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Court Clinician 1 #00054476-23100, Full-Time, TERM in Santa Fe, NM

Opening Date: 11-14-2019 - Close Date: 11-27-2019

Job Pay Range: JJ/KK: $25.107 - $40.799

Target Pay Range/Rate: $25.107 - $31.384 per hour

The First Judicial District Court is accepting applications for a full-time, TERM Court Clinician 1 to work in the Mediation Division in Santa Fe, NM. SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Clinical Director 1 of Family Court Services in Mediation, conduct assessment of highly conflicted individuals and families involved in child custody disputes upon request of the judge and by court order. Conduct mediation/settlement facilitation, priority consultations, and advisory consultations. Assess developmental and psychological needs of children; draft parenting plans and treatment recommendation in the form of court orders. Manage assigned cases; coordinate with other state agencies and associated professionals and serve as an expert witness for the court pursuant to NMRA Section 11-706. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background check.


  • 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 advanced 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 as a Psychologist.
  • Experience: Three (3) years experience working with families and children in a clinical setting.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge: Knowledge in the following: crisis prevention and intervention techniques; advanced clinical assessment, clinical interviewing and counseling procedures, negotiation, and 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 services 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 Statutes, local rules, New Mexico Licensing Board rules and regulations for Psychology, Counseling and/or Social Work, and America Psychological Association (APA), guidelines and standards.
  • kill & Ability: Skill in accurately assessing: crisis situations quickly; mental health status of individuals; the psychological status of parties, the lethality of cases involving domestic violence and child abuse; threat of harm to self or 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; work with a culturally diverse population; work in stressful environments and/or hostile situations on a daily basis; and maintain confidentiality.
  • EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED Manage - Assigned cases; gather information review and analyze pertinent documents; make suggestions or recommendations on cases; coordinate with other state agencies, community providers, and associated professionals to provide services; draft and prepare parenting plans; prepare priority and/or advisory consultation reports and recommendations in the form of court orders for court approval; meet and confer with parties prior to court testimony; appear in court as an expert witness to provide testimony on the information gathered in family, children or civil court cases. Mediation - Conduct mediation and settlement facilitation on cases referred by the family court, children’s court, or civil court that involve disputes regarding child custody matters; conduct follow up mediation; assist parents developing parenting plans that are developmentally appropriate for the child(ren) regarding residency, child legal custody, and time-sharing; educate parents, regarding child development, and the impact that on-going family conflict has on child(ren). Priority/Advisory Consultation – Conduct Advisory Consultations, Priority Consultations; clinically assess the developmental and psychological needs and emotional functioning of children, parents and families; assess communication and parenting skills; assess cases involving domestic violence and child abuse; assess the needs of the child(ren) through information gathering, observation and/or interviewing; under the supervision of a clinical licensed psychologist administer, score, and interpret psychological testing and parenting measures, provide recommendations regarding time-sharing, residency, custody, or other issues determined by the court; and prepare for court testimony. Crisis Intervention and Consultation - Conduct crisis interventions and provide consultations as requested by the court; provide recommendations, alternatives and suggestions to the court; assess the lethality of cases involving domestic violence and child abuse. May - Under supervision, may administer, score and/or use psychological tests, such as the MMPI-2, MCMI-II and Rotter Incomplete Sentence psychological tests; conduct critical incident debriefing for jurors in criminal and civil cases; provide training and mentoring to clinical student interns; co-facilitate settlement agreements and other duties as assigned.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS The following functions are representative of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work is performed in an office, field, jail or court setting. The employee is expected to be punctual and to adhere to assigned work schedule. The employee must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients and the public; work under severe time constraints and meet multiple demands from several people. The work requires prolonged use of computers, repetitious hand, arm and finger motions as well as manual/finger dexterity. May also be required to move, pull, lift, and/or carry up to twenty five (25) pounds; work overtime and/or flexible hours, weekends, and holidays; and may be exposed to fluctuating outdoor and building temperatures. The employee may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time. The employee may be exposed to hostile or violent situations that may arise when dealing with individuals involved in court cases, disturbing or hazardous court exhibits and contagious health conditions. Travel may be required. A valid driver’s license may be required.
TO APPLY: A NM Judicial Branch Employment Application or a Resume and Resume Supplemental Form along with a copy of proof of education and License must be received by mail or hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2019 to:

Application forms:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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First Judicial District Court
Human Resource Office
225 Montezuma Ave
P.O. Box 2268
Santa Fe, NM 87504

For a job application and the Resume Supplemental Form visit the Judicial Branch website at: under Job Opportunities or call 505-455-8196.