The Psychology department at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System (ELMHS) is seeking to fill two full-time Psychologist positions. ELMHS is an integrated system of mental health care designed to provide a wide array of services within a multi-faceted system. Maintained within ELMHS are over 675 licensed inpatient beds, affiliated community residential settings and outpatient forensic services. ELMHS is a part of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Behavioral Health. The System is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) and certified by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS). ELMHS provides comprehensive mental health evaluations of and treatment to forensically-involved men and women who have been deemed incompetent to stand trial (IST), unrestorable, or adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI). The facility operates under two distinct licenses and collaborates with other state and licensed agencies to provide safe, quality care to referred patients from the entire state.
The Psychology department at ELMHS is responsible for conducting pre-trial evaluations for competency and post-NGRI adjudication evaluations (e.g., risk assessments; civil commitment). Psychologists at ELMHS serve as consultants to multidisciplinary treatment teams, perform forensic psychological assessments, conduct group and individual therapy, develop, implement, and oversee the development of behavior plans and risk management plans, provide courtroom testimony, and may assist in program development. As a training site for multiple disciplines, opportunities exist to supervise psychology trainees at various stages of training from psychology externs in the Affective Science and Psychopathology laboratory (ASAP) at Louisiana State University (https://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/asap/) to psychology interns and fellows from Tulane University’s APA-accredited pre-and post-doctoral training programs (https://medicine.tulane.edu/departments/psychiatry/academic-programs/clinical-psychology-internship). Psychology staff also participate in quarterly forensic training seminars and interact with medical residents and fellows in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Forensic fellowship program (https://medicine.tulane.edu/departments/psychiatry/academic-programs/forensic-psychiatry-fellowship). There are also ample opportunities for staff to become involved in research through the Forensic Psychology laboratory (website under construction) and to supervise forensic research assistants available through partnership agreements with multiple universities in the local area. Psychology staff are employed on a 4 day per week work schedule which allows for work-related travel or the development of a part-time private practice.
This position is in a Career Progression Group (CPG) and may be filled as a Psychologist 1, 2, or 3 depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected. Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities" page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.
The Psychology staff work in close partnership with all disciplines, particularly forensic psychiatry, to achieve the goals of the facility and the department. This allows for comprehensive evaluations, integrated patient care, and fosters a collaborative treatment approach maximally benefitting patients, their families, and the courts. Another unique aspect of the ELMHS Psychology department is the partnership with multiple universities, particularly Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, LA. This relationship, dating back over 20 years, allows for additional training, research, and clinical opportunities for ELMHS professional staff.
Candidates should possess a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Preference will be given to candidates who have a specialization in forensic psychology either through their doctoral and/or post-doctoral training or those with specialized professional forensic experience or who hold board certification in forensic psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
NOTE: The doctoral degree and the clinical internship requirement must be conferred from a school accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
Licensure by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (LSBEP) is required for this job. License-eligibility or provisional licensure under the provisions of the LSBEP is an acceptable alternative for those candidates who are currently license-eligible or presently licensed in another state. Louisiana does offer reciprocity to psychologists who are presently licensed in another state and have been duly licensed in another jurisdiction for five years. See the LSBEP website for more information on licensure requirements in the state of Louisiana (www.lsbep.org).
At Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, full-time employees will have access to an array of benefits including:
• Competitive Salary
• Special Rate of Pay for Candidates with Extraordinary Qualifications (6.5g)
• Annual and Sick Leave
• A minimum of 9 Paid Holidays Annually
• Loan Forgiveness
• Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
• Life Insurance and Supplemental Coverage
• Defined Benefit Contribution Plan
• Tax Sheltered Deferred Compensation Plan
• Personal and Family Medical Leave
• Continuing Education
• Opportunities for Growth and Advancement
Positions will remain open until filled. For more information regarding this position, please contact Quentin Johnson at 225-634-4303. To apply online, please visit www.jobs.la.gov, keyword search ELMHS, Psychologist 1, 2, or 3. Interested applicants should also send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and redacted work sample to the Director of Psychology, Gina Manguno-Mire, Ph.D., ABPP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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