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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/01/23

Applications Due12/15/23

Vacancy ID145264

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitlePsychologist 2

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade23

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $81705 to $103350 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Other (see below)

"Other" Explanation Day Shift with 2 days to end at 6:00 pm<br />Evening &amp; Weekend Duty May be Required

Hours Per Week 40


From 8 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Queens

Street Address Bernard Fineson DDSOO - Community

80-45 Winchester Boulevard

City Queens Village


Zip Code11427

Minimum Qualifications Permanent Service as a Psychologist 2


You must have a 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:


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 masters’ 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.

Note: 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.

Note: 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.

*Note: Examples of 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.

Note: 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 The duties include being responsible for 5-6 Group Homes but are not limited to the following: development of the Functional Behavioral Assessment and the development and implementation of Individualized Behavior Support Plan (BSP) including the Fading Plan with ongoing staff in-services for every update.
The psychologist will develop/modify/ update behavior goals and he/she/they will provide regular counseling with individuals designated by the team as needing these ongoing services.
The psychologist will attend all meetings pertaining to the individuals in their group homes, including Life Plan Meetings, Meetings with Voluntary agencies, consultations with psychiatric providers, etc.
They will in-service all staff if there are changes in the BSP. They will work with all members of their team (Direct Care Staff, House Supervisor, Treatment Team Leader, Recreational therapist, Day Hab Specialist, Dieticians, OT, PT, and Speech and Language Therapists, to assist the individuals to reach their goals and to maximize their inclusion in the community.
The psychologist is responsible to obtain consents for each individuals’ psychotropic medication and rights restrictions/limitations from either the guardian, involved family member, or the individual himself if he is deemed competent. The psychologist will present each case to the Human Rights Committee for their approval.
The Psychologist will conduct Cognitive, Adaptive, Capacity (including Sexual) Assessments, Suicidal/Homicidal Risk Assessments, The Psychologist may receive a specialized assignment. The Psychologist will ensure proper implementation and use of the Electronic Health Records. If they are a State Employee, the Psychologist will be up to date with their SLMS trainings. Psychologists position can volunteer for Administrator on Duty Roster.
The functions performed are unique to the Psychologist 2. The psychologist will work under the guidance of the Chief Psychologist, as well as other members of their team.
The psychologist will comply with all OPWDD guidelines and regulations as well as be in compliance with the Dept. of Health’s regulatory requirements.

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• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-4785 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.
• 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

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Michelle Goodwin, HR Specialist Trainee 2

Telephone 718-217-5110

Fax 718-264-3436

Email Address


Street Bernard Fineson DDSO Human Resources Office

80-45 Winchester Boulevard, Bldg 80

City Queens Village

State NY

Zip Code 11427


Notes on Applying

Please reference EOA# 2023-112 on all correspondence when submitting resume and cover letter.

Please reference EOA# 2023-112 on all correspondence when submitting resume and cover letter.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit cover letter and résumé by 12/15/2023 to:
Bernard Fineson DDSO
Human Resources Office
Hillside Complex - Bldg. 80
P.O. Box 280507
Queens Village, New York 11428-0507
OR Email to:
OR Fax number: 718-264-3436

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