Extended Job Title
Sr. Correctional Psychologist
Org Level 1
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ctr
Org Level 7
691501 - Psych Montford Unit
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.
Communicates respectfully with team members and supervisor 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 on behalf of the patients. Communicates effectively and productively with patients' family members as needed and permitted based on current policies. 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.
Dependability - on time for treatment team, arranges coverage, notifies team members of absences. Scheduling - Patient's ITP's are reviewed based on timeframes stipulated in current policies and pertaining to release planning. Contribution- reports relevant information regarding O/P’s symptoms in context of the current DSM to corroborate diagnoses of record and current level of functioning so treatment teams can adjust treatment plans accordingly. Coordination-assists in the interviewing of O/P’s and other staff members using professional and assertive verbal/non-verbal communication. Preparedness-arrives with necessary materials to complete Individualized Treatment Plans and special staffing notes.
Monitoring and Assessment (Psychosocial Evaluation):
Staff member monitors each offender patient prior to a tx team review. Required documentation is noted in the medical record. Meets standards for quality, quantity, time frames as set by supervisor and team. Staff member conducts a patient interview on or before the 10th work day after the date of admission. 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.
Case Management Tasks:
Responds to I-60's in accordance to existing policies. Responds to family calls per policy and using required forms. Documents family calls in the medical record. Completes release planning tasks including necessary communication and paperwork in a timely manner and according to policy and procedure. Manages treatment team referrals in timely and appropriate manner. Manages referrals to specialized programs in a timely and appropriate manner.
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.
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
Minimum Hire Rate
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications
Holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and licensed as a psychologist in the state of TX. Has experience working with people who are mentally ill. 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 psycological, 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.
HSC - Correctional Managed Health Care
Psych Montford Unit
Professional License or Certification
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.
- 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.
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.
+ * 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.