Child Psychological Assessment Specialist in Denver, CO at Mental Health Center of Denver

Date Posted: 11/29/2017

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POSITION SUMMARY:  The psychological assessment department within the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) is seeking a full-time child clinical psychologist to join our team. The position will primarily entail clinical work and the training of psychology students as it relates to psychological assessment. Primary functions will be to evaluate general psychological functioning of a full range of outpatient psychiatric clients ranging from children to young adults. Most referrals are internal, made by MHCD psychiatrists and clinicians.

MHCD provides outpatient mental health services to individuals recovering from serious and persistent mental illness. In addition to psychiatric illnesses, many of our clients have suspected neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disabilities, medical comorbidities, and extensive trauma. Assessment services are in high demand and a solid foundation has been built for this thriving program. The department employs three staff psychologists and trains, on average, four pre-doctoral interns and six – eight pre-doctoral externs each academic year. The department currently provides psychological assessments for general cognitive functioning, learning disabilities, psychodiagnostic clarification, personality assessment, and spectrum evaluations. The department also provides neuropsychological evaluations (ages 16+) under the supervision of a board-eligible neuropsychologist. There is an immense need to meet the assessment services available to child, adolescent, and young adult clients referred to our department and to continue to offer robust neurodevelopmental evaluation services.

MHCD is an innovative, national leader in community mental health treatment. Within a university-affiliated APA-accredited internship consortium, four pre-doctoral internship positions are offered at MHCD each year. MHCD has numerous research staff that can assist clinical staff in implementing their desired projects. In winter of 2015 MHCD opened a cutting-edge child and family facility, and demand for assessment of this demographic rapidly increased. Competitive candidates will be enthused by the continued program development opportunity for this unique opportunity to continue to expand our assessment services and offer these much needed services to our clients.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Continued program development of child psychological assessment program at MHCD.
  • Carry own clinical psychological assessment caseload; meet all professional deadlines.
  • Supervision of pre-doctoral interns and externs (psychology doctoral students):
    • Co-supervisor for assessment interns and externs with the following responsibilities:
      • Individual and group supervision
      • Supervision related to test scoring, interpretation and report writing
      • Report editing
      • Final approval and signing off on reports and notes
      • Administrative functions related to assessment department, as requested by Director.
  • Active participant in multidisciplinary team; consult internally with other professionals, assist with treatment planning, attend clinical case review meetings, etc.
  • Engage in peer consultation process with other staff psychologists; may include but is not limited to peer review of reports, case consultation and presentations, didactics etc.
  • Complete administrative duties and special projects, such as participation in presentations, research, program development, and other related projects as requested by the Director.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

EDUCATION:

  • Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PhD) with specialization in assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Doctoral degree and internship from an APA-accredited program.
  • Postdoctoral training in child psychology (preferred, but not required).
  • License or license eligible in the state of Colorado.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Clinical psychological assessment experience with children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Knowledge and experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Minimum of one (1) year supervisory experience.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Experience with and substantial knowledge necessary for the competent assessment of common psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and medical disorders affecting children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Familiarity with or willingness to be trained in Autism-specific assessments (e.g., ADOS) is required. If needed, training would be provided by MHCD for the right candidate.
  • Ability to work well with families and develop practical treatment plans for clients.
  • Experience with neuropsychological assessment, especially related to childhood traumatic brain injury and teratogenic disorders (preferred, but not required).
  • Will demonstrate the expertise and confidence to expand our psychological testing inventory, of needed, to include child and adolescent tests that evaluate multiple domains.
  • Knowledge, training, and experience with general psychological testing (administration, scoring, interpretation, report writing, treatment recommendations, and feedback).
  • Familiarity with objective and projective personality testing, as applicable to the population, is preferred.
  • Clinical competence in assessing and treating Spanish-English bilingual clients would be a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with DSM-5 and ICD-9, as well as diagnostic techniques.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with others and to work in integrated team environment; comfortable consulting with other professionals, such as psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, therapists, program managers etc.
  • Comfortable receiving feedback that aids in professional development.
  • Ability to work with large degree of independence.
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks and efficiently work in a demanding work environment.
  • Ambitious, self-starter that is excited by program development opportunities.
  • Treatment planning experience preferred.
  • Training and experience serving diverse populations; understands the need and importance of delivering multi-culturally competent mental health services.

PHYSICAL REQIUREMENTS:   Ability to sit, stand, bend and reach, drive, operate standard office equipment such as phone, computer, facsimile, copier/printer, and other business machines.  Occasional lifting up to 40 lbs.

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive salary.
  • Opportunity to work for one of the premier community mental health centers in the US.
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including matching retirement savings program.
  • Eligibility for Public Loan Service Forgiveness (PSLF) by virtue of MHCD’s 503© non-profit status.
  • Location qualifies for participation in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.
  • Great team environment that highly encourages work/life balance
  • Recovery focused, strengths based treatment model that focuses on resiliency and wellbeing.
  • Opportunity to work in beautiful Denver, Colorado. There is something for everyone – from our vibrant downtown scene to the incredible suburbs, each with their own unique charm and community. Whether you like the arts, cultural events, or outdoor activities, you will never be bored in this city that offers tons of sunshine and mild winters. Denver offers quick, easy access to the state’s biggest attraction, the Rocky Mountains, where a wealth of national and state parks, national forests and scenic areas offer you a plethora of choices for fun activities! Visit www.denver.org for more information about our exciting city.

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