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Treatment Program Clinical Psychologist

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, provides psychological consultation, clinical supervision, and technical assistance for drug and alcohol abuse programs with sub-contracted treatment agencies; makes psychological observations and advises members of the criminal justice system for specific case inquiries; advises and provides direction to treatment staff, community service providers and the public on rehabilitation, treatment and intervention services; and performs related tasks as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is responsible for service model development and the clinical psychological supervision of sub-contracted agencies providing drug and alcohol treatment and intervention services. It differs from the Drug and Alcohol Program Administrator in that the latter is primarily responsible for the management and direction of the division and supervision of County support staff.


1. Provides clinical psychological supervision and training in individual, group, family, and conjoint treatment and counseling for all sub-contracted drug and alcohol agencies and counselors; monitors and evaluates the drug and alcohol programs to assure quality and compliance with Federal, State and County Program Standards; evaluates clinical and intern performance for State licensing and university programs; develops and implements training programs for sub-contractors and other agencies for innovative counseling and therapeutic techniques; supervises the assessment, development and implementation of drug and alcohol treatment plans and treatment plan reviews for clients of sub-contracted agencies; presides over case conferences.
2. Chairs the Utilization Review Committee for WP-Cal reimbursed services of sub-contractors; ensures that all supporting documentation is complete and submitted to a medical doctor for approval; acts as the liaison between sub-contractors and County medical services to ensure program/service consistency and to provide clarification of treatment roles between the two agencies.
3. Consults with and responds to requests for psychological case assessment and treatment recommendations from law-enforcement agencies, the District Attorney, Public Defender, Probation Departments, the courts, and Drug and Alcohol Program sub-contractors; makes presentations to employers and community groups regarding employee and individual assistance programs; provides information on drug and alcohol dependency intervention and problem resolution; promotes the program by meeting with public and community agencies to disseminate relevant information.
4. Analyzes and projects current and future drug and alcohol treatment service needs for the County; researches, identifies and develops system-wide and provider level treatment strategies.


1. Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Psychology from an accredited college or university with major course work in behavioral or health sciences, with possession of a California State License as a Clinical Psychologist; and,
2. three years of experience in drug and alcohol abuse programs with one year providing supervision; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: theories of human behavior and personality development and their application to the assessment and treatment of emotional, behavioral, drug and alcohol disorders; current methods of psychotherapy and counseling for adults, families, children and groups; clinical psychotherapeutic supervision methods and techniques; drug and alcohol treatment and diversion programs; program and treatment evaluation techniques; applicable laws and regulations for substance abuse clients, and mental health agencies; -Cal and utilization reviews.

Ability to: supervise, direct and train interns, counselors, psychotherapists, and psychologists for substance abuse identification, intervention and treatment; monitor and evaluate sub-contracting agencies, client assessments, treatment plans, service levels and compliance with Federal, State and County Program Standards; develop, implement and evaluate training programs for sub-contractors and other agencies; chair a Utilization Review committee; oversee all aspects of client and agency documentation and authorization; respond to inquiries and consult with various branches of law enforcement for psychological case and treatment assessments of convicted individuals; make effective oral presentations; write clearly and concisely; provide educational information and program development assistance to public and private employers as well as the community for substance abuse assistance programs, intervention and problem resolution; develop effective working relationships with interns, counselors, therapists, agency directors, government officials, hospital personnel, pharmacists; collect and analyze data to make projections of trends and needs for service levels in the substance abuse field.

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