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PBS Psychologist

Job Description

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is currently seeking candidates for the position of PBS Psychologist at Georgia Regional Hospital - Atlanta, located in Decatur, GA.


Job Description:


Diagnose or evaluate behavioral, emotional and cognitive disorders through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Applies theory relating to behavior and mental processes to formulate and administer programs of treatment that may include counseling, therapy and research. Helps clients work toward the maintenance and enhancement of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and interpersonal functioning.




Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards:



1.    Consults reference material such as textbooks, manuals, and journals in order to identify symptoms, to make diagnoses, and to develop approaches to treatment

1. Compiles background information from referral sources, family and/or patient.
2. Directs the administration, scoring, interpretation, evaluation and recording of a wide range of projective and objective psychological test batteries.
3. Conducts comprehensive clinical interviews with patients and/or families; may at times assist other staff conducting interviews with gathering information.
4. Properly diagnoses the type and severity of the patient's clinical syndrome based on accurate assessment of the presenting symptoms and problems.
5. Recommends appropriate treatment modalities, priorities and sequences.
6. Accurately determines the need for institutionalization or other treatment setting based on the diagnosis and the assessment of other information, such as patient and family interviews, psychometric test results and social histories.
7. Documents psychological assessment results and treatment recommendations according to accepted practices and legal and department requirements.


2.    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

1. Provides therapeutic services according to accepted professional principles and guidelines.
2. Provides treatment in accordance with the patient's active treatment plan.
3. Analyzes results of treatment efforts for indications of therapeutic progress and alters the therapeutic approach and treatment plan accordingly.
4. Accurately documents the progress of therapy in relation to the patient's active treatment plan.
5. Refers the patient to ancillary services as needed during therapy.


3.    Develops and implements individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy

1. Evaluates unit policies and procedures; recommends/implements appropriate changes to ensure that the unit is functioning efficiently and that programs conform to the ethical principles of psychologists and to applicable practice laws.
2. Establishes unit goals and objectives consistent with the organization's mission.
3. Effectively communicates organization's goals and objectives to staff.
4. Assigns and prioritizes work in keeping with employee skill levels, workloads and completion time frames.
5. Monitors progress and productivity of assigned staff by periodic consultations.
6. Regularly monitors status of staff licensure, certification and mandated training for currency and compliance with applicable laws.


4.    Discusses the treatment of problems with clients

1. Provides appropriate guidance to subordinates in solving problems encountered in the process of selecting and administering psychometric tests and/or providing psychological treatment.
2. Reviews and supplements as necessary the case reports prepared by subordinate clinical staff.
3. Identifies appropriate alternative methods of psychological services provision for difficult or non-responsive patients.


5.    Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments, and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, then modify plans and diagnoses as necessary

1. Appropriately facilitates multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings either as a participant or leader.
2. Provides input concerning the appropriate treatment setting for the patient.
3. Provides appropriate input, direction and technical assistance to patient-care staff in the planning, design and implementation of psychotherapy based treatment programs.
4. Provides appropriate instruction as needed to unit personnel managing prescribed treatment programs.
5. Regularly monitors the planning and administration of unit behavior modification programs for their conformity to rules, policies and ethical principles.
6. Admits and discharges patients as authorized by the institution


6.    Identifies psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials

1. Evaluates program effectiveness for quality improvement purposes using applicable measures and input.
2. Studies and recommends to administrative and clinical leaders ways for improving treatment programs based on data on program effectiveness. Participates in planning the direction/goals for the psychological services unit.
3. Advises unit administrators concerning proposals, needs and expenditures of necessary psychological service programs having budgetary impact.
4. Chairs or serves on peer review committee to evaluate credentials and privileging for other psychologists.
5. Chairs or serves as a member of applicable committees/task forces and participates in required meetings.
6. Establishes and maintains good working relationships with other agencies by regular communication and cooperation on joint issues.


7.    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

1. Correctly identifies training needs of staff and interns.
2. Prepares and presents appropriate instructional material that meets level and needs of the participants.
3. Provides appropriate individual training to subordinates in departmental procedures or other applicable areas.
4. Confers with officials of educational institutions to arrange cooperative internship programs that provide educational experiences to students and complement the services rendered to patients.
5. Regularly monitors activities of student interns by observing and conferring with each as necessary.
6. Evaluates students' progress during their internship experiences.


8.    Observes individuals at play, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior, or maladjustment

1. Defines goals and/or required results at beginning of performance period and gains acceptance of ideas by creating a shared vision.
2. Communicates regularly with staff on progress toward defined goals and/or required results; providing specific feedback and initiating corrective action when defined goals and/or results are not met.
3. Confers regularly with staff to review employee relations climate, specific problem areas and actions necessary for improvement.
4. Evaluates employees at scheduled intervals; obtains and considers all relevant information in evaluations and supports staff by giving praise and constructive criticism.
5. Recognizes contributions and celebrates accomplishments.
6. Motivates staff to improve quantity and quality of work performed and provides training and development opportunities as appropriate.


9.    Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories, by interviewing individuals, couples, or families, and by reviewing records

1. Interviews applicants or employees to fill vacancies or promotional positions according to applicable laws, rules and policies
2. Selects or promotes the appropriate number of individuals who possess the skills needed to perform the required work.
3. Identifies training needs and ensures that necessary job-related instruction is provided to staff.
4. Discusses potential grievance-related concerns with employees in order to identify options or resolve issues prior to the formal filing of a grievance.
5. Advises employees of established grievance procedures.
6. Recommends or initiates disciplinary actions according to applicable rules and polices.


10. Provides occupational, educational, and other information to individuals so that they can make educational and vocational plans

1. Attends internal and external educational programs and professional meetings as available for continuing professional education.
2. Attends regular meetings of available and applicable professional organizations.
3. Reads and evaluates professional literature on continual basis; translates complex or technical information into a format that can be understood by others and distributes as needed.
4. Incorporates knowledge of pertinent new trends and developments into section policies and procedures. Makes recommendations for any related organizational changes.
5. Maintains proficiency requirements as mandated by the State Merit System, the Department of Human Resources and the georgia laws governing the practice of Psychology.
6. Maintains strict adherence to the ethics which guide the practice of Psychology.


11. Administers clinically relevant research studies. (Performed by some incumbents)

1. Coordinates research activities with other professional disciplines.
2. Supervises the work of subordinates on research projects.
3. Prepares findings of research investigations for presentation at professional meetings and publication in professional journals.
4. Presents research findings at professional meetings.


12. Conducts pre-trial and pre-sentence evaluations of consumers regarding competency to stand trial. (Performed by some incumbents)

1. Conducts in-depth psychological pre-trial and pre-sentence evaluations of consumers in regard to competency to stand trial.
2. Provides necessary therapeutic services in lieu of or in conjunction with incarceration.
3. Conducts in-depth psychological pre-trial or pre-sentencing evaluations. Appropriately determines competency according to the applicable legal statutes.


13. Provides clinical supervision to a group of psychologists and/or behavior specialists and reviews work performed by these specialists. (Performed by some incumbents)

1. Adequately monitors staff to ensure that the clients' needs are met.
2. Assures staff follows relevant standards and policies.
3. Meets on a regular basis with staff to discuss programs and/or problems to discuss new policies and procedures, etc.
4. Uses co-therapy and case consultations consultations as a means to monitor the provision of comprehensive psychotherapeutic and psychometric services.
5. Periodically reviews behavioral reports for appropriateness, consistency, utilization and compliance with official standards.
6. Routinely reviews, evaluates and approves all psychological assessments conducted by the psychology staff on units supervised.
7. Periodically analyzes data received from psychology staff, makes observations of on-going programs for assessments of correct implementation, appropriateness and effectiveness of the procedures; makes recommendations to staff.
8. Regularly attends Interdisciplinary Team Conferences to monitor psychology input, to evaluate the quality of psychology assessments, to insure that appropriate habilitation services are provided and to insure implementation of facility policies.


Sample Technical Competencies:



1.    Knowledge of the standards, practices, and methods in applied experimental, clinical, counseling, educational, measurement, or social psychology

2.    Knowledge of current developments and trends in the field of psychology

3.    Knowledge of psychological tests, tools, and techniques

4.    Ability to administer, score, and interpret psychological tests

5.    Ability to interpret statistical measures, to prepare statistical charts and graphs, and write clear, concise reports


A current Georgia license to practice psychology (license may be temporary, provisional, or permanent)


Preferred Qualifications


The PBS Psychologist should be licensed as a psychologist in Georgia.  This Psychologist should have experience

·         Working in psychiatric hospitals and/or other inpatient facilities

·         Experience providing clinical and administrative supervision

·         Experience facilitating positive behavior change for individuals who exhibit challenging behaviors



In addition to a competitive salary (), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 19 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located at Georgia Regional Hospital of Atlanta in Atlanta (Decatur), Georgia.

A sprawling metropolis of over four million people today, metro Atlanta has the vibrancy of the world’s great urban centers combined with the Southern charm of small town centers such as Roswell and Decatur. Here you’ll find historic sites from the Civil War through the Civil Rights era, as well as world-class shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.

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Applying for this job

Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: GRHAJobs@dhr.state.ga.us

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: PBS Psychologist If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.