Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Palm Beach County Youth Affairs Highridge Family Center, Palm Beach, FL, USA - 1 postdoctoral position

Position: This Post Doctoral Residency is within the Palm Beach County Youth Affairs Division at Highridge Family Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is a one-year position. Start date will be on October 3, 2011. Emphasis is on intervention and assessment in a residential setting with at-risk youth populations and their families.

Description: The overall goal of the Youth Affairs Division is to foster healthy individual and family functioning in families where youth have been identified as “at-risk” for entering the juvenile justice system, dropping out of school, getting involved with gangs, running away from home, substance use, and entering the child protective system. This goal is accomplished through family, group, and individual therapy, psycho-education, parent training, psychological evaluation, consultative services, and community outreach offered across community-based, office, and residential settings. Services are provided free to Palm Beach County residents.

The Palm Beach County Youth Affairs Division employs psychologists, Master’s level clinicians, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, family counselors, residential counselors, and nurses. The agency is also an interdisciplinary training site for pre-doctoral psychology interns, psychology practicum students, social work interns, mental health counseling interns, and marriage and family therapy interns, as well as the site of a Palm Beach County alternative school program. Psychology residents will receive primary supervision from licensed psychologists. Consultation from other staff will be provided as needed. The overall goal of the post doctoral psychology residency program at the Palm Beach County Youth Affairs Division is to support the development of psychology residents into professional psychologists. Psychology residents will integrate fundamental skills consistent with the philosophy of the Youth Affairs Division. This philosophy incorporates a developmental training model utilized throughout the Division with the varying levels of professional staff, behavioral staff, and trainees from multiple disciplines. A strengths-based perspective has been a cornerstone in the Division’s philosophy of training as well as prevention and intervention work with children, adolescents, parents, and families. Additionally, Palm Beach County is a culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse area that is becoming more diverse with each passing year. As such, the Division’s philosophy integrates a multicultural/diversity emphasis.

Psychology residents will have opportunities to work with a range of diverse populations with a variety of presenting issues. Training Site: Highridge Family Center is a 48-bed residential facility serving at-risk youth between the ages of 11 and 16 who reside in Palm Beach County. Typically, the families seeking services through Highridge have been struggling with conflicted family relations, poor academics, disruptive school behavior, drug experimentation, poor peer group choices, minor law infractions, and emotional difficulties. In conjunction with the School District of Palm Beach County, residents of Highridge are provided alternative education while they are enrolled in the program. Referral sources include schools, parents, prevention and diversion programs, as well as former clients. The facility is divided into two male and two female dormitory-style “houses,” each with the capacity for 12 residents. The youth live at the facility Monday through Friday, returning to their homes on weekends and school holidays to practice newly learned skills with their families. A Family Therapist provides family, group, and individual therapy, and three Residential Counselors (two day shift, one night shift) provide behavior management and therapeutic milieu activities for each house. The site utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to include working with psychologists, nurses, master’s level therapists, school behavioral personnel, teachers, and bachelor’s level dorm counselors.

To learn more about the Palm Beach County Youth Affairs Division, please access the following link: http://www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/youthaffairs/

Primary Activities: The postdoctoral position involves a blend of treatment and assessment activities, in addition to supervision, teaching and research opportunities. Clinical activities will focus primarily on child, adolescent, and family assessment and treatment. Treatment approaches will include an emphasis on family, systemic, behavioral, and cognitive-behavioral interventions for youth and their families presenting with a diverse set of clinical issues. Residential treatment activities include family, group, and individual therapy, therapeutic milieu activities, and treatment team consultations. Assessment duties will involve the use of a range of assessment tools including, but not limited to WISC-IV, Woodcock-Johnson-III, BASC, TOVA, KBIT, MMPI-A, self-report measures, and projective inventories. Referrals for child assessment will come from Youth Affairs Division staff, with most child evaluations including assessment of the child’s cognitive functioning, behavioral functioning, psychological functioning, and developmental level. 

The postdoctoral resident will have access to professional development opportunities through the Youth Affairs Education Center, including a full range of didactic offerings. Further, the post doctoral resident will provide training to parents and community members, in addition to Youth Affairs Division staff and trainees. There will be opportunities to mentor trainees. Qualifications: Applicants must have: (a) completed their doctoral training in clinical psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program; (b) completed a predoctoral internship from an APA-accredited or APPIC-member site; and (c) demonstrated strong potential for a career in clinical psychology with an emphasis on child, adolescent, and family clinical assessment and intervention. 

Successful applicants must be culturally competent, with good interpersonal, organizational, and managerial skills. Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks are desirable. Salary & Benefits: This position has an annual full-time salary of $30,000. Florida requirements for a post doctoral residency are fulfilled: 2000 total hours; an average of two hours of weekly supervision by a licensed psychologist, with at least one hour of weekly face-to-face individual supervision by a licensed psychologist. Work weeks are Monday through Thursday, with 10 hour work shifts from 9:30am – 8:00pm. The position is considered a contract employee with no additional benefits provided. Deadline for applications is August 4, 2011, or until position is filled. Please go to the Youth Affairs website 

http://www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/youthaffairs/ for the application. Once completed, submit the materials requested via email to: Twila D. Taylor, Psy.D. Youth Affairs Division, Palm Beach County Highridge Family Center 4200 N. Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33407 561-625-2540 twtaylor@pbcgov.org