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Psychologist

NC Department of Health and Human Services
Buncombe County

Job Description

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in collaboration with its partners, protects the health and safety of all North Carolinians and provides essential human services.

Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center Mission Statement:

"We are a specialized long-term care facility that enhances the quality of life and maintains the dignity of persons with developmental disorders and specialized dementia whose needs exceed the resources available in the community by providing respectful, individualized, compassionate and quality care."

Work in this class involves responsibility for providing psychological, diagnostic and intervention services for adults with intellectual disability and/or neuro-degenerative and psychiatric disorders. Employee diagnoses, treats, and manages mental and psychological disorders and disabilities, and disorders of habit or conduct as they manifest in individuals with intellectual disability, dementia or other neuro-cognitive disorder as a primary diagnosis. Employee consults with psychologists, physicians, pharmacists and other professionals regarding appropriate treatment options. Employee develops individualized treatment plans based on positive behavioral interventions and educates and trains staff on appropriate treatment approaches. Employee collates, analyzes and presents data relevant to the residents' cognitive, behavioral, adaptive and affective functioning.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Determine appropriate assessment techniques and apply appropriate psychological tests and observational methods, pertaining to residents' intellectual development, cognitive functioning, adaptive ability, psychiatric diagnoses, mood status and personality characteristics.
Administer psychological screenings and assessments and conduct evaluations oriented toward the behavioral health of BMNTC residents.
Diagnose disorders and treat emotional, behavioral, and cognitive effects of neuro-cognitive and intellectual disorders.
Develop and manage data systems to establish baselines, and to monitor alterations in functioning.
Determine and recommend appropriate treatment modality, programming, or agency referral
Design individualized treatment plans, in partnership with the treatment team, train staff on and monitor implementation of, the treatment plan.
Develop Positive Behavior Support Programs to minimize unhealthy behaviors and maximize independence, quality of life, appropriate behavior and cognitive function.
Educate staff to ensure maintenance of a high level of understanding of intellectual developmental disability and neuro-cognitive disorders and appropriate behavioral responses.
Provide ongoing modelling of appropriate Positive Behavior Supports.
Serve as an active member of the interdisciplinary team.
Provide consultation, to staff, regarding prevention and intervention services that may include behavioral training and programming.
Supervise paraprofessionals.
Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
Knowledge and application of psychological principles, theories, methods and procedures.
Knowledge, application, and evaluation of psychological testing.
Knowledge of the psychological and neuro-psychological aspects of physical illness, injury, or disability.
Knowledge of the assessment of personal characteristics including intelligence, personality, abilities, interests, aptitudes and neuro-psychological functioning.
Knowledge of the NC Psychology Practice Act and amendments; NC Psychology Board's administrative rules; HIPPA, and the Protection of the Abused, Neglected, or Exploited Disabled Adult Act.
Ability to conduct behavior analysis, functional analysis and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
Ability to treat mental and emotional disabilities.
Ability to interpret diagnostic tests and findings.
Ability to prepare comprehensive reports.
Ability to coordinate and supervise work.
Ability to relate appropriately to residents and staff members.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Eligibility for licensure in North Carolina under the provisions of the NC Psychology Practice Act (G.S. 90-270).
Supplemental and Contact Information
Applicants will be communicated with via email only for updates on the status of their applications.
North Carolina State Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) selects applicants for employment based on job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, political affiliation or political influence. Degrees must be received from appropriate accredited institutions. Transcripts, degree verifications and cover letters may be uploaded with your application. Applicants who obtained their education outside of the United States and its territories are expected to assume responsibility for having their academic degrees validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
Applicants seeking veteran's preference should attach a copy of their Form DD-214. Applicants seeking reduction in force priority should attach a copy of their letter of notification to receive this priority.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual position, only the most recent application received prior to the posting closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

All positions in the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities shall be subject to pre-employment drug testing, influenza vaccination, tuberculosis screening, criminal record background checks and must be in good standing with the Health Care Personnel Registry and other licensing boards/agencies. All employees are required to adhere to the facility's Vaccination Policy".
All Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities are a tobacco-free environment. The use of tobacco products of any kind, including vapor products, are prohibited from our campus.
For technical issues with your applications, please call the NEO GOV Help Line at 855-524-5627.
If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contact HR at (828) 259-6733.

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