Statewide Services Bureau of Technical Support
Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the current Civil Service eligible list;
Transfer Opportunity for Psychologist 2: Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Psychologist 2 and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be in a title deemed appropriate for transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law;
Provisional Appointment Qualifications for Psychologist 2: In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who meet the following promotion or open competitive qualifications may be qualified for a provisional appointment:
Promotion Minimum Qualifications: Psychologist 2 – Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Psychologist 1 or as a Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language);
Open Competitive Minimum Qualifications for Psychologist 2:
Candidates must have a Master of Psychology degree from a regionally accredited college or university psychology degree program which prepares graduates for clinical positions in the field of psychology in a clinical, forensic, community mental health, or school setting. Qualifying degree programs must have included coursework in psychological and behavioral assessment, and treatment modalities for psychological and behavioral disorders; AND - For Psychologist 2 - you must also have three years of supervised post master's degree experience in a clinical, forensic, community mental health, or school setting, where your primary duties were providing psychological services as described below.
Substitution for Post-Master’s degree experience: - Doctoral degree in a clinical field of psychology may be substituted for both the education and experience requirements above. - Clinical psychology practicum, externship, or fieldwork assignment, that was completed as part of a qualifying master of psychology degree program, may be substituted for one year of the required experience. - Certificate of advanced study in a clinical field of psychology or school psychology may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
For the purposes of qualifying for these examinations, examples of qualifying degree programs/majors include but are not limited to the following: clinical psychology, clinical forensic psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, and child psychology.
Examples of non-qualifying degree programs/majors include but are not limited to the following: education, counseling, clinical counseling, clinical hypnosis, community counseling, educational counseling, forensic counseling, guidance counseling, human relations, marriage and family counseling, professional counseling, rehabilitative counseling, school counseling, student and personnel services, mental health counseling, psychological counseling, pastoral psychology, transpersonal psychology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, industrial psychology, and organizational psychology.
*For the purposes of these examinations, qualifying experience is considered to be direct experience with individuals, families, or groups in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program, under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, licensed psychologist, licensed physician, licensed psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or licensed clinical social worker (Or in the case of school psychologists with permanent certification from the New York State Education Department, working under the supervision of a school principal or similar administrator). In order for experience to be considered qualifying, primary duties must have included activities such as administering assessments and tests for diagnostic psychological evaluations or completing functional behavior assessments; developing behavior support plans or writing psychological treatment plans; and/or providing psychological counseling and treatment in one or more of the following areas: mental and/or emotional disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, alcoholism, addictions, substance abuse disorders, sex offender assessment and treatment, or forensic mental health.
Examples of non-qualifying experience include but are not limited to experience in experimental psychology, research psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, health psychology, utilization review, guidance counseling, pastoral counseling, or as a habilitation specialist, or instructor of psychology.
**A practicum, externship, or clinical fieldwork assignment is defined as a direct clinical experience providing psychological services in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program; and must have been a component of a qualifying master of psychology degree program listed on the official transcript.
Duties Description POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Psychologist 2 (PSOL2) 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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