Job Title: Director of Psychological Services
Department: Psychological Services
Reports to: Rector
Status: Member of the formation faculty
Director of Psychological Services
The Director of Psychological Services(a) provides, or otherwise oversees the delivery of, psychological consultations and growth counseling services to students;(b) assists the rector in obtaining, integrating, and evaluating other psychological or psychiatric services as needed by the seminary (e.g., clinical& learning assessments,problem identification, treatment planning, and case management); (c) provides instructional classes to seminarians and collaborates in other formational activities according to program standards and procedures consistent with the requirements of St. Joseph’s Seminary.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH’S SEMINARY & COLLEGE
Saint Joseph’s Seminary and College, founded in 1896, is the major seminary of the Archdiocese of New York. Its primary mission is to serve the Church by forming men for the Catholic priesthood. St. Joseph’s functions as the principal institution of priestly formation for the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. St. Joseph’s also welcomes seminarians from other archdioceses, dioceses, eparchies, and other religious congregations.
Rooted in the apostolic community gathered around Jesus Christ, St. Joseph’s Seminary seeks to form future priests who will hand on the life and tradition of the Church’s faith in the context of the new evangelization of the twenty-first century. To accomplish this, St. Joseph’s Seminary offers a program of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation that is faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. In fostering the integration of these “pillars of formation”, St. Joseph’s aims to form men according to the Heart of Jesus the Good Shepherd (see St. John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis, 1992; USCCB, Program of Priestly Formation).
As a complement to its primary mission, St. Joseph’s Seminary also serves the Church by offering graduate theological and philosophical degree programs to qualified students at multiple locations. Graduate degree programs in the theological disciplines are offered to candidates for the Permanent Diaconate, lay men and women, men and women in consecrated life, and clergy who wish to deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith through systematic study, or who are called to serve the Church in roles of leadership. A graduate degree program in Catholic Philosophical Studies is offered to qualified students who seek an advanced understanding of philosophy in the Catholic tradition and its special relationship with the study of Catholic theology.
A spirit of service to the Church guides all of the programs which St. Joseph’s Seminary and College provides to seminarians, Permanent Diaconate candidates, lay, religious, and clergy. This spirit is strengthened by a profound sense of ecclesial communion that is fostered and expressed through fidelity to Church teaching, a daily life of prayer, the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the ceaseless invocation of the Holy Spirit, and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the saints.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Interview and/or assign to consulting psychologist(s) all new and re-entering students. This interview includes a review and interpretation of the initial psychological assessment so that students can be helped in meeting the report’s recommendations in planning and continuing their human formation and affective maturity.
· Administer and interpret appropriate testing; review results,and evaluate seminarian needs; provide written reports (e.g., clinical & learning assessments; periodic progress reports to bishops, religious superiors and the rector) for problem identification (depression/anxiety, etc) and recommended treatment options for formation/academic support (learning assessment), with consent of seminarian.
· Generate documents for case management (case notes, treatment planning, referral contracts, various evaluations).
· Provide regularly scheduled counseling services to individual students and specially formed groups as need indicates, ranging from regular meetings to periodic reviews of formation status.
· Provide or make provisions for counseling services to students who seek such follow-up on their own.
· Collaborate with the rector and director of admissions in developing student services, admission policies, and protocols to implement the recommendations of the admissions/psychological assessment.
· Provide an annual report on psychological services for the Board of Trustees.
· Consult with the rector, deans, director of spiritual formation, and faculty regarding the developmental needs of both individual students, and the students at large, within guidelines of professional confidentiality. Give or arrange for in-service conferences relating to psychological services.
· Communicate with mental health and behavioral science professionals in other formation institutions and outside agencies.
· Arrange and recommend for the rector’s approval all referrals for outside counseling or therapy, psychological assessments, and psychiatric consultations.
· Review student’s status should situations of psychiatric hospitalization seem indicated, and/or for conditions requiring medication. Reports findings and recommendations to the rector.
· Undertake continuing education credits in the latest research for mental/physical disorders that are relevant to the population.
· Contribute to the overall formation program with instructional classes on the latest research and opportunities for healing to seminarians according to program standards and procedures consistent with the requirements of St. Joseph’s Seminary.
· Support, promote and adhere to the seminary’s vision, mission, values and professional code of conduct.
• Demonstrates strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to understand and convey to others the values and social teachings of the Catholic Church
as they relate to seminarians’ treatment.
• Ability to establish rapport with seminarians.
• Ability to work effectively within the framework of St. Joseph’s Seminary.
• Computer and IT literate; strong writing and computer skills to input data, write communications
and generate reports.
• Demonstrate skills and sensitivity to the cultural/linguistic differences of seminarians and staff.
• Knowledge of the appropriate techniques and practices for the seminarian population.
• Ability to interact effectively as a team member and independently with Seminary staff and with
• Ability to multi-task, resolve practical problems, and deal with a variety of concrete variables in
situations where only limited standardization exists.
• Sensitivity to the international character of the seminary community (multi-cultural; multi-
lingual); fluency is Spanish optimal, but not required.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
PhD, Psy.D. or equivalent from accredited university in psychology or counseling.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Licensed Clinical Psychologist