DSHS WSH Forensic Psychologist

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS WSH Forensic Psychologist 

Are you looking for a meaningful career in forensics with room to grow, job stability, consultation opportunities, and a chance to work within a multidisciplinary team? If you have a passion to work with severely, behavioral ill patients, then we have a spot for you!  Check out Western State Hospital’s Center for Forensic Services (CFS), located on the historical Fort Steilacoom Campus and currently under expansion.  

Hiring Bonus
$7,500 bonus. ($2,500 post new employee orientation; $2,500 post-probation period; $2,500 after 1 year post-probation period). Bonus is prorated for part-time employment. Minimum 6 month break in service for returning employees to qualify for bonus. 
 
We are currently seeking motivated, enthusiastic candidates to work as Psychologists in either of two forensic programs under RCW 10.77 – Competency Restoration (Comp Rest) and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI).  Both programs are under review and evolving, so if you’re interested in systemic and programmatic improvements, challenges, and rewards, this is for you.
 
In either program, you will work with patients with complex, challenging, and diverse cases from a trauma-informed care approach.  As a multidisciplinary team member, you will be a team lead and consultant, ensuring the team’s use of evidence-based treatment modalities and behavior management strategies.
 
Outside of typical work duties, there are opportunities to enhance your professional development and leadership skills, teach various disciplines about psychological concepts, obtain free continuing education units, join committees, supervise students, and conduct research. There is much more offered, let’s talk.

  Some of what you will be doing (depending on program):

  • Therapeutically engage with patients
  • Consulting with the team and other stakeholders regarding patient care, practices, and procedure
  • Support non-clinical staff by providing psychoeducation and modeling appropriate leadership 
  • Complete assessments of violence and suicidal risk
  • Implement evidence-based treatment practices
  • Conduct psychological testing 
  • Provide court testimony (where applicable) 
  • Complete required documentation according to professional, hospital, and CMS standards 

Who should apply?
Professionals with a Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology and preferably two years of doctoral experience working in inpatient and or forensic settings with a severely behavioral ill population.  Individuals with formal training in evidence-based treatment modalities and/or forensic/psychological testing are preferred.  
 
In-training positions are available but you must be approved to take EPPP in WA state or have passed EPPP and applied for licensure in WA state.
 
  How to Apply:
  Completed applications will include:

  1. Resume/CV 
  2. Letter of interest 
  3. Three professional references with current contact information  

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values, and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism, and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.

Questions?  Contact Tracie Kidd via email at tracie.kidd@dshs.wa.gov and reference 00314.
 
 NOTE:
Per Governor Inslees’  Proclamation 21-14   (Download PDF reader)  state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.

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