Department of State Hospitals - Coalinga


$7,819.00 - $10,303.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 9/4/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Psychologist applies psychological knowledge and techniques to the assessment and treatment of forensic patients, mostly sexual offenders detained or committed pursuant to California Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Act; conduct wide range of psychological assessments; facilitate psychotherapy groups and individual therapy; construct case formulations; develop and implement treatment plans; lead multidisciplinary treatment team conferences; write progress reports; assist in developing training programs for other staff; and serve as consultants.

Ability to provide accurate and complete reports and documentation in accordance with professional standards, hospital documentation polices, and State guidelines.

Ability to provide psychological assessments that are completed timely and address the required specificity of content.

**For more information regarding the duties for this particular classification, please refer to the Duty Statement attached to this bulletin**

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The employee is required to work any shift and schedule in a variety of settings throughout the hospital and may be required to work overtime and float to other work locations as determined by the operational needs of the hospital. All employees are required to have an annual health review and repeat health reviews whenever necessary to ascertain that they are free from symptoms indicating the presence of infection and are able to safely perform their essential job duties.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$7,819.00 - $10,303.00
Please note, the salary listed is the base of Range U to the maximum of Range V.
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Fresno County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

DSH-Coalinga opened in 2005 and began treating forensically committed patients, mostly of which are sexually violent predators. It is a self-contained psychiatric hospital constructed with a security perimeter. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) provides perimeter security as well as transportation of patients to outside medical services and court proceedings.

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Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a Drug Screening be passed prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) a Background Investigation be cleared prior to being hired.
  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
To be considered for this Job Opportunity, applicants must have permanent civil service status, be reachable on an employment list, have transfer eligibility, or have reinstatement eligibility.  


Please visit the CalHR website to find information on the Psychologist (Health Facility-Clinical-Safety) 
Exam (Exams scores must be posted before the Final Filing Date).

The Exam Bulletin is located on the CalCareer Website:

Please copy and paste the link into your web browser to access the Exam Bulletin. 

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 9/4/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of State Hospitals - Coalinga
Attn: Selection Services Unit
P.O. Box 5002
Coalinga, CA 93210-5002

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Selection Services Unit
24511 W. Jayne Ave
Coalinga, CA 93210-5002
07:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • School Transcripts
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Demonstrated ability to maintain professional therapeutic relationships with patients, to assist them with problem solving, and to teach/model principles of the norm of non-violence. Demonstrates good staff/patient boundaries and monitors and assists others to help them maintain theirs.

Adherence to Risk Need Responsivity (RNR) principles; Self-Regulation and Better Lives Integrated Models.  Knowledge of the SVP Act and the commitment process, wellness and recovery model, and conditional release placement processes. Demonstrates the ability to develop and implement behavioral guidelines, facilitate sex offender Psychoeducational and Process psychotherapy groups using cognitive behavioral principles, provide coaching on self-regulations techniques.

Please note, unofficial college transcripts are required when submitting your application.  The transcripts only need to contain information regarding your Doctoral program completion.


The State of California offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Details can be found on the California Department of Human Resources website:

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Joseph Tran
(559) 935-4393

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Susana Lopez
(559) 935-7215
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Lateral Transfer Candidates

Employees applying for the positon who wish to be considered on a transfer basis must meet the minimum qualifications for the classification per DPA Rule 250.  You may be required to provide copies of your Training and Development Assignment or Out of Class Experience verification (approved and documented in your departments Personnel Office)), college transcripts or a copy of your degree if applicable


This advertisement will be used for this and other vacancies that may occur during this posting and future Permanent/Full-time and/or Limited Term/Full-time vacancies that may occur at Department of State Hospitals - Coalinga

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.