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Psychologist II Forensic Evaluator Opportunity in Kerrville, TX

Opportunity Criteria

Candidate TypeMD, DO
Visa AcceptedNo J-1 or H-1B
Salary RangeNot Specified
Loan RepaymentNot Specified
Employment TypeNot Specified
Bonuses OfferedNone

Would you thrive in an environment where you learn and grow personally and professionally all while helping make a positive impact on people’s lives? Do you appreciate being around others like yourself who are dependable, trustworthy, hard workers who believe in the value of each other, teamwork, and inclusivity? HSCS is dedicated to building a diverse community atmosphere where employees feel valued, supported, and accepted while providing specialized care for Texans in need. If providing hope and healing through compassionate, innovative, and individualized care interest you, we welcome your application for the position below.

The Psychologist II (Forensic Evaluator) performs advanced and/or managerial (senior-level) psychological work. The Forensic Evaluator is responsible for conducting the 46B and Chapter 55 competency evaluations, as well as violence risk assessments under 46C. Responsibilities include developing, supporting, coordinating forensic psychological activities and programs, and conducting forensic psychological assessments and psycho-legal evaluations of patients’ competency to stand trial. The Forensic Evaluator provides consultation and training for staff providing forensic education services on competency restoration commitments. Supervises the work of others and graduate psychology trainees as requested. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Performs other duties as assigned. 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.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Attends work on a regular basis and may be asked to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Develops, supports, and coordinates forensic psychological activities and programs.
  • Conducts evaluations of forensic patients on 46B/46C/Chapter 55 commitments in accordance with the HHSC State Hospital Forensic Operating Procedure and uses standardized psychological instruments to complete formal psychological testing when indicated.
  • In collaboration with the psychology director and superintendent consults, evaluates, and guides the forensic treatment process for the inpatient psychiatric population.
  • Provides hospital administration and recovery teams with consultation, training, and guidance on the appropriate application of forensic evaluations on competency restoration commitments and safe community discharge planning. Provides additional training on communicating with courts in a manner that facilitates discharge to the community.
  • Provides consultation and guidance on the appropriate application of forensic-educational activities based on existing best practices and current peer-reviewed research.
  • Provides effective expert testimony to courts regarding forensic psychological evaluations.
  • Effectively works within defined role to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion through the implementation of strategies put forth through mission, vision, values, and training. Models interactions that reflect trauma-informed care and empower individuals to actively participate in their treatment.
  • Works effectively as a member of the psychology management team, in consultation with the psychology director and superintendent. Provides consultation to teams around criteria for competency in 46B and discharge in 46C populations.
  • Provides case outreach, training, education, and consultation to other disciplines, relevant courts, and other community stakeholders on forensic services through continuing education programs and other outreach efforts.
  • Provides clinical and/or administrative supervision of others as assigned.
  • Actively supports hospital and agency safety (including patient safety) risk management, and infection control programs.
  • Serves on various hospital committees and workgroups as assigned.
  • Participates in the hospital quality assessment performance improvement activities, auditing records, evaluating performance indicators, and developing plans of correction.
  • Effectively works within defined role to provide patients with recovery-focused care, including an emphasis on reducing use of restraints when possible. Demonstrates support for and participation in performance improvement efforts toward implementation of a recovery/trauma-informed care (TIC) treatment/recovery planning environment. Applies recovery/TIC principles to all interactions with other staff and treatment team members and supports the team in the ongoing implementation of best practices related to recovery. Specifically supports peer support team and peer support concepts.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 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:
  • Knowledge of forensic psychological assessment and treatment of the seriously mentally ill forensic populations
  • Knowledge of psychotherapy and CBT, DBT, behavior therapy, and other empirically supported psychotherapeutic modalities
  • Skills in the use of psychological instruments to evaluate personality, neurocognition, adaptive functioning, suicide risk, and malingering (i.e. MMPI, HCR-20, VRAG, TOMM, MFAST, and SIRS)
  • Ability to conduct forensic and psychological assessments and write clear, concise reports
  • Ability to provide expert testimony to courts regarding forensic and psychological assessments
  • Ability to provide direct services in accordance with accepted professional standards
  • Ability to function as a member of the psychology management team
  • Ability to provide individual and family education regarding serious mental illness
  • Ability to complete treatment documentation in electronic medical record using computer
  • Ability to communicate assessment data and treatment/discharge implications to team members, courts, and patients where appropriate
  • Ability to educate staff in correct implementation of individual and group therapy programs as well as Individualized Intervention programs as needed
  • Ability to operate a computer and applicable software
  • Ability to train and supervise the work of others
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
  • Must be licensed as a Psychologist by the State of Texas or a reciprocity state
  • A doctoral degree based on a program of studies whose content is primarily psychological in nature (transcript indicates a major in psychology) or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education. Examples of such a degree may be found in the regulations of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Initial Selection Criteria:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a doctoral degree in psychology
  • Experience in psychological work; at least one (1) year of supervised experience by a licensed psychologist in the field of psychological services; the year of supervised experience may be interpreted as an academic year of full-time supervised internship in an approved clinical program
  • Demonstrated experience conducting both forensic evaluations and standard psychological assessments and writing reports with forensic populations in an inpatient psychiatric setting
  • Demonstrated experience conducting individual and group psychotherapy with forensic populations in an inpatient psychiatric setting

About Texas Health & Human Services

You’ve decided to make caring your career. Come to the place where you can do that and make a real difference in the lives of Texans with mental health needs.

HHSC’s Health and Specialty Care System has nine state psychiatric hospitals (with more expansion planned) and a residential unit dedicated to adolescents. The State Supported Living Centers have 13 long-term care campuses across the state.  These centers are home to many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to work in partnership with academic institutions, community providers, and partners within our agency as we increase work efficiency and provide patient-centered care to more than 12,000 people a year. You can also help us incorporate cutting edge technology into treatment plans.

If you want to be on the forefront of revolutionizing forensic and community psychiatric care or ensure and oversee the delivery of high quality, integrated medical services to individuals with intellectual disabilities, the HHSC Health and Specialty Care System is looking for bright people with new ideas to help us. With a growing demand for our services and a State Legislature that’s investing in the entire mental health continuum of care, Texas is positioned to be a leader and put itself in on the cutting edge of mental health for the 21st Century. Come be a part of it.

Facility & Address

  • Kerrville State Hospital
  • Kerrville TX


Contact Information

Jean Hernandez


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