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Clinical Psychologist – Juvenile Court

Clark County, Vancouver, WA

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/31/2020

Clinical Psychologist – Juvenile Court

Job Summary

In the division of Juvenile Court, we put our energy and resources into the future. Our focus will be on what needs to be healed, what needs to be repaid, what needs to be learned.

We are committed to a holistic Balanced and Restorative Justice approach to fulfill our statutory duties. It seeks to create a justice system focused not only on short-term external control of offenders, but also the immediate and long-term needs of victims, the community and offenders, all of whom should benefit from interactions with the juvenile justice system. The commitment to Balanced and Restorative Justice makes Clark County Juvenile Court a leader not only in our community, but also the state and nation, in bringing forward new perspectives and understanding about how juvenile justice systems can serve community.

Clark County’s Juvenile Department is currently seeking a licensed Clinical Psychologist. As the Clinical Psychologist in Juvenile Detention, you will focus on providing individual and group psychotherapy to detainees, assessing and overseeing high risk youth, providing consultation with detention staff, assisting management with program development and collaborate with other Clinical Psychologist throughout the organization. You will assist in supervising mental health staff which could include; masters level clinicians and pre and post-doctoral interns.


Education and Experience:

All combinations of education, experience and training that demonstrate the ability to perform the work will be considered.

• Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.), from a professional program recognized by the American Psychology Association; and, licensed in the State of Washington as a Psychologist
• Respond to the facility in crisis situations
• Ability to work non-traditional hours as the detention center is a 24 hour a day operation
• Provide services during non-traditional hours
• Clinical and/or forensic experience with children, adolescents, and their families
• Experience with individual, family and group psychotherapy
• Experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams
• Experience with the criminal justice system
• Ability to pass a criminal history records check

Preferred Qualifications:

• Education, training and experience conducting and writing psychological evaluations for children and adolescents, including the use of a wide variety of psychological tests and assessment measures for this population

The ideal candidate will have the following strengths:

• Ability to organize, plan and schedule oneself and others
• Effectively plan, assign and supervise and evaluate the work of others
• Ability to exercise independent judgement and make decisions within established policies and standards
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and throughout all levels of the organization
• Communicate ideas effectively verbally and in writing
• Knowledge of suicide risk assessment and prevention services
• Knowledge of trauma informed care principles and vales

Knowledge of: Suicide risk assessment and prevention services, trauma informed care principles and values, balanced and restorative justice principles and values; planning, scheduling, monitoring and problem solving; strengths-based assessments; case management techniques; principles and practices of rehabilitation and social casework; effective team work and team facilitation; supervision, rehabilitation and counseling of juveniles with serious behavioral issues, substance abuse issues and/or antisocial behavior patterns; juvenile court laws; resources to address the needs of youth and families.

Ability to: Effectively plan, assign, supervise and evaluate the work of others; assist in program development and evaluation; prepare reports on program performance, needs, services, information and demographic data; contribute to and insure the evaluation of program performance; identify client and family needs and assist in development of individualized service plans; assist in rehabilitation of juvenile offenders; maintain effective working relationships with clients and others; communicate ideas effectively orally and in writing.

Selection Process:

Please submit your resume and the responses to the supplemental questions as the first step in completing the application. You will not be able to upload any documents after you have completed the application. You will not be able to change any information once you have submitted your application.

Application Review –
Incomplete applications will not pass the review; attaching a resume or referring to a resume does not substitute for a completed application. Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their applications and the supplemental questions. Those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.

Supplemental Questions - Please answer the following questions in a separate document. Upload the responses prior to applying. You will not be able to upload your responses after you have completed the application. Applicants who do not submit this material will not pass the application review.

1) Describe your theoretical orientation and how this theory explains how positive changes occur in people?
2) What kinds of interventions do you think are most appropriate with behaviorally disordered youth, and why?
3) Describe your experience in working with at risk youth; include any experience with youth in the juvenile justice system.

An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
Equal Opportunity Employer
Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.
Salary Grade: M2.823 ($5,929.00 - $8,374.00) per month
Close Date: Open Until Filled

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