Under administrative direction, is responsible for performing in-house psychological services to SAPD officers, supervisors, administration, and families. Assesses the suitability of applicants to the Department. Assists high level Police management in developing organizational and stress management systems for Police personnel. Consults in crisis intervention incidents requiring psychological services. Exercises direction and indirect functional supervision over assigned staff.
This position is an "unclassified" position and has no disciplinary appeal rights to the Municipal Civil Service Commission. This position is likewise subject to at-will employment status, and can be terminated at any time for any reason.
Essential Job Functions:
- Administers and participates in the evaluation of psychological examinations for entry level public safety Police personnel.
- Develops stress management programs for public safety personnel and their families, to include Police Officers, Emergency Medical Technicians, and supervisory and management personnel.
- Makes referrals and conducts follow-up evaluations on individuals identified as needing long-term therapy.
- Conducts counseling and interviews on a short-term basis to gain insight into personal problems.
- Collects data about individuals through the use of interviews, case history, observation techniques, and testing.
- Evaluates data to identify causes of problems of individuals and to determine advisability of counseling or referral to other specialists.
- Follows-up results of counseling to determine reliability and validity of treatment used.
- Conducts training for new public safety personnel, supervisors, and managers.
- Coordinates peer counseling program.
- Administers alcohol and drug prevention and referral programs.
- Visits public safety facilities (Police Substations) to observe and make recommendations for reducing stress.
- Works with the Chief, training staff, supervisors, managers, and committees to develop a comprehensive stress management program for the department.
- Develops and coordinates other programs related to an effective stress management program (i.e. working with SWAT to train officers in hostage
- May do research to develop and improve diagnostic and counseling techniques.
- Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D. in Psychology.
- Two (2) years of experience in clinical psychology.
- No substitution for education allowed.
- Applicants for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following will result in being disqualified for this position: Felony Convictions, Felony Deferred Adjudication, Class A & B Misdemeanor Deferred Adjudication, Class B Misdemeanor Convictions, an Open Arrest for Any Criminal Offense (Felony or Misdemeanor), and Family Violence Convictions.
- Valid Class 'C' Texas Driver's License.
- License or licensable as a Psychologist under the Texas State Licensing Law.
- Physical requirements include occasional lifting/carrying of 5 pounds.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of organizational psychology.
- Knowledge of crisis intervention.
- Knowledge of statistical analysis.
- Knowledge of research methods and design.
- Knowledge of procedures for planning, implementing, and maintaining a stress management program.
- Knowledge of recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to stress management.
- Knowledge of interviewing and counseling techniques.
- Knowledge of standard program evaluation methods and report writing procedures.
- Skill in utilizing a personal computer and associated software programs.
- Skill in operating a police radio.
- Skill in operating hostage communication equipment.
- Ability to assess individual needs and design, develop, and implement a program or course of action suited to that of the individual's needs.
- Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public, to include Police Officers, supervisors, administrators, association members, and their families.
- Ability to interpret and apply City and department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
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