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Forensic Psychologist - Inpatient - West Central GA Regional Hospital

at State of Georgia

Posted: 10/9/2019
Job Reference #: HEA0488

Job Description

For more than 30 years West Central Georgia Regional Hospital in Columbus has stood as a beacon of hope for consumers in need of mental health, developmental disability and addictive disease services in the west central region of the State of Georgia.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Forensic Psychologist.

Under supervision of a hospital forensic director, the successful candidates will be responsible for the completion of criminal forensic evaluations.

Knowledge of abnormal psychology, pertinent statutes and case law related to the practice of forensic psychology, malingering assessment tools, intellectual testing, personality assessment, best practices in mental health treatment, and ethical/professional guidelines for the practice of forensic psychology is required.

Job duties include the participation on the recovery planning (treatment) team; facilitation of group treatment; participation in the development of individualized recovery (treatment) plans; documentation of treatment progress; completion of face-to-face forensic mental health evaluations to determine competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence risk; report preparation; expert testimony; behavioral programming; clinical supervision of mental health counselors, and related work as assigned. Completion of the state's Competency to Stand Trial Certification process within one year of hire is required for continued employment.

Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards

Conducts court-ordered pretrial forensic psychological evaluations to answer questions of competency to stand trial and/or criminal responsibility as a neutral friend of the court.
Completes assessments on individuals admitted to a State Forensic Psychiatric Unit.
Conducts forensic risk assessments and other psychological testing.
Conducts groups and psycho-educational interventions.
License may be temporary, provisional, or permanent. "License eligible" if able to obtain within a reasonable time (i.e. relocation from another state)



Vacation - 15 days each year up to 5 years of service; 18 days each year from 5-10 years of service; 21 days each year for 10 years of service

Sick Leave – accrual at a rate of 10 hours per month (15 days each year)

Holidays – the state of Georgia recognizes 12 paid holidays

Retirement - 401(k) with a matching employer contribution and a Defined Benefit Pension Plan

Available Insurance – Health; Dental; Vision; Legal; Disability; Life & Dependent Life

Flexible Spending Accounts - Healthcare & Childcare

Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer



Doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited college or university AND current Georgia license to practice psychology AND One year of experience at the lower level Psychologist 1 (HCP140) or equivalent. Note: License may be temporary, provisional, or permanent.



  • working with a population with severe / persistent mental illness
  • completing competency to stand trial evaluations
  • completing criminal responsibility evaluations
  • completing forensic violence risk assessments with the PCL-R and the HCR-20.
  • providing expert testimony in criminal forensic cases
  • providing group and individual therapy