Psychologist I

State of Colorado

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$7,789 a month

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This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

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About Us:
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401(k) and 457 plans
  • Medical and dental health plans
  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
  • BenefitHub state employee discount program
  • Employee Wellness program MotivateMe
  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more
  • Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to
Our Culture & Environment
We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

*** Reminder: This job announcement will serve as an application pool for available positions that now exist or may exist in the future. Including both part and full time positions.***


Description of Job


Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP)

As a cornerstone of the Pueblo community for over a century, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo is a leading employer, provider of quality mental health services, and a community partner.

Colorado Mental Health Institute at 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. The hospital is divided into four specific programs, with multiple units in each program, to meet the needs of individual patients. There are several divisions, within the Psychology Department, to support the treatment of patients, such as evaluation and assessment, consultation, education, and specialized treatment.

The psychologist provides psychological assessment, psychotherapeutic groups, individual psychotherapy, functional behavior analysis and specific interventions, all for the purpose of increasing emotional regulation, coping skills, and behavior regulation in patients. Psychologists test, assess, diagnose, and treat mental, neurological, physiological, and emotional disorders or disabilities. The work includes selecting, administering and interpreting intelligence batteries,
personality, neuropsychological and other psychological tests to diagnose disorders and formulate treatment plans, determining the need for involuntary mental health treatment; providing treatment and therapeutic intervention; conducting individual, group, and family rehabilitation activities; and completing various clinical and legal documents to track cases. Included is pre- and post-doctoral supervision of candidates for licensure, providing consultative services to other health care disciplines, providing expert testimony in court, and conducting program evaluation to determine the effectiveness of treatments for patient populations.

Job Duties:

  • The psychologist provides evaluation, direct treatment, behavioral planning, and support to unit treatment program within hospital policy and procedures. Direct treatment includes individual and group therapy, coaching, assist in providing unit coverage, modeling of interventions, clinical consultation, and therapeutic coverage as needed. Provide weekly clinical education and case consultation during Team or Staff Meetings. Model the philosophy and treatment interventions as outlined in the Recovery Model and Motivational Interviewing principals. Coaches staff in treatment interventions to help maintain treatment fidelity and effectiveness, in adherence with hospital policy. Provides structured and unstructured treatment/behavioral coaching as needed in impromptu situations. Provides consultation to treatment team members regarding resident progress. The psychologist coordinates with unit leadership to help ensure program treatment fidelity and effectiveness. The psychologist completes needed resident suicide assessments. The psychologist adheres to set work schedule and integrates resident treatment within the larger unit schedule.
  • Provide scheduled, structured treatment to include group and individual therapy within the context of specialized treatment programs such as Trauma Informed Care, Addictions Counseling, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Functional Behavior Analysis & Programing, or other treatment modalities found to be efficacious with patients with serious mental illness. Performs relevant evaluation and individual/group treatment for the purpose of increasing emotional regulation, coping skills, and behavior regulation. Provide consultation to others within the treatment setting. Provide scheduled, structured treatment to include group and individual therapy. Functional Behavior Analysts review the Contingency Management Systems utilized by the milieu to provide daily incentives for active treatment participation and to develop socially effective behavior. This position will assist in the development of Individual Behavioral Plans (IBP) and IIBP with Unit Psychologists to help meet specific behavioral management needs of patients.
  • Completes specific types of assessments/evaluations per expertise and assigned rotation or position. Assignments include Psychological Assessment, Neuro psychological Assessment, Violence Risk Assessments and/or Suicide Risk Assessments, Behavioral Assessments, and Competency Evaluations. Completes assigned assessments per MD/PA/NP referrals. Provides feedback to resident and clinical team members after assessment completed and instructs in appropriate treatment interventions based on findings. Prepare and deliver to courts, via expert testimony, professional opinion regarding diagnosis and treatment progress of residents under care, specific to role as treatment provider or evaluator. Completes written report to integrate findings and recommendations. Provide specific treatment information regarding resident progress and/or report findings of assessments/evaluations within context of expertise and professional standing. Maintain statistical and research knowledge of specific treatment modalities utilized and or evaluation instruments. Maintain legal knowledge sufficient to provide testimony within a court setting. Communicate findings clearly and succinctly.
  • Attends and participates in Morning Report, TPR’s and Clinical Team Meetings. Attends routine meetings within the Psychology Department and based upon position may attend various meetings with hospital structure. It is expected for the individual to model and reinforces effective interpersonal skills. Establish or utilize appropriate team meetings to provide clinical education/case consultation on difficult to treat patients. Maintain ongoing continuing education requirements for professional licensure.
  • Psychologist provide professional development opportunities for direct care staff, such as nursing or other mental health providers within the context of specific hospital and program needs. They assist in helping other professionals understand and integrate the complexity of resident needs, particularly in the treatment of mental illness and restoration. The focus of education is in assisting others in developing skills and competencies regarding evidenced based treatments, identifying risk, and practicing frequently recommended interventions with residents. Assist direct care and mental health care staff to identify barriers to good treatment. Assist in helping teams identify “turf” issues and increase communication, collaboration, and cooperation.
  • Psychologists document their portion of the resident treatment plan, individual or group services provided, client progress, and assessments/evaluations within the electronic treatment record. Record keeping documents the psychologist’s planning and implementation of an appropriate course of treatment within the greater context of hospital based services. Psychologists must follow privacy and confidentiality of records and routinely refresh their knowledge of such through annual training opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications:
Current, valid or recently expired licensure as a Psychologist. This license must be/was in good standing.


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

**Note, nothing in these Minimum Qualifications alleviates the criteria to transfer licensing or any requirements by the respective board under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

Substitutions: None

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with mentally ill adults in one or more highly restrictive settings (jail, inpatient, residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient)
  • Experience evaluating chronically and pervasively mentally ill adults, especially related to involuntary treatment evaluations.
  • Experience performing full-battery psychological assessments of mentally ill adults including test administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing.
  • Experience devising and monitoring behavioral support and management plans.
  • Ability to work in collaborative relationships with other professionals to achieve interdisciplinary goals set for the client.
  • Experience and ability to provide clinical leadership to a multidisciplinary team, especially with respect to behavior management planning and treatment planning for clients with dangerous issues.
  • Experience working with confidential medical information and obtaining proper authorization to release information.
  • Experience of organizational skills that include the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and 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.
  • Psychologist must possess and maintain psychologist license throughout employment through the Psychologist Section of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Professions and Occupations.
  • TB (Tuberculosis) testing
  • 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.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.


Supplemental Information


Selection Process


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: Transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements are required to apply and participate in the selection 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
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a review of your application material and your responses to any supplemental questions. Applications and responses will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to assess and rank applicants in order to establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure the “Work Experience” section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the JobMinimum QualificationsRequired Competencies and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and “see resume” statements will not be accepted in lieu of the “Work Experience” section of the application. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your score, rank or inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants.

For Recruiting questions, please contact Isaac.

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.


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