Look before you leap: jobs with San Andreas Regional Center
Look before you leap is good advice for all job seekers — including licensed Ph.D. clinical psychologists considering a job with San Andreas Regional Center located in northern California.
There are openings with San Andreas Regional Center: Two psychologist jobs are open as of Labor Day, 2015. One in Salinas and one in Watsonville, CA.
Back to basics: Are you a licensed California Ph.D. psychologist? Are you looking for a job?
Before you “leap” and take job as psychologist with San Andres Regional Center, consider the following:
Get in writing from your employer Executive Director Javier Zaldivar that staff (not you) will obtain current, up to date medical and educational records concerning prospective clients.
To do your work, which largely consists of writing psychological assessments of prospective clients applying under autism or intellectual disability, you need current up to date medical and school records. Having current records available for review assists you when testing clients and doing your psychological assessments.
Why does this matter?
DAY TO DAY RESPONSIBILITIES: If you don’t ahead of time get it in writing that San Andreas Regional Center staff and not you will get up to date medical and educational records — you may be asked to write assessment reports based strictly on the records available in the file. And those records can be quite old. And that can be a drag.
What does that mean?
If you went to any MD you’d expect them to make a diagnosis based on the most current, up to date information, correct? You want the most accurate diagnosis, right? Well, you as a licensed Ph.D. psychologist need current, up to date medical and school records on which to base your diagnosis and your recommendation whether the applicant is eligible for regional center services.
As licensed Ph.D. psychologists are mandated to meet American Psychological Association ethical standards (code 9.0), it’s important that regional center staff obtain current, up to date school and medical records which will allow you to meet your legal and ethical duties.
WILL THIS JOB CHALLENGE YOU TO GROW? See separate posts on whether a job as psychologist with San Andreas Regional Center will allow you to build your skills. During the interview, be sure to ask about career paths and how psychologists assist the agency in general ways.
For example, how to psychologists contribute to the goals and objectives of the agency as set by the Executive Team for San Andreas Regional Center? The Director in charge of the Executive Team is Javier Zaldivar. He has offices at Campbell 408 341 3476 and Gilroy 408 8462028.
San Andreas Regional Center describes itself as a community based, private non-profit corporation funded by the state of Calfornia. It is one of 24 organizations in California which provide services to persons with disabilities including those with autism, intellectual disability and those who require treatment/ services similar to persons with intellectual disability.