Psychology Associate II

Department of Juvenile Corrections
2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.

Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections



Psychology Associate II Grade 19

PSA II - Hiring Range: $49,350.00 – $59,812.00

Adobe Mountain School

2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Road

Phoenix, AZ 85027




The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) enhances public protection by changing the delinquent thinking and behaviors of juvenile offenders committed to the Department.


We are seeking a Psychology Associate II to work under the direction of a clinical psychologist at our Adobe Mountain School.  This position is responsible for providing mental health treatment to juveniles to include individual, group and family counseling, assessments, diagnostic testing, individual treatment plan development, crisis intervention and clinical assessments, and discharge planning.

Responsibilities include:

- Provides direction and/or intervention relative to various crisis situations including attempted suicides, violence, and prepares psychological evaluations based on interviews, test results, consultation, and file reviews

- Attends staff meetings

- Assures proper clinical documentation of all direct services to juveniles

- Performs other duties as assigned



Knowledge of:

- Psychological testing in the areas of administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing,       includes intelligence, aptitude, interest and personality, and projective tests

- Methods, techniques, and procedures of psychological counseling and therapy 

- Research methods and statistics, and research design


Skill in:

- Written and verbal written communication

- Case management and interpersonal relations

- Computer systems to include but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.)


Ability to: 

- Write effective summaries and reports of professional quality

- Perform counseling and therapy

- Establishing and maintaining work relationships

- Learn agency mission, goals, and objectives

- Learn and apply agency policy and procedures

- Manage stressful situations

- Work closely with adjudicated youth

- Work in a correctional environment



Psychology Associate I:  Master’s degree or two years of full-time graduate work toward a doctoral degree in psychology, educational psychology, counseling psychology or other recognized area of psychology appropriate to the assignment from an accredited college or university


Psychology Associate II: Master’s Degree or two years full-time graduate work towards a Doctoral Degree. Current, active Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) license to engage in the practice of behavioral health in the State of Arizona (See Arizona Revised Statute §32-3271-4); either:


- Independent Practice Licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); Professional Counselor (LPC); Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT); Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC); or

- Licensure with Practice Limitations as a Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW); Master Social Worker (LMSW); Associate Counselor (LAC); Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (LAMFT); Substance Abuse Technician (LSAT); Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC).


AZBBHE licensure is a condition of continued employment.


Also requires possession of, and ability to retain a current valid Arizona driver’s license.  Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license records checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).



Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation and drug test.



Preferred candidate will have one or more of the following: 

- Two years specialty treatment experience with juveniles or young adults in one or more of the following disciplines:  Residential Substance Abuse Treatment; Sexual Behavior Treatment; Mental Health Treatment; Severe Conduct Disorder Treatment.

- Two years practice, post Master’s Degree/Doctoral Degree, in behavioral health.

- Two years independent practice, post Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) licensure, in behavioral health.



We are committed to providing members the highest quality service, choice, and value for all of your benefit needs including medical, dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability insurances, as well as, the added features of wellness and flexible spending accounts.  Additional benefits include:

- 13 paid vacation days per year                             - 12 sick leave days per year

- Deferred compensation plan                                 - 10 paid holidays per year

- Retirement system



Positions in this classification participate in the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (C.O.R.P)


Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources Office at (602) 364-1023. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.