State of Utah

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Job Description

The Utah Department of Corrections is looking to hire a licensed Psychologist to provide psychological services to the inmates in the Utah State Correctional Facility. You will provide psychological services in the areas of diagnostic testing and assessment, participate in the delivering of psychological services for the prison system, and participate as a member of the clinical treatment teams providing recommendations for inmate treatment and related activities.

Principle Duties
You will be responsible for providing services to Utah Department of Corrections inmates with mental health issues and/or psychiatric disorders.
Performance of comprehensive psychological evaluations, as well as brief psychological consultations will be the primary responsibility. This may include intellectual, cognitive, neuropsychological screening, personality testing, psychiatric symptom checklists, structured interviews, and other testing measures as needed.
Mental health clinical screening interviews for newly incarcerated or re-incarcerated inmates will be a primary responsibility.
Individual and group psychotherapy with inmates remains a possibility, as desired by the psychologist.
Consulting with other institutional staff regarding clinical and correctional management issues. This may include being a member of multidisciplinary treatment teams and attending treatment team meetings on a regular basis.
Ideal Candidate
The best candidate for this position is someone who:
Has at least 1 year of experience providing treatment to clients.
Doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D) in Psychology from an accredited institution (degree will be verified).
Current Utah license as a Psychologist.
Psychologist will adhere to all appropriate standards of practice as outlined by the American Psychological Association, State Licensing Board, Utah Department of Corrections and the Board of Pardons.
If no candidate is licensed as a Psychologist in the State of Utah, this position may be filled by with a Psychological Assistant II. To qualify for the Psychological Assistant II position you must have a PhD or Psy.D and per R156-61-601(3) Individuals must receive their Psychology Resident License from DOPL within 45 days of the individual’s doctoral degree posting. This job title requires a license as a Psychologist or Certified Psychology Resident per Utah Code Annotated (UCA) 58-61-301.
Why You Should Join Our Team

The Utah Department of Corrections encourages the professional growth of individual staff. The Utah Department of Corrections is a team of professionals who are dedicated to ensuring the public’s safety. You will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide a generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance.

The Agency

The Utah Department of Corrections is a dedicated team of professionals who ensures public safety by effectively managing offenders while maintaining close collaboration with partner agencies and the community. Our team is devoted to providing maximum opportunities for offenders to make lasting changes through accountability, treatment, education, and positive reinforcement within a safe environment. For more information on the Utah Department of Corrections please click here.

Example of Duties

Develops treatment plans to help clients mobilize inner capacities and resources to improve social functioning.
Documents client/patient progress and revises treatment plans as required; completes administrative paperwork.
Discuss results, findings and/or recommendations with appropriate parties.
Provides consultation, makes recommendations, gives appropriate guidance, and/or facilitates decisions.
Consults with others to discuss treatment plans, new or unusual situations, findings, options, and recommendations on client/patient cases.
Supervises subordinate personnel including: hiring, determining workload and delegating assignments, training, monitoring and evaluating performance, and initiating corrective or disciplinary actions.
Selects, administers, interprets psychological tests and risk instruments commensurate with the referral question..

Typical Qualifications
(includes knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

human behavior and performance, mental processes, psychological research, or assessment, methods, and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders
provide psychological assessment and counseling
diagnosis and therapeutic intervention
develop individualized treatment plans
provide individual, group and/or family counseling
use non-violent crisis intervention techniques
communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
enter, transcribe, record, store, or maintain information in either written or electronic form.
make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
develop approaches for implementation of an idea, program or change in operations
evaluate information against a set of standards
work with or contribute to a work group or team to complete assigned task(s)
supervise others by assigning/directing work; conducting employee evaluations, staff training and development, taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination recommendations, etc.
information and techniques needed to rehabilitate physical and mental ailments and to provide career guidance including alternative treatments, rehabilitation equipment and its proper use, and methods to evaluate treatment effectiveness
speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally

Supplemental Information

Licensed to practice psychology in Utah
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.

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