Under the general direction of the Supervising Psychologist and the Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer of the Special Services Department. Must be able to perform crisis intervention, follow-up counseling and consultation to Detention and Court staff, often with little notice. Must be able to independently perform and write up full battery psycho-diagnostic evaluations, with supervision and training as needed and/or required by law. Must be able to perform psychotherapy with individuals, and families; some latitude and discretion given for particular diagnostic instruments and treatment modalities used. May supervise Interns and Practicum students, and other unit employees, when appropriate. Requires performing regular duties in a secure institutional setting subject to constant video surveillance for purposes of security and the welfare of the detained youth. This position is funded by the St. Louis Mental Health Board of Trustees.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
- Perform crisis intervention with juveniles (detained and non-detained), with follow-up counseling.
- Act as psychological consultant to other Court personnel, such as Deputy Juvenile Officers, Detention Center personnel, legal staff and at times Public-Defender staff.
- Develop and perform relevant training (e.g., regarding Detention Suicide Policies and Procedures; suicide prevention, adolescent psychopathology; anger in adolescents; psychopharmacology) to Detention and Court staff, as requested or directed.
- Serve on Inter-Unit/Inter-Departmental or inter-agency staffing and policy-making committees and groups (e.g., JDAI committee, Institutional Assessment Committee, System of Care) as requested or directed.
- Conduct and write full battery psychological evaluations within a specific time frame. Depending on individual's level of experience, analyze and interpret assessment results with decreasing supervision and present data to supervisor in one-to-one and group staffings.
- Perform individual and family therapy.
- Provide Group intervention for Detention clients.
- Assist in training and supervision of Interns and Practicum students.
- Other duties as may be assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Requires knowledge of crisis intervention techniques and the ability to communicate such in a timely, practical manner. Must have knowledge of how to adequately administer the full battery psychological assessment instruments used at the Court. Must be able to show the ability to learn how to adequately analyze, interpret and write forensic psychological assessment reports, often within a short time frame. Must have knowledge of individual, group and family therapies. Well-developed communication skills are needed. Regular and prompt attendance is considered an essential function of this position.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Must possess a Doctorate Degree (i.e., Ph.D.; Psy.D.) in Psychology. It is preferred that the internship and/or professional training and/or work experience include work with adolescents and children. Must be licensed or license eligible in the State of Missouri as a Psychologist.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants should Send a resume and academic transcripts with cover letter.
Cover letter: Cover letter must include applicant’s daytime phone number along with expression of interest in this position as well as a description of educational and experience qualifications that make him/her a good fit for this position.
Send to: Family Court Juvenile Division – Psychologist I 920 N. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108