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.
Psychologist Assistant (Forensic)
Wage: $29.08 to $36.24 per hour
Forensic Psychiatric Clinic
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.
- 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.
- Participates in research activities as requested by methods such as conducting literature reviews, assisting with the preparation and submission of research applications to Research Ethics Boards, and assisting with the preparation and submission of research funding applications to funding agencies.
Education, Training and Experience
- 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).
- Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.
Skills and Abilities
- General knowledge at the Undergraduate level on psychological testing and psychopathology especially in the context of the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrated ability to relate well with others and with a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated ability to organize and to prioritize workload.
- Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, problem-solve, and effectively deal with conflict situations.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
- Ability to operate related equipment including basic knowledge of computer software I.e. Windows, MS Word.
- Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
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