This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
This position may be filled full or part time
Note: If employed as a half-time employee, the appointed candidate will receive full health care benefits discounted at the full-time employee rate. All other benefits will be pro-rated. Starting salary is based on half FTE employee salary.
The Trial Court is committed to:
fair and impartial administration of justice;
protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.
To deliver timely justice to the public by providing equal access to a fair, equitable and efficient forum to resolve family and probate legal matters and to assist and protect all individuals, families and children in an impartial and respectful manner.
Working within the Court Clinic of the Middlesex Division of the Probate and Family Court, the Clinical Psychologist performs highly responsible professional forensic evaluations / services in a multi-disciplined court clinic environment, providing forensic parenting time, custody and visitation evaluations, as well as, where needed, evaluations regarding guardianship of a minor, removal from the Commonwealth, Grandparent visitation evaluations, interviews of parents and children and /or parent-child reunification visits. Related to these evaluations and services, the court clinician will write responsible forensic reports and, when needed, provide courtroom testimony regarding information gathered and/or evaluation findings and recommendations.
The Clinical Psychologist in the Court Clinic performs family evaluations for the Probate and Family Court and regularly consults with and testifies for the Judges and court staff as needed. This position evaluates parent/child access and addresses issues including: parenting time with custodial and non-custodial parents, questions of shared or sole legal and shared or sole physical custody, allegations of physical or sexual abuse and any neglect of children, domestic violence, substance abuse, parental mental illness, chronic verbal conflict between parents, guardianship of children who are in neither parent’s custody, reunification of children with a long absent parent, questions of parental alienation versus realistic estrangement, need for supervised parenting time and other related issues. The clinician may also evaluate / facilitate parental reunification visits upon request of the Court.
The Clinical Psychologist receives general oversight from the First Justice of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court in accordance with established guidelines.
Clinical/Forensic Supervision will be provided as deemed necessary.
Perform professional forensic evaluations, which may involve diagnosing, recommending needed treatment and custody, visitation, guardianship recommendations on cases referred by the Court;
Where appropriate, refers for the administration of psychological testing.
Provides forensically informed written and/or oral reports to the Court
Consults with the Clinical and Probation Staff on the diagnosis, proposed treatment, parenting recommendations of clients, cases and/or specific issues;
Keeps informed of developments in clinical psychology and allied fields through a study of current literature and participation in the activities of professional societies;
Interviews and assess adults, children and adolescents regarding family relationships, psychological problems and needs, behavioral problems, substance abuse, safety concerns and capacities for mutual cooperation;
Performs clinical evaluations and make recommendations regarding custody and parenting access in high-conflict divorce or separation proceedings, including situations involving domestic violence, restraining orders, severe mental illness, child abuse and/or substance abuse;
Evaluates the basis for allegations regarding the safety of children and parents in the context of past history and current allegations of domestic violence in families, some with past or current Restraining Orders;
Facilitates parent-child reunification in situations of prolonged separation, estrangement and/or alienation;
Interviews individual minor children upon specific Court Orders and convey their voices to the Court orally and/or in written reports;
Interviews collateral contacts, usually by telephone, and gather and review relevant criminal, academic, medical, mental health, police, DCF, and other documentation;
Prepares and drafts concise, relevant reports regarding all the above functions for the Court, and provide oral testimony for the Court when required;
Performs related duties as required.
All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:
Ethics and Values
Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Massachusetts Trial Court.
Understands, upholds, and communicates the Probate and Family Court Department mission.
Ability to advise and facilitate the resolution of family law matters before the court, including assessing service needs of litigants, and providing educational material to parents and guardians.
Accurately can identify and assess case related and administrative problems in family law matters before the court and develop feasible solutions.
Conducts oneself in a courteous and professional manner to parties before the court. Responsive to the needs of self-represented litigants without providing direct legal advice or representation.
Works with others cooperatively, accepts feedback, demonstrates a willingness to be a team player, and contributes to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.
Excellent oral and written communication skills to maximize the effectiveness of the Court Clinic; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with court officials, judges, and community resources is critical.
Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.
These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Clinical Psychologist:
A Doctorate in Psychology with (1) One year of full time or equivalent part time professional clinical experience (pre or post doctoral);
A current or pending license as a psychologist under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Psychology;
All Educational degrees must be from an accredited educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation;
Professional knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical and psychology, child psychology, the psychology of learning, and related disciplines;
Thorough knowledge of the psychological techniques used in clinical practice;
Experience interviewing children and families;
Knowledge of the principles and practices of tests and measurements on mental and physical traits;
Ability to maintain effective cooperative working relationships with staff, clients and with other governmental and outside agencies.
Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.
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