Post-Doctoral Psychologist Intern

Pontiac, Illinois   |     Regular Full Time    |     Job ID:18704


Wexford Health

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POSITION:           Post-Doctoral Psychologist Intern
SCHEDULE:         Full-Time 8a-4p
FACILITY:             Pontiac Correctional Center
LOCATION:          Pontiac, IL
A Job Should be MORE than just a paycheck.
Wexford Health Sources, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest correctional health care providers.  Over the past 30 years, our team of dedicated clinical professionals has helped literally millions of justice-involved patients receive life-changing medical and mental health services.
The majority of our patients come from marginalized or impoverished backgrounds.  In many cases, our doctors, nurses, and behavioral health professionals represent the patient’s first experience with quality, compassionate health care.
We heal and rehabilitate thousands of incarcerated patients every day.
When you join Wexford Health, you do more than just further your career.
You also become part of a team-a family-whose mission is to care for patients that cannot care for themselves.
You change lives.
You make a difference.
If you are looking for a position that empowers you to do MORE… then look at Wexford Health.

Post-Doctoral Psychologist Intern is a training position within the Mental Health Departments at Dixon, Logan, and Pontiac Correctional Centers, as well as Joliet Treatment Center. The incumbent will provide a variety of mental health services under the direction of the Site Mental Health Services Director and other Licensed Clinical Psychologists. The primary purpose of this training experience is to adequately prepare the incumbent for eventual full-time employment as a Clinical Psychologist. Ultimate oversight responsibility for the incumbent and his/her training position resides with the Regional Mental Health Training Director.

1.    Conducts psychological screening, assessment and/or evaluations of patients referred for examination and/or treatment following IDOC format and guidelines.
2.    Prepares and updates treatment plans on patients requiring mental health treatment.
3.    Participates in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings within Residential Treatment Units.
4.    Serves as a member of the Center Crisis Intervention Team.  This may include:

a. Providing assessments and brief therapy to patients identified as experiencing a psychological/emotional crisis.
b. Maintaining required crisis intervention documentation and monitoring all delivery of service to patients on crisis status.

5.    Provides consultation to center staff and administration on the treatment of specific patients.
6.    Completes comprehensive psychosocial histories on selected patients.
7.    Provides individual and group therapy for patients identified through evaluation or referred by other MH personnel.
8.    Administers, scores, and interprets objective and projective psychological testing in appropriate cases.
9.    Conducts discharge planning for seriously mentally ill patients returning to the community.
10.    Conducts weekly rounds in Restrictive Housing Units.
11.    Responds to patients requests for mental health services as well as referrals from staff who believe that an patients requires mental health assistance.
12.    Facilitates Community Meetings and psychoeducational groups within the Modified Therapeutic Community program. 
13.    Provides documentation in accordance with IDOC policies and procedures.
14.    Conducts Suicide Risk Assessments in accordance with IDOC Administrative Directives.
15.    Participates in pre-service and in-service training programs.
16.    Works closely with consulting psychiatrists to ensure patients requiring evaluation for medication or re-evaluation of current medications are seen by the psychiatric provider in a timely manner, and informs said provider re: any information pertinent to the patient’s clinical condition.
17.    Participates in weekly clinical supervision meetings with a Clinical Psychologist assigned by the site Mental Health Services Director. 
18.    Participates in the monthly administrative supervision meetings with the Regional Mental Health Training Director.
19.    Provides mental health services in compliance with all Administrative Directives.
20.    Adheres to universal precautions and other appropriate infection control practices.
21.    Maintains open lines of communication via attendance at staff meetings and/or use of other appropriate communication methods.
22.    Adheres to safety and security policies and participates in disaster drills.
23.    Follows security regulation policies and participates in disaster drills.
24.    Receives direction from IDOC personnel as appropriate, including but not limited to, Wardens and  Psychology Administrators.
25.    Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above and within the scope of his/her clinical training and/or licensure/certification.
The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.

TRAVEL: Minimal travel required.
LICENSING: Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor preferred but not required.
CERTIFICATION: Current CPR certification required if on-site—Accepted: 

  • American Red Cross  
  • American Heart Association 
  • American Safety and Health Institute 

EDUCATION: Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Inpatient or outpatient MH treatment and assessment.  





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