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Psychologist - Southern California

Job Description

Liberty Healthcare has partnered with the State of California and the City of Riverside, CA to start a Treatment Program to provide services for Restoration of Competency to individuals found by the courts to be Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST).

The mission of the IST Treatment Program is to minimize the need and waiting periods for State Hospitals forensic mental health beds by delivering timely court-mandated forensic assessments, psychiatric stabilization, and restoration of competency to PC 1370 IST individuals in county jails.



1)               Evaluate patients for symptoms of mental disorders and behavioral problems, including mental status examination and psychosocial history, and develop multi-axis diagnoses.


2)               Perform comprehensive psychological evaluations on all admissions.


3)               Administer psychological testing and assessment instruments.


4)               Based on need, the psychologist uses neuropsychological testing to clarify specific areas of cognitive deficit for a given patient. 


5)               Deliver cognitive-behavioral treatment and psychoeducation to individuals and groups.


6)               Provide leadership in reviewing and integrating assessment information from multidisciplinary team and to guide individualized treatment planning.  Describe patients’ behavioral progress/regression in treatment.


7)               Provide on-call emergency consultation coverage as needed.  Contribute or take a leadership role in staff meetings, case conferences, case presentations, and training activities.


8)               Provide training and consultation to treatment and correctional/security staff on psychological methods and procedures for use with patients in forensic and correctional settings.


9)               Refer clients to necessary psychiatric and medical services or other specialized care as needed.


10)            Provide court testimony as needed regarding individual patient participation and response to treatment program.  Provide clinical support and backup to other clinical staff as needed.


11)            Perform administrative duties including preparing reports, attending staff meetings, and providing technical assistance.


12)            Document clinical services per policy and procedure. 


13)            Serve as primary therapist to assigned residents. 


14)            Perform other duties (not outlined above) as assigned.



Liberty Healthcare offers:

    Competitive compensation
    Generous paid time off
    Full comprehensive benefits package
    401 K
    Work with a highly qualified Treatment Team of Professionals

For consideration send resume to Carol Wertley via  EOE

Job Requirements





1) The psychologist will be licensed at the doctoral level with a minimum of two years experience working with forensic psychiatric patients.


2) He/she will have experience in assessment and treatment with a forensic population.


3) The psychologist will have knowledge of the principles of psychological testing to assist in clarification of diagnosis, particularly in regard to cognitive, organic and personality issues.


4) Additionally, the psychologist will have knowledge of the principles of behavior management to assist the staff in assessing and developing strategies for challenging behaviors, motivating patients toward self-directed activity and engagement in treatment, and to assist the client in gaining insight and control over self-defeating behavior.


5) Knowledge of psychological tests, testing procedures and assessment methods for forensic patients, as well as mental status examination.


6) Ability to assess treatment goals and write goal-directed, individualized treatment plans and behavioral modification plans, as well as ability to monitor and document behavior patterns and modify plan to meet changing goals.


7) Ability to provide counseling and psychoeducation in individual, group and family modalities.


8) Ability to instruct others in the implementation of psychological and behavioral interventions and procedures.

 9) Excellent listening and verbal communication skills. Excellent clinical observation and diagnostic skills.


 10) Demonstrated interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport and maintain objectivity with a criminal or forensic population.


 11) Excellent learning capacity in order to expand current skills/knowledge and to transfer this knowledge to other staff. Comment to enhancing cultural competency.

12) Ability to provide leadership for a clinical team and to work as a constructive member of a clinical team.



Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care
Education Doctorate
Experience At least 2 year(s)
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
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Psychologist - Southern California

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