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Clinical Psychologist - Contra Costa County, CA



Contra Costa County, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

The Behavioral Health Division and Health Centers is offering an excellent employment opportunity with its three (3) Clinical Psychologist positions:

  • One position in the Conservatorship’s Office
  • One position in the Utilization Review Unit
  • One position in the Pittsburg Health Center

Conservatorship’s Office

The Clinical Psychologist in the Conservatorship’s Office is responsible for evaluating clients for diagnosis and grave disability, then testifying in court about these issues. The Psychologist will be performing various kinds of testing such as risk or differential diagnosis. They may also be appointed as Deputy Conservators.

Utilization Review Unit

The Utilization Review Unit performs concurrent reviews, which is a chart review process outlined by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). The DHCS requires Mental Health Plans to respond to all requests for inpatient psychiatric admissions within twenty-four hours, including weekends and holidays. The Clinical Psychologist will be responsible for performing inpatient chart reviews and remaining in compliance with Mental Health Plan state regulations.

Pittsburg Health Center

Contra Costa Health provides quality health care to the public at many convenient locations. The Clinical Psychologist will be responsible for providing behavioral health intervention, intakes, brief therapy, and assistance with linkage to follow up care for mild to moderately impaired patients at the Pittsburg Health Center. Additionally, providing assistance with brief therapy at other clinic locations throughout the County, as needed.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a significant working knowledge of psychological testing administration and report writing
  • Has a positive communication style, both verbally and in writing, & communicates clearly and professionally with staff and community providers
  • Works effectively as a team member and effectively analyzes and prioritizes situations
  • Acknowledges and respects cultural and linguistic differences of diverse populations
  • Understands the community we serve and can be mindful of their values

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Conducting psychological evaluations including diagnosis and treatment recommendations
  • Performing psychotherapeutic interventions in groups, individual, and family situations
  • Selecting, administering, and interpreting a variety of standardized screening and psychological measures
  • Providing consultative services to medical staff, behavioral health staff, and community agencies
  • Testifying in court as an expert witness in psychology, grave disability, and/or other areas of expertise
  • Providing clinical supervision to graduate students/interns pursuing an advanced degree or state licensure

A few reasons why you might love this job:

  • There is a great amount of variety in the work.
  • There will be ample opportunity to use testing skills.
  • You will be working with a team of people who are dedicated and have a passion for their work, focusing on our common mission and goals to serve our community.
  • This role is unique within the county and offers opportunities to collaborate with multiple systems of care and to teach others to do so effectively as well.
  • A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • You may have to work under pressure and deliver services/feedback in tight timeframes.
  • There is a lot of problem-solving involved when issues arise.
  • You may have to support trainees who are struggling with the testing protocols or turnaround times.

Minimum Qualifications:

License Required:

1) Possession of a Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license will be accepted during the application process.

2)Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology.

Education: Possession of a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D or Psy.D) in Psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited educational institution.

Experience: One (1) year of full-time, or its equivalent, experience providing psychological and behavioral health services in a medical setting or specialty behavioral health unit. This one (1) year may include pre or postdoctoral experience.

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