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Under general direction of the Board of Control Deputy Executive Officer, Victims of Crime Program, performs psychological review, evaluation, and consultative work.
Employees in the class perform psychological work for the Board of Control involving mental health counseling needs of victims of crime, with emphasis on child victims and their families.
This class is to be differentiated from the class of Consulting Psychologist in which incumbents perform psychological work for the Department of Mental Health.
Monitors, reviews, and proposes policy, standards and guidelines for payment of mental health treatment for victims of crime; participates and assists in program reviews of issues pertaining to mental health treatment for victims; independently acts as consultant to the Executive Officer and Board staff on mental health treatment issues; assists in long-term development plans for payment of mental health treatment claims; evaluates the mental health treatment records of victims to make recommendations on appropriate extended mental health treatment; coordinates the peer review process which involves professional evaluation of individual cases; prepares reports and makes presentations; conducts training on issues affecting victims of crime; develops recommendations for mental health treatment programs; co-chairs an advisory group of mental health professionals; and reviews independent psychological evaluations.
Possession of a valid license issued by the Psychology Examining Committee of the California Medical Board, or possession of a license to practice as a psychologist in the applicant's home state and eligibility for licensure in California. (Applicants may be admitted to the examination prior to meeting these requirements, but must secure a license to practice as a psychologist in California before they will be eligible for appointment.) and Two years of experience in the practice of psychology involving the treatment of victims of crime, post-traumatic stress syndrome, child abuse, or child molest.
Knowledge of: Mental health treatment of victims of crime and their families; principles, techniques, and problems in developing and coordinating specialized psychological treatment programs; techniques and trends in psychology with particular emphasis in victimology; program evaluation; interrelationships of Federal, State, and local professional and voluntary mental health agencies and of programs and services of such agencies; current trends in the field of mental health, and the juvenile justice and child social services delivery systems; functions of psychologists in providing service to crime victims, children, and families; consultative methods in mental health fields; peer review and utilization review systems.
Ability to: Evaluate mental health treatment programs; develop, interpret, and apply the Victims of Crime Program policy and standards to mental health treatment programs for victims of crime; evaluate treatment plans and make recommendations; plan, organize, and conduct research, data analysis, and program evaluation; provide professional consultation and leadership; develop and assess creative approaches to the efficient allocation of mental health treatment resources for victims of crime; monitor a professional peer review process; train staff on new mental health trends; evaluate and assess victims of crime psychological treatment procedures; communicate effectively; secure the cooperation of professional and lay groups; participate in professional training.