Court Clinician

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court - Cleveland, OH3.5

Full-time$57,000 a year
  • Title: Court Clinician (2 positions) Salary Grade: 19
Division/Department: Court Administration Salary Range: $57,329.18

Reports To: Director/Diagnostic Clinic Date Posted: 9/6/19

FLSA Status: Exempt Last Revised: 10/26/17

Benefits of Employment

Insurance: Comprehensive Health, Dental, Vision, Life and an Employee Assistance Program. Supplemental Life may be purchased at group rates.

Paid Time Off: Ten (10) holidays, vacation time (after 6 months) of three (3) weeks per year for the first eight (8) years of service, and sick time.

Retirement: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) with 14% annual employer contribution and Deferred Compensation Plans.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty listed below. Reasonable accommodations will be made for disabled persons covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in accordance with its requirements.

The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Diagnostic Clinic performs forensic mental health evaluations to assist jurists in balancing concerns for juvenile rehabilitation and public safety. The Juvenile Court is committed to prevention and diversion for low-risk youth and to top-quality intervention for high-risk offenders.

The Court Clinician will assist the Diagnostic Clinic in producing forensic assessments that comply with guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) and best practice standards and that are responsive to referral questions. Interventions with youths will be mindful of prevention and diversion where appropriate and will be informed by evidence-based practices and trauma-informed care.

Provides psychological services to court-involved youth within the scope of practice of a Master's Level Clinician.

Triages juvenile cases at court hearings using clinical interview and brief assessment measures bearing on issues of serious mental illness, substance use, and intellectual disability; and, makes immediate recommendations to judges and magistrates regarding interventions.

Provides consultation on mental health matters to other departments in the juvenile justice system, including courtrooms, probation, and juvenile detention.

Works with courtroom personnel to determine if a referral for psychological evaluation is warranted and to assist in crafting referral questions designed to yield responses useful to jurists.

Remains available to the Probation Department and to any other Juvenile Court departments for case consultation as needs arise.

Produces comprehensive evaluations of youth and/or family members concerning juvenile delinquency, adult psychological functioning, and child custody/visitation matters.

Testifies as an expert witness in court trials.

Dictates reports using a digital voice recorder or voice recognition software.

Runs competency attainment/restoration programs for youth found incompetent to stand trial but potentially restorable.

Administers, scores, and interprets psychological testing of clients, as appropriate to obtained level of training.

Monitors the stock of psychological testing supplies and orders additional materials as needed.

Reviews client referrals for completeness and pursues missing documents when necessary.

Provides diagnostic and treatment feedback, as appropriate, to parents, probation officers, detention center staff, physicians, school personnel, and outside agencies.

Functions well under evaluation deadlines imposed by law or required for meeting the needs of the Court system.

Supervises/facilitates intervention groups with youth placed in the Juvenile Detention Center using evidence-based treatment programs.

Participates actively as a multi-disciplinary team member.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Trains staff members and assures quality in the provision of direct clinical services consisting of evaluation and treatment by other mental health staff and consultants as well as local university placement students, residents, and fellows.

Oversees the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological testing by other staff members, as appropriate to obtained level of training.

Equipment Operated

Standard office equipment and office technology such as copy machines, personal computers and telephones.

Confidential Data

Includes, but not limited to, all court-related case data with which the employee may come into contact with while working in the facility.

Working Conditions

  • in a general office setting with moderate noise levels.
Usual Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, to speak clearly, and to hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Knowledge of the administration and interpretation of a variety of psychological tests including intellectual, educational/achievement and personality instruments. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and court staff. Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. Ability to practice cultural awareness and competency. Ability to preserve the integrity and dignity of all Diagnostic Clinic clients. Ability to build rapport with youth who may be defensive or treatment resistant. Ability to travel locally on occasion.

Education and/or Experience

A Master's Degree in Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, or a closely related field is required.


Three years of postgraduate experience working with children and families is preferred. Prior work experience in a court or correctional/institutional setting is preferred. Ability to provide psychological testing services consisting of administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological measures, understanding limitations in reliability and validity of test findings, and integrating results into forensic evaluations is preferred.

Licensure or Certification Requirements

Ohio state licensure or license eligibility for independent practice is preferred.

Court Expectations of Employee

In accomplishing the responsibilities of this position, the Court expects that the employee will adhere to the mission and values of the Court as well as all Court policies and procedures. In addition, while carrying out the duties of this position, the employee is expected to model high ethical conduct on and off the job, and exhibit a professional and respectful demeanor with all Court employees.

Court Mission Statement

To administer justice, rehabilitate juveniles, support and strengthen families, and promote public safety.

Application Procedure

Current Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division Employees:

  • The deadline to apply is _9/20/2019.
  • Please visit to complete and submit the Job Posting Response Form to the Human Resources Division.
  • The Job Posting Response form must be received in Human Resources by the job posting deadline for consideration as a candidate for the posted position.
External Applicants:
  • This position will remain posted until filled.
  • Please visit to view this posting and to complete and submit the Application for Employment.

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