Sep 11, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow - Columbus - Forensic Psychologist

  • GeorgiaGov
  • Columbus, GA, USA

Job Description

Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Department of - DBHDD

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:Oct 11, 2019-

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The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), is seeking qualified candidates for the position of  Forensic Psychology Fellow  at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of a licensed forensic psychologist, providing clinical and forensic psychological services to an inpatient program of 40 AMH and 154 Secure beds (male and female), an outpatient pre-trial referral program, and a conditional release program for persons acquitted as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, with the following specialties: Conduct court-ordered evaluations and expert testimony to State, Superior and Juvenile courts, as needed, regarding opinions of competency to stand trial and degree of criminal responsibility (i.e., sanity); Supervises assigned inpatient clinical staff, as able and needed; Conduct violence risk assessments and other clinical or forensic psychological evaluations; Provide group and/or individual psychotherapy with forensic inpatients or outpatients, as needed; and, Other clinical/forensic psychological services as able and needed.

Job Responsibilities: Consults reference material such as textbooks, manuals, and journals in order to identify symptoms, to make diagnoses, and to develop approaches to treatment Counsels individuals and groups regarding problems such as stress, substance abuse, and family situations, in order to modify behavior and/or to improve personal, social, and vocational adjustment Develops and implements individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy Discusses the treatment of problems with clients Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary Identifies psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials Interacts with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment Observes individuals at play, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior, or maladjustment Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories, by interviewing individuals, couples, or families, and by reviewing records Provides occupational, educational, and other information to individuals so that they can make educational and vocational plans

This position is located at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital in Columbus, Georgia.

About Columbus  

Columbusis merely an hour and a half away from Atlanta and Montgomery. It is seated onthe Chattahoochee River, our border with Alabama. Known as the “Fountain City,”Columbus has a picturesque, historic downtown and plenty of charm. 

Columbusbenefits from its immediate proximity to Ft. Benning. The military heritage inthe area includes the National Infantry Museum and the Civil War Naval Museum. Additionally,Columbus is heavily impacted by collegiate life. Having a major university likeAuburn University so close can readily be felt. Columbus State University (CSU)has a profound impact on the city, from elevating the lively atmosphere andaesthetic of downtown to the cultural influence of top-notch fine artsprograms. It’s easy to enjoy a show at the Springer Opera House or aperformance at the RiverCenter.

TheColumbus area hosts numerous options for the active. A stretch of theChattahoochee River that flows through downtown is longest urban whitewaterrafting course in the world and has been rated as the world’s best manmadewhitewater course. Above the river are zip-lines that whisk the adventurous toa ropes course on the Alabama side then back to Georgia. Columbus also haslarge CrossFit, cycling, and distance running communities, which benefit fromthe paved Chattahoochee RiverWalk and Fall Line Trace that constitute 15- and11-mile trails. Flat Rock Park is host to hiking trails, over 10 miles ofmountain biking trails, and a disc golf course, among other things.

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Benefits Vacation 15 days each year up to 5 years of service 18 days each year from 5-10 years of service 21 days each year for 10 + years of service Sick Leave – accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month (15 days each year) Holidays – the state of Georgia recognizes 12 paid holidays Retirement 401(k) plan with a matching employer contribution Defined Benefit Pension Plan Available Insurance Health Dental Vision Legal Disability Healthcare & Childcare spending accounts Life & dependent life insurance

Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer




:Doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited college or university AND completion of an APA-approved psychology internship.Preferred Qualifications - External:

Preference will be given to the candidates who possess the following: 

Doctoral degree (Ph.D/Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from an APA approved graduate school, completion of an APA approved pre-doctoral internship with forensic rotation, and eligibility for Georgia psychology license.

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