The Psychological Assistant works within the Psychology Department performing routine psychological assistant work. Work involves assisting psychologists in the development of treatment strategies and the provision of therapy, completion of behavioral assessments and preference assessments, data collection and reporting, training direct care staff, assisting in the implementation of behavior programs, provision of special treatment sessions, substituting for psychologists at assigned meetings, and assisting in the administration of psychological and behavioral assessments. Works under moderate supervision with minimal latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
This position primarily includes developing and implementing medical and dental desensitization plans.
A flexible work schedule and overtime will be required.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
1. Assists psychologists in the development of treatment strategies and the provision of therapy.
2. Completes behavioral assessments and preference assessments.
3. Assists direct care staff in implementing behavior programs and provides special treatment sessions, and performs PMAB when necessary.
4. Trains direct care staff.
5. Contributes to individuals’ overall care plan by maintaining contact with both direct care and professional staff.
6. Collects, tabulates, and reports on behavioral and restraint data.
7. Substitutes for psychologists at assigned meetings.
8. Administers or assists in administering psychological and behavioral assessments.
9. Attends daily unit IRT meetings.
10. Attends PST meeetings
11. Monitors Meals
12. Develops and implements medical and dental desensitization plans.
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:
• Psychological theories and practice and regulatory guidelines as related to the field of developmental disabilities
• Behavioral principles and behavioral research methodology, behavioral assessments
• Positive behavioral supports
• Facility operations and policies, procedures, laws, rules, standards, and guidelines
• Implement psychological and behavioral treatment and therapy
• Work with personal support teams and other committees
• Train staff at all levels
• Communicate effectively and provide accurate and complete oral and written reports
• Use computers and relevant software
• Assist or administer and score results of psychological and behavioral assessments
• Become certified as a PMAB instructor and provide such training.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in psychology, behavior analysis or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience providing services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Experience in assessing behavior and experience or ability to quickly learn writing of desensitization skills acquisition plans (primarily medical/dental).
Experience participating as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide input into team decisions to facilitate service delivery.
Well developed computer skills, especially Excel.
Experience collecting data.
Knowledge of desensitization procedures and how they can be beneficial in medical/dental care and treatment.
This is a 50% part-time position with some flexibility in schedule. The starting salary is $1176.63 per month. All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, Fingerprint and DPS criminal background check, Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks.
All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.
Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
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.
All new employees must be able to attend orientation during the first two weeks of employment on an 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday schedule.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - 2 years ago