Mental Health Specialist V

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Vernon, TX
Mental Health Specialist V Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals? Then the State Hospital System (SHS) may be just the place for you! The SHS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The SHS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan. Apply now to join our team. The Health Specialist V performs routine psychological work that involves performing psychological testing, diagnosing, counseling and report preparation. The Health Specialist V serves a critical role in the operation of the Social Learning Program and other empirically-based recovery-focused interventions. In addition, this person administers and interprets psychological instruments, prepares reports, interviews clients and recommends treatments; conducts groups and individual therapy; prepares and provides oversight to individualized behavioral plans. Performs related work as assigned. Works under the supervision of the SLRP Chief Psychologist. Essential Job Functions:

Task1: Works with and assists the Chief Psychologist and other staff to assess, diagnose and provide treatment to assigned patients in order to decrease psychiatric symptoms and maladaptive behaviors. This work shall conform to the discipline standards, Commissioner's Rules and applicable laws. (40% time spent)Task 2: Administers, scores, analyzes and reports results of non-projective and performance tests. (5% time spent)Task 3: As a member of the multidisciplinary service team, provide psychological information and support necessary for patients to accomplish treatment objectives and goals. To assure high quality care to those served, promote a unified effective team approach shaped by principles of social learning. (25% time spent)Task 4: Actively involved in ongoing operation of Social Learning programming. (15% time spent)Task 5: Actively participate in continuous quality improvement for the Discipline, Program and Hospital in order to promote quality patient care (5% time spent)Task 6: Maintain current all required hospital health tests and refresher trainings. (5% time spent)Task 7: Actively participate and/or serve in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery of Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. (5% time spent) Task 8: Attends work on a regular and predicatable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy.Task 9: Other duties as assigned.Knowledge Skills Abilities:

1. Knowledge or personality theories and the dynamics of behavior; knowledge and experience with basic psychological testing (e.g., testing of personality, psychopathology, adaptive skills and IQ); knowledge of counseling techniques and procedures; and knowledge of behavior research methodology.2. Knowledge of cognitive-behavioral theory and interventions for those with serious mental illnesses.3. Ability to organize workloads and maintain accurate records.Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Knowledge of psychology, psychometric, and physiological principles, diagnostic criteria, and psychological evaluation methods. Skill in the use of psychological evaluation and assessment techniques, and in mediation procedures. Ability to organize workloads; provide psychological counseling, interpret diagnostic evaluations, analyze behavior, develop behavior modification and skill acquisition plans, and maintain accurate records. Initial Selection Criteria:

This is a post-doctoral position. Must have completed doctoral internship. Will provide postdoctoral supervision if needed.No license required.Additional Information:

Position is located on the Social Learning Rehabilitation Program (SLRP) within a maximum security forensic setting. Patients committed under 46B.102 as Incompetent to Stand Trial on an Extended Competency Restoration commitment for felony offenses make up the bulk of our patient population. A smaller sample of our population has been found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) for violent felony offenses. Our program treats the vast majority of NGRI acquittees for the State of Texas. Smaller samples of our population are committed under 46B.073, on acute competency restoration commitments for felony offenses or on Extended Mental Health Commitments.The SLRP is staffed with an experienced patient-centered team of professionals. We strive to provide current, evidenced-based treatment for our patients. Because of this commitment to excellence, our staff turnover rate is low which lends itself to consistent practices and overall improved patient care. This position will get an additional 6.8% in hazard duty pay.Req #390385MOS Code:

Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: MC, 4612, 3A1X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

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