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 04622 05/09/2018


5/31/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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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 security level consisting of men, women, 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, IBP's, and provide support for unit treatment program.

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

  • 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.


Due to travel requirements for this position, you must possess and maintain a Valid Colorado Drivers License.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Special Qualifications: Due to travel requirements for this position, you must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License.

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


Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review and structured interview. Candidates who most closely meet the job requirements will move through successive stages of the process. Applicants will be notified of their status via email following each stage.