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Registered Psychologist- Casual

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The position is a casual one, based on requests to my area from WCB, employers or other insurers looking for this type of assessment for their clients or employees. It is sometimes difficult to predict how many requests we will get ahead of time, but I can say we did 5 of these assessments during the last academic year, and have already had 4 requests since July 1st this year.

· In the past, I have hired the Registered Psychologist per assessment through an employee service contract, or contracted them as a business. If it works better for the individual to be contracted as a small business, that is fine.

· The assessment is typically requested to determine if the client has learning disabilities or other challenges that require accommodation if he or she is returning to school and/or work. The ultimate goal is usually work, but often there is a need for information regarding the client's ability to be successful in retraining as well as future employment. We usually combine the psycho-ed assessment with a vocational assessment that would include some career planning tools such as the MBTI and the Strong Interest Inventory. But I'm not necessarily expecting the same person would be qualified to do both psycho-educational and vocational assessments.

· Following are the tools my previous psychologist used, that met the needs of the clients: WAIS-1V, auditory processing and long-term retrieval tests from the Woodcock-Johnson III Normative Update Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ III NU) and Woodcock-Johnson III Normative Update Tests of Achievement (WJ III NU). Our previous psychologist also liked to include the Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory, The Self-Image Profile for Adults, Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory, the Larsen Anger Questionnaire, and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale. He also used the Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test, and Barkley's Current and Childhood Symptoms Scales for AD/HD-Self-Report Forms along with the Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale and the Barkley Functional Impairment Scale as well as the WJ-III Self-report Checklist: Adolescent/Adult.

· The clinician would need to bring their own tools for these assessments and will be compensated for the use of the tools.

· My area provides considerable support to the contracted psychologist including: confidential space to conduct assessments; administrative and clerical support, including someone to arrange client appointments based on the psychologist's availability; and easy access to myself and other supports as required.

 

Please contact Joan Patterson at joan.patterson@saskpolytech.ca


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