Sr. Correctional Psychologist

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Sep 25, 2021

Job Description

Position Description

Delivers psychological services in a prison unit. Work involves providing care to psychiatric patients including assessment of patients' psychological needs, formation of treatment plans and conducting therapy with groups or individuals. Is jointly responsible with the psychiatrist for providing medical management and supervision, and for planning and directing all psychiatric clinic services on that unit. Provides clinical supervision to all levels of Mental Health Clinicians and other psychiatric services staff.

Major/Essential Functions

  • Regional Functions and duties: Attends statewide mental health leadership meetings and committees as assigned. Collaborates with mental health leadership teams for both inpatient and outpatient units to ensure continuity of care for inmate caseload population. Provides Regional Mental Health Director, Clinical Director, Executive Management, UTMB, and TDCJ with analysis of data, trends, and quality improvement practices for Montford as needed. Completes postmortems psychological reports for completed suicides in Tech sector. Collaborates and analyzes significant data trends with Regional Director, Clinical Director (Montford), and Managing Director. Present Texas Tech suicide cases to Suicide Prevention Taskforce Committee as scheduled. Performs diagnostic psychological testing as needed.
  • Communication: Communicates respectfully with team members and supervises in a timely manner utilizing direct, complete, and adequate information. Communicates with outside social service and government agencies in a professional manner, upholding and adhering to privacy standards of behalf of the patients. When problems arise they are addressed directly with the person(s) involved or speaks with their supervisor exclusively. Receives and is open to constructive feedback. Seeks feedback from others to improve clinical practice and safety.
  • Treatment Team: Dependability - arranges coverage, notifies team members of absences. Scheduling - Patients ITP's are reviewed based on timeframes stipulated in current policies and pertaining to release planning. Preparedness - Arrives with necessary materials to complete Individualized Treatment Plans and special staffing notes.
  • Monitoring and Assessment (Psychosocial Evaluation): The psychosocial evaluation and all corresponding documentation are completed per policy/supervisory directive. Adheres to clinical and security procedures when monitoring patients and conducting psychosocial evaluations.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of therapeutic approach and creates and maintains positive therapeutic environment. Maintains professional, therapeutic boundaries. Adheres to established guidelines for individual and group demographics. Adheres to established guidelines for individual, psycho-educational and psychotherapeutic groups.
  • Crisis Management: Evaluate for appropriateness for potential inpatient services and either refer to Diagnostic and Evaluation or discharge back to unit of assignment. May include crisis counseling and/or assessment of potential harm to self or others.

This valuable team member shall perform work in a manner that reflects the Values of TTUHSC:
• ONE TEAM unite and include diverse perspectives to achieve our mission
• KINDHEARTED exceed expectations with a kind heart, helping hands, and a positive attitude
• INTEGRITY be honorable and trustworthy even when no one is looking
• VISIONARY nurture innovative ideas, bold explorations, and a pioneering spirit
• BEYOND SERVICE create and deliver positive defining moments

Benefits Offered
• Generous paid time off, sick leave, and holiday schedule
• 100% paid health insurance for full time employees, 50% paid for dependents
• Dental, vision, long-term, and short-term disability benefits.
• State of Texas pension plan that vests in 5 years.
• State Employee tuition forgiveness and tuition assistance for continuing education
• Medical liability insurance for all licensed health care employees.
• And much more.

Occasional Duties

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

+Education:+ * Doctoral degree in psychology from an approved accredited college, university or school of professional psychology. * Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. * 2 years' experience as a practicing psychologist.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and licensed as a psychologist in the state of Texas. Has experience working with people who are mentally ill. Has experience working in a correctional setting. Is able to effectively communicate in writing and verbally. Is capable of working on several tasks simultaneously and does so according to designated time frames and level of importance.
  • Employee is able to interact with people of all cultures, social economic backgrounds and educational levels. Understands and recognizes psychological, emotional and physical boundaries and practices in accordance with that knowledge and understanding. Is able to work in accordance with the standards of TTUHSC, CMHC, TDCJ, and TSBEP. Verbal and written communication is effective in the completion of clinical and administrative job tasks. Demonstrates an interest and ability to build upon existing skills and knowledge to enhance their professional growth and development, i.e. by accepting and using constructive criticism, seeking out training opportunities, etc.

Required Attachments

Professional License or Certification, Resume / CV

Pay Statement

Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.

EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant's race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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Job Address

Lubbock, Texas United States View Map