Associate Psychologist III
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Austin, TX

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The Associate Psychologist III will be hired and directly supervised by the Associate Psychologist V in consultation with the Director of Behavioral Services. Professional supervision will be provided by the Director of Behavioral Services. The Associate Psychologist III will be accountable to the Associate Psychologist V and Director of Behavioral Services for the delivery of psychological services, including psychological evaluations, therapeutic interventions, and psychological consultation, as well as serving as a member of the Unit and Interdisciplinary Teams. He/she is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating behavior support plans (including comprehensive functional behavioral assessments), staff training, data collection and reporting, and program evaluation. The Associate Psychologist III will provide technical supervision and ensure training and feedback to staff responsible for implementing behavior support plans and will use appropriate supervisory/management staff for assistance as needed. The Associate Psychologist III may be required to work with clients who are violent. The work schedule may vary situationally based upon service needs. The Associate Psychologist III works under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Conducts functional behavioral assessments and ensures development and approval of behavior support plans to meet consumer needs. Conducts or ensures training for staff in applied behavior analysis, individual behavior support plans and other relevant topics to provide adequate staff training to facilitate optimal treatment and training. Monitors and evaluates behavior support plans to ensure effective implementation. Provides documentation (including data tables, graphs, and progress notes) to reflect and evaluate consumers' response to treatment. Participates as an effective member of the Unit and Interdisciplinary Teams to provide psychological/behavioral information and programming perspectives to facilitate overall service delivery. Monitors and evaluates use of restraints and emergency procedures and ensures their accurate and timely documentation to ensure appropriate and minimal use. Ensures coordination in the use and review of psychotropic medications such that these medications are only used in conjunction with behavior support plans. Assures all psychological evaluations to assess client level of intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior are performed in order to meet client needs. Maintains current knowledge in relevant areas in psychology and training techniques to provide maximally effective services.

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge and experience in administering the delivery of psychological service to persons with intellectual disabilities.
Knowledge regarding etiology and characteristics of mental retardation.
Knowledge regarding applicable laws, regulations, and departmental and agency policy.
Knowledge in and ability to provide personal counseling.
Knowledge and skills in the administration of standardized evaluations including assessments of intelligence and adaptive behavior.
Knowledge and skills in applied behavior analysis and behavior support plan development, implementation, and evaluation.
Ability to train staff in behavior support plan implementation and basic psychological/behavioral concepts.
Ability to work within a model of professional supervision and make decisions within broad guidelines/parameters.
Knowledge and skills in using personal computers and relevant software.
Completion of required supervisory training, as needed, including Positive Performance Program, Employee Selection Process, and Human Resources within the first 90 days of employment.
Skills in effective written and oral communication.
Ability to use CPR and PMAB techniques.
Ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to organize/prioritize work and complete basic duties with moderate supervision.
Commitment to facility workplace and service values

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
At least a Master’s degree, which is primarily psychological in nature from an accredited university or college. Licensure as a Psychological Associate by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists or certification as a Behavior Analyst by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board shall be evidence of meeting the requirements for the Master’s degree. Degree must be conferred by the hire/start date. Must be eligible to pursue licensure as a psychological associate, licensed professional counselor, and certification as a behavior analyst by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board upon hire. Degree must be conferred by the hire/start date. Must be eligible to pursue licensure as a psychological associate, licensed professional counselor, and certification as a behavior analyst by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board upon hire.

Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience or skill in providing services to persons with mental retardation or developmental disabilities is generally preferred.
Experience or skill in training staff in applied behavior analysis, specific behavior support plans, and other relevant areas is generally preferred.
Experience or skill in the development, monitoring, and evaluation of behavior support plans is generally preferred.
Experience participating as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide input in team decisions to facilitate overall service delivery is generally preferred.

Additional Information:
All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.

Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.

All applicants must pass a driving record check.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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