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ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Psychology Internship Director, Correctional Facility (9354)

ABOLISHED 02/02/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-11 - Psychology Internship Director, Correctional Facility

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: XL50
  • Class Code: 9354
  • Established: 06/15/1993
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, in a State correctional facility in the Department of Corrections, to plan, organize, and direct an accredited clinical psychology internship program at a health facility; to select and direct Clinical Psychology Interns employed in the internship program; to coordinate the involvement of psychology and other clinical staff in the internship program; to provide psychology services; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates; to protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

In a correctional setting, plans, organizes, and develops an accredited clinical psychology internship program; selects the Clinical Psychology Interns employed in the program, developing and using selection standards which meet the requirements of the American Psychological Association, National Institute of Mental Health, and the health facility; directs the interns; communicates with each intern's faculty advisor to determine the university's evaluation of the intern's level of development and the university's recommendations concerning training areas of emphasis and prepares progress reports for the intern's university; adapts the program to each intern's level of educational development and needs; assigns preceptors from various psychology specialties to each intern; arranges diversified training situations with the intern preceptors so that at the end of training each intern is equipped to function independently in a variety of clinical settings; arranges for and coordinates training experiences for interns in the various clinical services of the facility; establishes liaison with other programs in the area and arranges for complementary extramural training opportunities for the interns; organizes seminars, workshops and symposia to meet the training needs of the interns; prepares brochures and other expository material describing the training program for prospective interns and interested universities; prepares annual progress reports on internship training for the American Psychological Association, National Institute of Mental Health and the health facility; may participate in training programs for Psychiatric Technicians, Medical Residents (Various Specialties), other professional staff, and graduate students, and may develop and teach seminars in psychology; maintains close familiarity with professional developments in articles for presentation or publication; performs psychological counseling, testing and group activities for inmate patients at a State correctional facility; maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the California Department of Corrections; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves, others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the Psychology Examining Committee of the Medical Board of California. (Individuals who do not qualify for licensure by the Medical Board of California may be admitted into the examination and may be appointed but must secure a valid license within two years of appointment; however, an individual can be employed only to the extent necessary to be eligible for licensure plus one year. The time duration for unlicensed employment does not apply to active doctoral candidates in social work, social welfare, or social service, until the completion of such training.)


(Unlicensed individuals who are recruited from outside the State of California and who qualify for a licensure may take the examination and may be appointed for a maximum of one year at which time licensure shall have been obtained or the employment shall be terminated. Additionally, they must take the licensure examination at the earliest possible date after the date of employment.) and Experience: Two years of postdoctoral, postinternship experience in the practice of clinical psychology involving assessment and treatment and either training, research, consultation or program planning in mental health services, one year of which must have been in one or a combination of the following types of experience:


1.Planning, organizing, and directing a clinical psychology internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association; or


2.Graduate level faculty teaching experience. and Education: Completion of all the requirements for a doctoral degree with specialization in clinical psychology from a recognized college or university. Graduates of foreign universities, except Canadian, must meet the education requirements for State licensure as a psychologist as evidenced by a written statement from the Psychology Examining Committee of the Medical Board of California. and Completion of a university-approved internship or field or research experience in clinical psychology, equivalent to one full year of supervised training (1800 hours). This training must be in addition to practicum work associated with specific academic courses or dissertation research. (One year of experience in the practice of psychology under the close supervision of a Ph.D. level psychologist may be substituted for the required training provided it follows two years of graduate study in psychology.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles, techniques and problems in teaching psychology students; principles, techniques and trends in clinical psychology with particular reference to normal and disordered behavior, human development, motivation, personality learning, individual differences, adaptation and social interaction; methods for the assessment and modification of human behavior, characteristics and social aspects of mental and developmental disabilities; research methodology and program evaluation; institutional and social process; group dynamics; functions of psychologist in various mental health and correctional services; current trends in the field of mental health and correctional psychology; professional training; principles of directing the work of others.


Ability to: Plan, organize, and direct a clinical psychology internship program; provide professional consultation and program leadership; direct Clinical Psychology Interns; recognize situations requiring the creative application of technical skills; develop and evaluate creative approaches to the assessment and treatment of mental and developmental disabilities, and to the development and direction of a psychology program; plan, organize, and conduct research, data analysis and program evaluation; secure the cooperation of professional and lay groups; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; communicate effectively.

Special Personal Characteristics

Empathetic understanding of patients of a State correctional facility; willingness to work in a State correctional facility; scientific and professional integrity, emotional stability, patience, alertness; tact; keenness of observation; demonstrated ability to teach and direct the work of others.

Special Physical Characteristics

Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well- being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.


Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.

  Updated: 8/17/2017
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