Colorado State Psychologist I in Pueblo, Colorado

Psychologist I



Psychologist I


$5,835.00 - $8,845.00 Monthly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Colorado Department of Human Services

Job Number

IIB 03966 03/02/2018



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Department Information

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo

Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo (CMHIP) is a 449-bed hospital that provides inpatient behavioral health services for adults, adolescents and geriatric patients. CMHIP is a forensic hospital that serves individuals with pending criminal charges who require evaluations of competency, individuals who have been found by a court to be incompetent to proceed (restoration treatment) and individuals found to be not guilty by reason of insanity. Patients' families, friends and loved ones are encouraged to visit and maintain relationships with patients while hospitalized.

CMHIP is located in southern Colorado on a 300-acre campus. As one of Pueblo's largest employers, we offer career opportunities in many multi-disciplinary professions, including nursing, psychology, social work and medicine. CMHIP is accredited through the Joint Commission.

In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the state system

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans

  • Medical and Dental Health Plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage

  • Vacation and Sick Leave

  • 10 Paid Holidays per year

  • State of Colorado's Work-Life Employee discount Program offers a variety of discounts on services and products to State employees

Description of Job


The purpose of position is to provide treatment programming to inpatient psychiatric services in an intermediate to maximum security level unit consisting of ITP patients, NGRI patients and Civil patients. This includes psychological assessments, psychosocial group and individual therapy in the form of specific targeted behavioral interventions such as IBP's.


  • Provide evaluation, direct treatment including groups, 1:1's, Analytic Behavior Plan development, and provide support for unit treatment program.

  • Provide a minimum of 12 hour of scheduled, structured treatment in both individual and group therapy.

  • Provide unstructured coaching on the unit as needed; when available, assist clinical team in providing unit coverage, modeling of interventions, clinical consultation, and group coverage as needed.

  • Provide ongoing development, implementation, and monitoring of Program Policy.

  • Function as a leader by providing weekly clinical education and case consultation during Team Meeting or other appropriate formats such as weekly Program Meeting.

  • Model the philosophy and treatment interventions as outlined in Recovery Model and Motivational Interviewing principals.

  • Maintain treatment program fidelity and effectiveness by adhering to Policy and Procedures.

  • Provide consultation to ITP group leaders, Forensic evaluators, and treatment team members regarding progress of residents in ITP programming.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:

Current, valid licensure as a Psychologist from the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners.


One year of experience as a licensed psychologist or permitted psychologist candidate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or training in conducting functional behavior analysis and author behavior analytic treatment plans for patient's treatment.

  • Experience in conducting and writing evaluations of competency to proceed

  • Experience or an interest in the clinical evaluation and/or treatment of juveniles and training in forensic assessments

  • Experience evaluating chronically and pervasively mentally ill adults

  • Experience working with mentally ill adults in one or more highly restrictive settings inpatient, residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, jail)

  • Experience working in a "fast-paced" office ensuring deadlines are being met

  • Experience working with confidential medical information and obtaining proper authorization to release information

  • Ability to work independently with little or no direction

  • Clear and effective written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to use independent judgment to accomplish tasks to meet deadlines

Conditions of Employment:

  • A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process as this position is deemed to have direct contact with vulnerable persons. Felony convictions, conviction of crimes of moral turpitude, or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges or convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the CDHS Background Unit with an official disposition of any charges. Additionally, you will be required take a drug screen.

  • A Tuberculosis Test (TB) will be required upon hire

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process:

Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to help further define and differentiate the skills they bring to the position. Please remember that these items are a supplement to your application and do not replace it - you will still need to complete each section of the application in it's totality. Using phrases such as "see resume" will not meet the requirement for completing the application.

The selection process will consist primarily of a review of applications against the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Applications will be reviewed in comparison to all others in the applicant pool in order to identify a top group of candidates who may be invited for a final interview. Depending on the size of the applicant pool, additional selection processes may be utilized to identify a top group of candidates. Applicants will be notified of their status via email.

Please be aware the application review is based solely upon the information provided in your application packet, especially the Work Experience and Supplemental Questions sections of your application. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide extensive detail in these sections of your application.

Note: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection process.

Additionally, the eligible list established from this announcement may be used to fill multiple positions at this level within the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo. Current staff who have previously applied for the position under different announcements must reapply.