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ADC PSYCHOLOGIST
Agency: Department of Correction
Office:
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Date Posted: 03/20/2017
Posting Expires: 01/11/2018
Summary
The Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) Psychologist is responsible for providing clinical oversight, leadership, and direction to mental health services staff and correctional staff in correctional settings, from minimum to super maximum security, within the Arkansas Department of Correction. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
Oversees and/or performs crisis intervention and suicide assessment for inmates and provides feedback to other mental health staff regarding such interventions and assessments.

Performs assessments of inmates regarding diagnostic considerations, mental status, and behavioral concerns, in order to provide input into treatment program recommendations, treatment plans, case management, and referrals for medication management.

Provides clinical supervision to mental health staff and/or interns in the delivery of mental health services to the inmate population.

Oversees and/or performs inmate segregation reviews to assess inmate isolation/segregation status.

Provides individual and group counseling/therapy to the general inmate population and to inmates secured in maximum security settings.

Participates in department, medical, and unit committees to ensure and improve the quality of service delivery of inmate psychological services and coordinate treatment efforts.

Prepares and presents professional presentations and/or training to peers, security, and appropriate public entities for the purposes of education and public relations as requested.

Assists in developing research and/or outcome assessment activities within the department.

Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Risk of exposure to personal injury and/or verbal abuse as a result of interactions with convicted felons in the inmate population. Frequent in-state travel between correctional facilities may be required. On-call duty to provide consultation to other mental health staff may be required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of current correctional practices, specific inmate therapeutic
modalities/interventions, assessment procedures, and accepted standards within the
field for treatment in correctional settings.
Knowledge of psychological theories and the principles of human behavior.
Knowledge of psychological testing procedures and evaluation methods.
Ability to administer and evaluate psychological tests.
Ability to conduct individual/group counseling sessions and develop individualized
treatment plans.
Ability to prepare reports and maintain files.
Ability to monitor and document behavior patterns and modify programs.
Ability to work with other staff in the correctional setting in responding to inmate crises,
providing continuity of care, and maintaining unit safety and security.
Ability to provide clinical supervision to mental health staff and other correctional staff.
Ability to testify in court as an expert witness.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited institution or a substantially similar doctoral degree in a closely allied field; plus two years of experience performing psychological therapy and individual evaluations, including one year in a behavioral or correctional setting.
Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management.

OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Preferred Qualifications
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must be licensed as a Psychologist by the State Board of Examiners in Psychology in accordance with ACA 17-97-302.

Must possess a valid Arkansas driverís license.
Agency Specific Information
The starting salary for this position is $84,671.74. All salary offers are subject to approval by the Office of Personnel Management subject to authority provided by the state pay plan.
College degree and/or transcripts and DD214/NGB-22 must be faxed to 870-850-8550 for additional qualification processes.
Applicants must submit a completed State of Arkansas application. The Work History section of the application must be completed or it will not be considered. Please list ALL prior jobs on the state application. Resumes may accompany, but will not replace the state application. NOTE: We do not accept faxed or printed applications.
Other job related education and experience may be substituted for all or part of the minimum requirements upon review.
The Arkansas Department of Correction is a drug free workplace.
Job Details
Position No.: 2215-2265
Class Code: L097C
Grade: MP03
Salary Range: $79,879.00 - $113,428.00 per year
Background
check required?
Yes
Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Mental Health/McPherson Unit - Newport AR
Job County/Region: Jackson
Contact Information
Contact name: Lyn Bennett
Phone: 870-850-8539
Email: Lyn.Bennett@Arkansas.gov
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