assessment and written reports;
Provide psychoeducation regarding treatment needs, risk assessment, and other clinical information to client and parties involved in the involuntary detention process.
Knowledge of the methods, principles and practices of conducting and evaluating psychological tests and measurements;
Knowledge of psychotherapy and application of treatment a variety of clinical diagnoses; Knowledge of the applicability of these tests and measurements to the clinical diagnosis of the problems of youth and adults with mental illness;
Knowledge of the sources of information and current literature and research in the field of psychology;
Knowledge of the fundamental types and problems of mental illness and abnormal behavior;
Knowledge of, and the ability to apply the theories and principles of psychology, human growth and development, normal and abnormal personality development, learning theory, interviewing techniques, and personality, intelligence, interest and aptitude measurements;
Knowledge of and the ability to apply psychological principles and methods in the diagnosis prevention, treatment and amelioration of psychological problems, emotional and/or mental conditions;
Knowledge of application state laws and regulations pertaining to the involuntary treatment of adults and juveniles in Virginia;
Ability to plan, organize, and conduct a psychological testing program for youth and with mental illness;
Ability to plan, organize, and conduct a psychological evaluation, forensic interview, and risk assessment;
Ability to make recommendations based on the tests and interpretations;
Ability to establish rapport with clients and other parties involved with the criminal justice system;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other professional staff members and the general public.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED: Possession of a current license to practice as a clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth ofVirginia.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer. Ability to drive/transport self to other locations.
Ability to talk and understand someone talking on the phone & face to face; ability to read clinical records, write clinical notes; ability to complete independent examiner & qualified evaluator reports; ability to use keyboard and computer. Ability to transport self to all parts of service area. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodation.
Completion of a certification program for commitment hearings provided by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Previous experience as an expert witness evaluating youth and adults with serious mental illness. Foreign language fluency not required but preferred.
Panel interview, may include exercise.It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.