CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 571
Established:  07/81
FLSA:  Exempt
EEO:  2

PSYCHOLOGIST 2

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under direction, to independently perform a variety of clinical services, including conducting psychological evaluations, individual and group psychotherapy, and formal research activities; to participate in various program and mental health functions, activities in the professional community; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Psychologist series is primarily focused on providing professional counseling/treatment; formal research and evaluation, and clinical consultation services concerning the design and implementation of community mental health programs for the emotionally/mentally disturbed populace of Clackamas County.  

The Psychologist series differs from the Mental Health Specialist series in that the former classes require: advanced formal education and training in psychological theory and treatment modalities; and demonstrated proficiency to attain licensure, to conduct psychological evaluations and to provide clinical/psychological consultative services.

Psychologist 2 is the second working level in the series.  Incumbents are assigned difficult case loads and duties requiring proficient treatment, assessment/evaluative and diagnostic skills, and a thorough knowledge of community mental health programs, current trends, and philosophies.  Advancement to Psychologist 2 is predicated upon 1) program need and manpower requirements, and 2) demonstrated proficiency, skill development and overall performance.  Senior Psychologist, the highest level in the series, differs by its more complex work and case assignments and its lead clinician responsibility, overseeing difficult cases of lower level professional staff.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  1. Under general direction, administers, scores, analyzes and interprets psychological tests to evaluate behavior and to establish a diagnosis and prepare sophisticated treatment plans for difficult cases.
  2. Observes, interviews, and conducts therapy with clients, family members, applicants and other relevant parties in order to provide ongoing treatment, rehabilitation, and crisis intervention services.
  3. Interprets research findings, summarizes and qualifies research data to prepare formal or technical reports or evaluation studies.
  4. Conducts or sponsors specialized training, consultation or lead supervision to staff and other professionals throughout the community on mental health principles, mental illness, mental retardation and alcoholism or substance abuse, and current trends.
  5. Provides consultation to other health or social service agencies regarding differential diagnosis and formulation of individualized training or treatment plans and appropriate placement plans.
  6. Maintains and monitors case files; issues correspondence and updates client information as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of: Principles, methods, procedures, and techniques of psychological behavior, roles, social and neurological disorders and the application of psychological treatments to these disorders; terminology and definitions of clinical and abnormal psychology; activities governed by a professional code of ethics and rules of confidentiality; principles, methods, and procedures of psychological testing and devices used to ascertain intelligence, aptitude, and personality traits; use of statistics and statistical methods, accepted research, methodologies, and practices; case management and casework methods.

Working knowledge of: Office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.

Skill to: Conduct necessary research and to use that research as a basis for recommendation; apply appropriate laws, regulations, and code of ethics to the mental health field and practice; write clear, logical reports on technical or complex matters; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with the public, other employees, or with clients; conduct, interpret and administer diagnostic and treatment planning and psychological tests; assist in program planning to carry out recommendations and directives; provide expertise, consultation to other staff regarding difficult treatment procedures or diagnoses; establish and maintain effective working relationships; operate computer software and other office equipment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are performed in various environments involving both sedentary and walking activities; incumbents work with varied socioeconomic groups, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, alcoholic and substance abusing clients and their families.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Requires licensure by the Oregon State Board of Psychologist Examiners.  

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

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

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 would demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and skills.