Under the work direction of the Forensic Psychologist, the Psychologist Assistant administers and scores general and specialized forensic psychological tests, including neuropsychological screens, malingering measures, personality tests and risk assessment/management tools for adults who are in conflict with the law at various locations such as the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, FPSC Regional Clinics, correctional centres, or probation offices dependent upon the situation. Observes client’s behaviour such as his or her affect, motivation, response to failure and success, and any evidence of perceptual disturbances or bizarre behavior during testing, and provides the Forensic Psychologist with verbal and/or written descriptions of the client’s behaviour.
In this role, you will:
- Administers and scores self-report inventories (e.g., MMPI-2, MCMI-IV), neuropsychological screening batteries (e.g. WAIS-IV, WMS-IV), and tests (e.g. CVLT-II, WCST) by using standardized administration procedures, objective scoring procedures, and knowledge at the Undergraduate level on psychological testing within a criminal justice context.
- Provides the Forensic Psychologist with verbal and/or written descriptions of the client’s behaviour during testing by observing client’s behaviour such as his or her affect, motivation, response to failure and success, and any evidence of perceptual disturbances or bizarre behavior.
- Administers specialized forensic assessment measures as directed by the Forensic Psychologist to assist with assessing risk and treatment needs of an individual currently subject to criminal justice proceedings (i.e. Court disposition and BC Review Board hearing). Scope of assessments may include the determination of risk to reoffend, malingering and other pathological considerations relevant in the completion of a comprehensive forensic psychological assessment.
- Prepares and maintains a variety of records, reports, and charts according to established procedures by documenting test results, noting clearly any observations on clients behaviour, and working closely with Forensic Psychologist and Regional Clinic Manager/Director Rehabilitation Services,
- Participates in educational meetings, forensic psychology staff meetings, and may attend treatment team conferences.
- A Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
- Recognized training and/ or experience in administering a wide variety of psychodiagnostic tests.
- Specialized academic course and experience in forensic psychology including risk assessment and risk management for specific areas of offending (i.e. sexual assault, spousal assault and violence).
- A valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.
- A general knowledge at the Undergraduate level on psychological testing and psychopathology especially in the context of the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrated the ability to relate well with others and with a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated the ability to organize and to prioritize workload.
- Demonstrated the ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, problem-solve, and effectively deal with conflict situations.
- Demonstrated the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
- The ability to operate related equipment including basic knowledge of computer software I.e. Windows, MS Word.
- The physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
If this sounds like you, apply now!
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS www.bcmhsus.ca) provides tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across BC. BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA.) PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs: https://jobs.phsa.ca/family-brands
We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self.
PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities
- Casual Opportunity
- Wage: $30.75 to $38.33 per hour
- Rotating Days, Rotating Times
- 10022 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC V3T 2W4