Under the general direction of the Director and consistent with the Ethics and Standards of the College of the Psychologists of BC, and Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (FPSC), the Psychologist is responsible for carrying out psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments on persons ordered by the Court, certified under the Mental Health Act or found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder under the Criminal Code of Canada. Provides testimony as an expert forensic witness in the Courts or the BC Review Board in support of court-ordered or court-related psychological assessments; may participate in research in relevant forensic issues; may provide direction to psychological assistants and supervision of clinical psychology interns or students; and participates on committees of the FPSC including committees on quality improvement and professional practice.
- Completes comprehensive psychological assessments including assessing risk to re-offend, upon referral by reviewing the legal orders to ascertain the stage of proceedings and the nature of the assessment requested; consulting with the interdisciplinary team which may include the assigned psychiatrist, case manager, nurse, psychiatric social worker, and psychological assistant as necessary to determine the nature of the assessment; reviewing the police reports, and previous psychological, nursing, psychiatric, and social assessments; determining the appropriate battery of psychological testing to be administered to the offender; arranging and conducting psychological interviews with the various individuals, and other relevant collaterals; advising the accused person regarding issues of consent and confidentiality/non-confidentiality; and supervising and/or administering psychological testing and interpreting the results.
- Prepares comprehensive written psychological reports that include descriptions and interpretations of psychological testing and formulation of a psychological profile with recommendations for treatment and management of risk related behaviors. Psychological Reports must be prepared at a standard for submission to the Courts or the BC Review Board.
- Participates in treatment planning conferences relating to persons who have been referred for assessment by providing input from a forensic psychology perspective on a variety of issues related to the patient.
- Provides testimony as an expert forensic psychology witness in the Courts or BC Review Board hearings in support of psychological assessments by researching, studying and understanding complex legal and clinical issues related to relationships between psychological factors and criminal behaviors; maintains up-to-date knowledge and understanding of forensic psychology issues and expertise in risk assessment and risk management tools and the relationship to criminal behaviour; establishes through education, experience and reputation recognition by the courts as an expert witness in forensic psychology; and is able to withstand intensive and extensive cross examination intended to diminish status as an expert witness or destroy credibility or accuracy of facts, testing formulations, conclusions and recommendations contained in written reports.
- May participate in research in relevant areas of forensic psychology by assisting in the development of design and outcome studies; assisting in data collection and analysis; working with institutions of higher learning in major research undertakings; preparing research papers for publication and presentation at relevant psychiatric and psychological conferences; and maintaining an up-to-date review of relevant research in issues of forensic psychology.
Education, Training and Experience
- Graduate in a Doctorate level program in Clinical Forensic Psychology, or Doctoral level program in Clinical Psychology with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a forensic mental health context.
- One (1) year direct clinical experience performing diagnostic assessment and treatment of adults in a Forensic Mental Health setting including risk assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy or other relevant assessment and treatment modalities.
- Current registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, or secured within 18 months of hire.
Skills and Abilities
- Comprehensive knowledge of psychology including risk assessment and risk management, developmental theories, family and social dynamics, treatment and behaviour management modalities and psychological testing and interpretation.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the justice system, complex legal issues and other forensic matters.
- Comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation.
- Demonstrated specialized expertise in treatment approaches for violent offenders, sexual offenders, or other specialized forensic psychology issues, including the evaluation of the accused person’s response to treatment initiatives.
- Broad knowledge of the service delivery system for offenders and their families at the local, regional and provincial level.
- Ability to prepare comprehensive written assessments for the Courts and referral agencies.
- Ability to testify in the court as an expert witness.
- Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, develop/implement short-term and long-term objectives.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team and to deal with others effectively.
- Demonstrated ability to initiate and carry out research.
- Demonstrated ability to provide clinical and professional supervision and to provide instruction and teaching.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work.
- Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
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As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary level mental health services to residents across all geographic areas in BC. These include Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital plus six regional clinics. In addition to direct services, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services acts as a support and resource to service providers across the province, and contributes to research and education.
BC Mental Health & Addiction Services is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.
Wage: $45.32 to $56.51 per hour
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