School Psychologist / Psychometrist - Clinician II
Nature of Work:
Work in this class includes day-to-day activities in the Social Services department. Activities include supervision of and working with youth within the detention and post-adjudicated program. This person is administratively responsible to the Director of Programs.
Illustrative Examples of Work:
The Clinician II (School Psychologist / Psychometrist):
• Assists with conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations and targeted assessments of youth at the facility for local juvenile courts in the 21st and 22nd Judicial Districts.
• Administers various relevant psychological assessment instruments to youth at the facility, scores assessment protocols and enters data and scores into a report.
• Compiles external and ancillary relevant assessment and evaluation data on youth targeted for evaluation/assessment.
• Writes and formats evaluation and assessment reports under the direction of a Licensed Psychologist.
• Conducts interviews with youth and parents/guardians.
• Requests relevant records for youth from various external agencies and professionals.
• Manages a limited caseload of youth from detention and/or the post-adjudicated program.
• Develops and maintains case files and mental health treatment plans (as needed).
• Maintains contact with outside agencies as it relates to each youth.
• Participates in multi-disciplinary staffings on youth, as well as various other staffings and meetings.
• Attends to youth’s emotional and physical needs.
• Monitors group dynamics to prevent fighting and escape attempts. Mediates disagreements between youth with other FPJDC staff.
• Establishes and maintains a communication link with detained youth while providing positive reinforcement. Assists youth in education endeavors and conducts counseling sessions and other therapeutic milieus as per Director of Programs.
• Maintains a proper suicide watch for youth that exhibit self-destructive tendencies and/or for youth identified as having suicidal ideation/tendencies. Communicates with the Director of Programs, the Director of Operations, and the Director of Medical Services.
• Provides ongoing communication with medical, educational, security and administrative staff as necessary to ensure continuity of care for youth.
• Keeps up with changes in policies and procedures, therapeutic milieus, and other required training.
• Attends all departmental meetings, etc. Attends required facility in-services, training and other workshops/training to enhance and maintain professional development.
• Performs any service the Director of Programs may request as it pertains to management duties and/or the care of youth or proper administration of the support services program as required by facility policy, licensing guidelines and/or PbS standards.
Necessary Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
The position requires:
• Strong understanding of psychological assessment
• Excellent technical writing skills
• Understanding of adolescent development and knowledge of child and adolescent psychopathology
• The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing,
• The ability to complete tasks, reports and projects in a timely manner
• Astute attention to details
• Focus on organization
• Considerable and demonstrated skill in counseling and crisis intervention,
• Thorough knowledge of FPJDC Policies and Procedures,
• Having a resourceful and imaginative nature.
• Being able to contribute to and function on a team of professional service providers and
• Taking direction and feedback well from administrative staff.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
It is also anticipated that some stress will be associated with this position primarily due to deadlines and irregular work flow. It is necessary that the individual have the capacity to remain calm, considerate and tactful.
Must exercise a high level of confidentiality in handling client records and privileged facility information.
Desirable Training and Experience:
• Master’s or Specialist level degree in psychology
• School or clinical psychology background preferred
• Requisite coursework in psychological tests and measurement and psychological assessment
2. Criminal Background Check / Child Abuse and Neglect Clearance System (CANS)
Applicants must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check through the Louisiana State Police, as required by state law. Applicants must also satisfactorily complete a screen of the Child Abuse and Neglect Clearance System (CANS)
3. Diana Screen
Applicants must complete a Diana Screen. The Diana Screen is an easy-to- use, pre-hire/volunteer risk management screen that keeps youth safe from sexual abuse and sexual boundary violations. It is a computerized test that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is administered by the Human Resources department of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. For more information about The Diana Screen® please visit: www.DianaScreen.com.
4. Physical Health Screen
Applicants must complete a basic health assessment/questionnaire with the Ochsner Occupational Health Clinic in Covington, Louisiana.
4. Drug Screen
Applicants must submit to, and satisfactorily complete, a drug screen.