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Assessment Post Doctoral Fellow

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

This is a Contract position in Wheat Ridge, CO posted July 1, 2020.

Overview Perform psychological evaluations for children and adults referred by Jefferson Center programs and external referral sources.

Provide services to Medicaid clients.

Provide feedback to clients, and referral sources as appropriate, and court testimony upon request, regarding assessment findings and recommendations.

Responsibilities Essential Duties: Perform psychological evaluations, neuropsychological assessment, mental health evaluations, and pre-surgical evaluations for children and adults referred by Jefferson Center programs and external referral sources with which the Center has contracts, such as Social Services.

Coordinate, assign and track referrals from all sources and provide data on productivity and turnaround time.

Engage consumers, appropriate family members, and significant others as requested and consented to by client, in the assessment and recommendation process, utilizing culturally appropriate, strength-based and trauma-informed approaches.

Develop sound diagnostic impressions based on integration of history, mental status, cultural factors, and a standard battery of psychological assessment tools.

Identify risk factors including lethality insuring safety and any necessary mandatory reporting Provide clearly written reports and concrete treatment recommendations that are responsive to the referral question and contextual factors that impact the client.

Provide feedback regarding assessment findings and recommendations to clients in a sensitive, understandable, culturally respectful and trauma informed manner; provide feedback to referral sources that is timely, respectful, and responsive to the referral question; provide court testimony upon request, grounded in professional expertise and demonstrating excellent consultation skills.

Meet timeliness expectations with specified deadlines as identified with contracted agencies (e.g., Social Services, SB94).

Complete Jefferson Center opening paperwork for Medicaid clients not already opened to the Center including creating an electronic health record in Avatar.

Maintain accurate documentation regarding all communications for CORE evaluations including no-shows, issues in scheduling, and need for any extensions if expected time frame for completion of testing cannot be met, etc.

in order to substantiate timely response to referrals, contract expectations, and requests for extensions, when needed.

Submit psychological evaluations to referring party such as Social Services, as expeditiously as possible and keep the client and referring party informed of progress on an ongoing basis.

Psychological evaluations will include a battery of tests including personality (standardized and projective) testing as indicated and specify the psychological tests and/or procedures administered, information from collateral resources, intake/clinical interview, background and referral information, summary, diagnoses on all five axes, and treatment recommendations.

Psychological evaluations will provide information about a person’s overall functioning including a person’s personality, behavioral style, cognitive functioning, and intellectual functioning when requested.

Evaluations requested by Social Services: Written reports will be substantive and provide explicit observations and recommendations about personality and/or intellectual functioning which may impact dependency and neglect issues such as the child’s safety, well-being, and impact of mental health issues on the parents’ ability to provide appropriate care for the child in a culturally respectful manner.

Summary and recommendations may address capacity to change within a specified timeframe, if requested, and prognosis.

Psychological evaluations will be responsive to questions of the referring person, such as Social Services caseworkers or other involved professionals, within the bounds of what can be offered by a psychological evaluation of an individual.

Contribute to the Center’s Doctoral Psychology Internship Program, as requested by Psychology Supervisor and/or Director of the internship program, such as providing supervision of psychological assessments performed by interns, providing didactic seminars on psychological assessment, and assisting in the planning and training provided in the internship program.

Work closely with the Family Services CORE Services coordinator regarding referrals for psychological assessments of individuals funded through county CORE services.

Provide supervision to Assessment Extern students including group supervision, individual supervision, and report writing supervision.

Provided didactic trainings and engage in competency testing of externs.

Maintain a high level of efficient productivity, with a minimum average of 1.5 evaluations completed weekly or about 60 evaluations annually.

Efficiently manage any client no-shows through prompt outreach and rescheduling with said client, or other individuals awaiting assessment.

Participate in fellowship training program, cultural / diversity consultation group, supervision of supervision trainings, and special projects of interest for the post doc year.

Other Duties: (As Necessary) Complete mandatory Jefferson Center training within expected timeframes.

Provide documentation of all services that meets regulations and statutes of HCPF, HIPAA and OBH and other corporate compliance standards.

Monitor testing equipment to ensure ready availability of testing supplies and purchasing of testing materials as needed and keep current inventory to ensure access.

Exhibit enthusiasm, courtesy, flexibility, and spirit of cooperation in the work environment.

Demonstrate initiative and leadership to help the Center successfully meet strategic goals, including the position purpose and duties.

Maintains effective interpersonal relations with consumers, peers, subordinates, management, and the general public.

Maintain appropriate professional standards in conduct and appearance.

Effectively respond to client/consumer needs and problems, initiates and maintains positive interactions, timely response to phone calls, email and other requests.

Work cooperatively with other community agencies, demonstrating excellent customer service and timely responses.

Other duties as assigned.

Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Note: Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job.

This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Qualifications Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required: Doctoral degree in Psychology with coursework and experience in psychological assessments including internship period.

Knowledge and experience utilizing assessment instruments and procedures that meet practice guidelines.

Knowledge of cultural diversity and trauma issues and how they influence diagnosis and intervention required.

Training and experience in Cognitive and Personality.

Early Child testing not required, but preferred.

Knowledge of Social Services mandates and other community agencies’ priorities preferred.

Training in supervision of clinical staff preferred.