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State of Massachusetts Master's Level - Psychological Assistant III in Southbridge, Massachusetts

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is looking for a caring, compassionate, and energetic individual who wants a rewarding career making a difference in the lives of those individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. DDS is seeking a motivated, self-directed and experienced person for the role of* PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSISTANT III for the South Valley Area Office. Our ideal candidate will provide clinical interpretation and guidance to Area Management, Service Coordinators/Supervisors, Risk Management Team and Individual Service Plan teams on psychological matters; participate as member of the Area Management Team in all planning and policy development; provide oversight and review of all public safety and risk issues and chair the Risk Management Committee. Additionally, the Psychological Assistant III will provide training, including staff, inter-agency and provider trainings; oversee special projects as assigned and perform other related duties as required. */_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/ * Provide clinical interpretation and guidance to Area Office Management, Service Coordinators/Supervisors, Risk Management Team and Individual Service Plan teams on psychological and risk matters. * Perform assessments of individuals' clinical needs and diagnosis; offer recommendations to Area Office Management and Providers. * Manage crisis prevention and intervention plans; act as liaison with mental health service providers and coordinate referrals to specialty services. * Develop and review risk management plans to mitigate risk and safeguard health and safety of individuals as the Chair of the Risk Management Team. * Assess the quality and validity of clinical services provided by area service providers, make recommendations and develop implementation strategies. * Consult with Regional inter-agency staff in planning and participating i Regional Peer Review of intrusive/restrictive behavior treatment plans. * Maintain documentation and data as required; provide and coordinate training and education of behavior and psychological treatment plans/trends for Area Office and Provider staff as necessary. / _Preferred Qualifications:_/ * Competent in behavioral intervention, applied behavior analysis and other research based methodologies; * Demonstrated knowledge of the interpretation and analysis of assessment and testing results; Diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and current trends in the field; * Experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); * Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality; * Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral communication skills; * Record of working in multidisciplinary teams; * Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint _Additional Information:_ Located at the South Valley Area Office- Southbridge, MA. Schedule: Day shift, Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm with flexibility required to meet the needs of the Area Office. _About the Agency:_ The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members. _Total Compensation:_ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program /_Pre-Hire Process:_/ A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate. For more information, please visit: Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources Customer Service line at 800-627-7730. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: "Applicants must have at least (A) a Master's degree in psychology or related field and at least two years of full-time or equivalent part-time professional experience in the application of psychological principles and techniques in a recognized agency providing psychological services or treatment, after the acquisition of the Master's degree,or (B) A Doctorate in Psychology." An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Medical Services *Organization: Department of Developmental Services *Title: *Master's Level - Psychological Assistant III Location: Massachusetts-Southbridge - 1 North Street Requisition ID: 210002UT