SUMMARY OF POSITION: Under direction, and by court order, independently manage cases, conduct assessments of highly conflicted individuals and families involved in child custody disputes and provide recommendations/suggestions to the court, consult and mediate with conflicted parents and families; develop and prepare parenting plans for court approval, assess emergency situations, provide services on an on-call basis as needed, and serve as an expert witness for the court pursuant to NMRA Section 11-706.
KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of crisis prevention and intervention techniques; advanced clinical assessment, clinical interviewing, and counseling procedures, negotiation, mediation and facilitation techniques and procedures; NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board ethical standards; clinical interviewing; child development; psychopathology; family systems theory and therapy; substance abuse; domestic violence and child abuse; child protective service procedures; cultural diversity; assessment, treatment planning; community resources; family court guidelines; psychological testing procedures; rules of civil procedure as related to family cases; New Mexico State Statues, local rules, New Mexico Licensing Board rules and regulations for Psychology, Counseling and/or Social Work, and America Psychological Association (APA), guidelines and standards.
SKILL & ABILITY: Skill in accurately assessing: crisis situations quickly, the psychological and mental health status of individuals, the lethality of cases involving domestic violence and child abuse, threat of harm to self and others; identifying the need for community based services; and the best interest of children as it relates to custody and time-sharing, and treatment needs. Ability to work with individuals who are in high conflict; work with individuals who may have psychological disorders; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; engage in a professional manner with judicial and legal staff, judges and other agencies and community providers; identify needs for community based services, work with a culturally diverse population; work in stressful environments and/or hostile situations on a daily basis; and maintain confidentiality.
A COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION CAN BE FOUND AT www.nmcourts.gov
Education: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or other mental health related field; 40 hours of basic mediation training (or to be completed within six months from the date of hire), and 20 hours of family mediation training (or to be completed within the first year from date of hire).
EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: None.
Licensure: Must possess and maintain license to practice in the State of New Mexico as a Licensed Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or licensed Clinical or Counseling Psychologist.
Experience: Five (5) years’ experience working with families and children in a clinical setting, of which three (3) years must have been in family related issues, mediation, or evaluation of child custody cases.
EXPERIENCE SUBSTITUTION: A licensed PhD in Psychology, Counseling or other mental health related field may substitute for two (2) years of experience.
Other: Completion of a post-offer background check may be required. Completion of state Defensive Driving Training and valid New Mexico driver’s license may be required.
Internal Number: 00000515 & 00027951
About SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT
The Second Judicial District Court, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the largest general jurisdiction court in the State of New Mexico. It handles criminal cases, domestic cases, juvenile cases, probate cases, and civil cases.
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