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Psychologist

A psychologist provides direct clinical assessments, treatment and referral services (including evaluation, diagnosis, case planning, and therapeutic intervention) for children, youth and family members who have moderate to severe emotional, behavioural and other mental health disorders.

Responsibilities of a Psychologist:

  1. To be accountable for Health and support to case management services within their assigned area.
  2. To be accountable for programming and policy in support of opportunities for rehabilitation and community level initiatives.
  3. To be accountable for support to Probation/Parole/Court services within their assigned area.

Common Duties:

  • Conducts psychological risk and needs assessments.
  • Assesses offenders for learning disabilities.
  • Conducts individual and group critical incident stress debriefings.
  • Develops and implements psychological case plans and testing methods, evaluates the progress of offenders with respect to psychological assessment, and provides feedback to other Corrections staff.
  • Provides consultative advice and training to primary care givers, case managers and probation officers. Assesses and diagnose offenders as referred by staff, recommending suitable intervention, follow up or referral to Psychiatrist.
  • Provides family therapy, release planning, substance abuse counseling and vocational counseling to the offenders and their support system.
  • Provides intensive psychotherapy and counsels offenders on an on-going basis and maintains progress reports.
  • Monitors and evaluate progress, safety and security reports on offenders and makes recommendations to management and case managers/probation officers.
  • Prepares court reports as part of court ordered assessments.
  • Accepts referrals from the Case Manager, frontline staff, Registered Nurse, Family Members, Outside Agencies, Probation Services and provides appropriate psychotherapy counseling and testing.
  • Researches files from facility, COMS, Schools, Social Workers and other programs. Provides support to case management team by participating in and adhering to the Case Management Plan, in order to prepare offenders for reintegration into society by collaborating with the Case Manager, Officers, Deputy Warden and Warden by attending Case Conferences, Release Conferences and other Case Management Meetings.
  • Responds to referrals from corrections staff regarding concerns about offenders suicidal ideation and intent, depression, psychoses, anger, substance withdrawal, homesickness, developmental delay, criminal intent, guilt, FASD indicators and initiates appropriate therapy to reduce problems for the offender and the institution.
  • Provides crisis intervention with offender. Works with staff in building rapport and communicating with offenders, providing support in crisis intervention and conflict resolution.
  • Evaluates psychological progress of offenders, providing feedback to staff via COMS reporting.
  • Observes and assess offender's behavior, and intervenes when appropriate. Educates staff to facilitate offender programs (i.e. anger management).
  • Provides staff with training pertaining to psychology of offenders or offending. Ensures staff dress and deportment reflect professional standards.
  • Assess' and screen individual offenders for suitability for various programs.
  • Provides behavioral development programming for offenders in order to foster opportunities for rehabilitation.
  • Monitors and evaluate offender's progress and success.
  • Researches, develops, coordinates, delivers, and evaluates programming.
  • Leads and participates in a wide variety of activities and programs (discussions on sexuality, drug and alcohol counseling, etc) providing opportunities for offenders to experience behavioral change.
  • Liaise with community resources in support of offender treatment.
  • Travel to communities within home region to assess offenders.
  • Provide psychotherapeutic follow up and continuity of service in extenuating circumstances (i.e. probation or when services unavailable in home community).
  • Serve as an expert witness in court, within scope of practice, when required.
  • Act as an expert resource to Probation with respect to community based treatment Offer guidance to Probation with respect to case management decisions in respect of difficult offenders.