CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 568
Established: 7/96
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2

PSYCHOLOGY INTERN

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under close supervision, to provide psychotherapy and other psychological services to mental health clients with complex or difficult mental or emotional disorders; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Mental Health Division within the Department of Human Services offers comprehensive mental health services to residents of the County.  Programs include treatment of chronic and transitory mental and emotional disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, gerontological and adolescent problems, and developmental disabilities.  The Division provides counseling, day treatment, case management, civil commitment, crisis response and vocational rehabilitation services.

The Psychology Intern is a pre-doctoral candidate completing the County’s internship program.  Internship is limited to a maximum one-year term of appointment.  The internship program focuses on refining the intern’s clinical skills and exposing the intern to a diverse client population.  Psychology Interns work under the close direction of licensed psychologists in providing outpatient psychotherapy and diagnostic services.  Other supervised clinical activities include psychological assessment, intake evaluations, treatment planning and consultation.  Interns are also exposed to issues related to ethics, professional development and the law as it relates to clinical practice.  

The Psychology Intern differs from the Psychologist 1 which is a post-doctoral position.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Selects, administers, scores and interprets psychological tests to assess individual intelligence, aptitudes, abilities and interests; integrates data with psychological evaluation information; diagnoses behavioral disorders and formulates treatment plans; prepares written reports.
  2. Counsels and treats individuals, families and groups using various psychological techniques; selects approach and plans frequency, intensity and duration of therapy; conducts crisis intervention and provides intake, referral and diversion services; consults with other professionals and agencies regarding treatment plans and case planning and coordination.
  3. Documents and maintains client contact records; completes client evaluations, case summaries, intake and termination papers, billing documentation and related correspondence.
  4. Researches psychological information; reviews client records and professional journals and texts; communicates with psychologists and other mental health professionals.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Working knowledge of:  Principles and theory of psychology, psychopathology, psycho diagnostics, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, behavior modification, normal and abnormal human development and behavior analysis; clinical assessment methods and techniques; ethics and laws governing the treatment of mental health patients and clients; case management methods; client charting standards; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.

Skill to:  Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; select, administer, score and interpret standardized tests of intelligence, achievement, aptitude, personality and behavior; prepare written diagnoses; conduct clinical assessments; provide individual and group therapy; maintain client records; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County staff and the public; operate computer software and other office equipment.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Pursuing Doctoral degree in psychology.

Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Driving may be necessary for County business.  For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.  For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.