CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 576
Established:  01/79
Revised:  07/81
FLSA: Exempt
EEO:  2

PSYCHOLOGIST, SENIOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under general direction, to perform advanced-level clinical services including conducting complex psychological evaluations, serving as staff consultant on difficult treatment cases or complex treatment program areas; to lead or oversee formal research projects and activities in a specialty area; 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.

The Senior Psychologist is the highest level in the series; incumbents form the most advanced, complex clinical/psychological and consultative services to staff, clients, other users and affiliates of the County's Mental Health Program.  This class differs from Psychologist 2 by the former's highly developed skills, expertise, and knowledge required to proficiently performing the duties imposed upon Senior Psychologist assignments.  While supervision of staff is not typically assigned to this class, the Senior Psychologist is expected to oversee lower level therapists and assist them in treating difficult client behavioral disorders, establishing/affirming accurate diagnoses, and in assessing treatment progress.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  1. Conducts and oversees the administration of sophisticated, complex psychological evaluations and interprets the data to determine treatment approach, client progress; establishes treatment plans, monitors/revises diagnosis of client behavior.
  2. Performs interviewing, psychotherapeutic activities, and other recognized rehabilitative psychological procedures to effect change in behavior of clients experiencing extreme, complex problems, or maladjustments.
  3. Conducts sophisticated research activities in consultation with staff members and works collaboratively on institutional research with members of other agencies; writes articles for publication.
  4. Interprets results of psychological examinations, formal research or evaluation studies to various community facilities and institutions such as schools, industry, clinics, churches, courts, other community resources, and members of other professional disciplines.
  5. Assumes a major role in the development or evaluation of programs in area of specialty; provides resident expertise to management and staff to enhance, refine program services.
  6. As senior clinician, coordinates or assists in the training and supervision of other staff; provides needed consultation and expertise on difficult treatment procedures or complicated behavioral disorders; maintains/monitors case files.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Comprehensive knowledge of: Principles of community mental health; psychotherapeutic techniques; techniques of preventative mental health; complex, sophisticated psychological tests and testing procedures; statistics and statistical methods; psychological evaluations; developmental psychology, personality theory and organic defects; contemporary research in area of specialty; research methodologies and procedures.

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

Skill to: Conduct research and to use that research as a basis for formal recommendations; apply appropriate laws, regulations, and professional ethics to the field and practice of mental health; compose clear, concise, and logical reports on complex or technical matters; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with the general public, other employees, and with clients; interpret and administer diagnostic and treatment planning and carrying out recommendations as directed; apply treatment methods, and assume a complex, difficult case load; accurately make classifications and prognoses on behavior disorders; prepare psychological case reports; act as lead worker for other professional staff as assigned; establish and maintain effective working relationships; operate computer software and other office equipment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties are performed in a variety of environments involving both sedentary and walking activities; incumbents work with varied socioeconomic groups, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, alcoholic and drug addicted 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 the required knowledge and skills.