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Psychologist Position with the Philadelphia Department of Prisons

Application Close Date: 3/9/18

General Definition

This is psychological work at the full performance level administering or overseeing a variety of psychological tests and applying psychological techniques in the evaluation and treatment of prison inmates, children and youth, or the intellectually disabled and providing psychological information to agency staff. Employees in the Prisons provide psychological services to prison inmates and detainees and coordinate with contracted medical agencies in the treatment and evaluation of prisoners. Employees in the Department of Human Services provide administrative oversight of contracted mental health service agencies and act as liaisons between social service staff and contracted agencies; evaluates and coordinate the provision of forensic psychological services for children and families; and provides consultation regarding forensic psychological report interpretation. Employees in the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services evaluate and coordinate the provision of psychological services to intellectually disabled clients, provide oversight to contracted emergency service workers and oversight of community home managers. Employees in all assignments are required to attend and play an active role on various multidisciplinary teams regarding psychological matters. Incumbents may also provide technical direction and supervision to lower level social service staff, contracted mental health agencies and student interns. Work is performed under the direction of an administrative manager.

The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications.


Completion of a master’s degree program at an accredited college or university, with major course work in an acceptable area of psychology which has included coursework in psychometrics or related coursework in assessment and evaluation.



Three years of experience in psychometrics or related psychological assessment, diagnostic evaluation and therapy in a correctional center, child welfare agency, social service agency, clinic, intellectual disability provider or counseling agency under the supervision of a licensed psychologist;


One year of experience as a licensed Psychologist or as a certified School Psychologist.

Selective Factor Certification may be utilized, as needed, to fill specific positions.

In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 11.032 – Selective Factor Certification – the appointing authority may request certification of eligible candidates with specified experience, education, training, license, registration or certification to fill specific positions in this class. Certification to fill such positions will be made from the two highest ranking eligible candidates on the eligible list who possess the specified education and/or experience.

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