Statewide Services Bureau of Technical Support
Minimum Qualifications A doctoral degree in a clinical field of psychology (see notes below);
EITHER a one-year, full-time pre-doctoral clinical internship
OR one year of psychology experience in a clinical setting, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. You must demonstrate on your application how you meet this qualification.
You must indicate the conferral date of the qualifying doctoral degree and clearly state the dates of the one-year, full-time pre-doctoral clinical internship on the NYS-APP application form or the online application.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Associate Psychologist will serve as a field team senior clinician in the Bureau of Technical Support (BTS). BTS is part of OPWDD's investment and initiative in supporting provider agencies in their support of individuals who may have complex behavioral health and/or medical support needs. BTS is within the Division of Statewide Services and is comprised of five (5) field teams that cover the Developmental Disabilities Regional Office footprint ensuring that services are delivered throughout the State. As a field team senior clinician, the selected candidate will be responsible for their field team’s coordinated review and delivery of technical assistance to providers to be able to assist them in serving individuals with complex needs.
The field team senior clinician will serve as a member of the Bureau’s and Division’s interdisciplinary teams, providing a full range of consultative, assessment, and training to programs under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist. This includes conducting psychological evaluations and behavior assessments, developing, and reviewing treatment plans and providing consultation, supervision, direction, evaluation, and oversight to programs certified or funded by OPWDD, collaboration with other state agencies (e.g., OMH, DOH, NYSED, OASAS), and engagement with community stakeholders.
This position requires direct experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities who present with complex behaviors and co-occurring mental health diagnoses, a strong knowledge of the supports and services provided by OPWDD and the regulations guiding their implementation, experience conducting, developing and/or reviewing psychological assessments and treatment plans, expertise in progress monitoring and data analysis, crisis prevention and intervention, and familiarity with other community-based service settings (e.g., individual/family homes, public and residential educational programs, mental health programs and services).
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide technical support within the OPWDD Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) Region 3 footprint (Capital District, Taconic, and Hudson Valley). The candidate will use evidenced-informed best practices, a trauma informed and responsive approach and commitment to cultural humility.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• On-site observation and engagement, to enable effective evaluation, consultation, and person-centered planning.
• Provide direct case consultations, professional mentorship, training, and program monitoring to support agency/program staff with people experiencing crisis, or to assist them in the prevention of imminent crisis.
• Perform various assessments (e.g., risk, need, functional and psychological) and review prior evaluations and clinical plans of care.
• Complete consultation reports to include formal recommendations, referrals, and treatment alternatives.
• Collaborate with the OPWDD Regional Field Office to develop strength-based referrals.
• Develop and foster cross-systems collaborations to better assist providers in serving people with complex behavioral needs (e.g. Adult Protective Services, OMH, DOH, NYSED).
• Develop and provide trainings on clinically relevant topics
• Provide front-line supervision to the field team specialist(s).
• Co-chair of the regional Community of Practice to foster collaboration and build bridges to community-based services and participate in other committees/agency work-groups as delegated.
• Other duties as assigned by the Bureau Director.
*Travel percentage is an estimated average; actual travel time may vary to support the needs of the Bureau.
Additional Comments Please Note:
*Travel required 60%
*Telecommuting to be discussed at interview
• The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and it's Division of Statewide Services is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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