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Part- time Weekend Psychologist I - CMHI at Fort Logan

at State of Colorado

Posted: 7/31/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2522819

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado State Residents

This is a Part-Time Position

About Us
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits: 

Our Culture & Environment
Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:
  • Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being
  • Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value accountability and transparency
  • Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship
  • Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado's success
  • Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes
  • Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow

About this Position:
*This position has been assessed as qualifying  for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and individuals hired are eligible to apply for an award. For more information, go to 

We welcome applications from psychologists with interest and experience working in the public sector with historically underserved clients who have experienced severe and persistent mental illness. We encourage and welcome applications from candidates from diverse communities as well as those psychologists who may speak a second language.  

About this Work Unit:
CMHIFL is a trauma-informed, recovery oriented treatment facility which provides care for an underserved population of Coloradans who experience severe and persistent mental illness. We serve a highly diverse population of individuals including those who may not speak English. Interpreter services are readily available to support treatment and evaluation of all clients

The Psychology Department at CMHIFL provides psychological services throughout the Colorado Mental Health Institute including: civil commitment evaluations, psychological assessments, psychiatric diagnoses, clinical assessments, consulting with the treatment teams, psycheducation/training throughout the hospital, direct patient care, group psychotherapy, maintaining responsibility for the team legal logs, supervising individually assigned  interns, and writing Behavior Management Plans.

Description of Job

The Weekend Psychologist provides a range of psychological services throughout the Institute including civil commitment evaluations, initial evaluation and assessment of newly admitted patients, consultation with nursing and medical staff, development of behavior management plans and providing individual, group, and family therapy as assigned. The Weekend Psychologist is an integral member of the Psychology Department and the interdisciplinary treatment team. Also, the Weekend Psychologist may provide support of the psychology internship program to include occasional supervision of assigned APA interns and the provision of a didactic training to interns and/or team staff.


  • The Weekend Psychologist reviews the legal status of all patients admitted to CMHIFL and evaluates their mental status and condition to determine whether they can be released, can cooperate with voluntary inpatient treatment, or need to be certified pursuant to Colorado Mental Health Statutes (CRS 27-65-101 et seq.) for involuntary treatment.
  • The psychologist communicates findings to court by letters, petitions, and expert-witness testimony as needed
  • The psychologist conducts a variety of evaluations of patients admitted to CMHIFL through clinical interview, chart review, or administration of psychological surveys. 
  • Assists in determining differential diagnosis and may recommend formal psychological assessment.
  • Using psychological principles of learning and development,  reviews and modifies specialized Behavior Management Plans as needed to address the clinical needs of challenging clients. Consults with multidisciplinary team to design plans to address refractory symptoms.
  • Provide direct clinical services, informed by evidence-based approaches, including individual, group, and/or family therapy based on needs as assessed by the multidisciplinary treatment team.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

We welcome applications from psychologists with interest and experience working in the public sector with historically underserved clients who have experienced severe and persistent mental illness. We encourage and welcome applications from candidates from diverse communities as well as those psychologists who may speak a second language.  

Minimum Qualifications

Education:  Current, valid licensure as a Psychologist from the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

 One year of experience as a licensed psychologist or permitted psychologist candidate.


Highly Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Knowledge of DSM-V
2. Prior Adult Inpatient Experience
3. Desire to work with Adults Who Have Been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness
4. Experience and/or desire to work with diverse, under-served client populations.

Conditions of Employment
The successful candidate in this position must be willing and available to submit to the following conditions:

  • Successfully pass a criminal background check 
  • Possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license and be able to independently travel throughout the Denver metro area using personal transportation or a state vehicle to attend court hearings
  • Pre-Employment Physical –TB Test 
  • Pre-employment Drug Testing & fingerprinting
  • Essential Services Designation- required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare
  • Special Qualifications-  must be a licensed Psychologist in CO 

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. 

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. 

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume to their application. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered.
Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process.  Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself.  Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.
Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position.  If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.
Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. 

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

Supplemental Information

Comparative Analysis Process
The Assessment Process:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.
Be sure the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, Required Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and "see resume" statements will not be accepted in lieu of the "Work Experience" section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.
If you have transcripts, a license or other relevant documentation regarding your qualifications, upload and attach copies to your application.
Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.
If you have recruitment questions about this position please contact

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact  by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
~The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer~