DSHS WSH Psychiatric Social Worker

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS WSH Psychiatric Social Worker 3 –Gage Forensic Center
 Western State Hospital (WSH) is currently seeking  Psychiatric Social Workers to join our team. You’ll have an opportunity to collaborate with a multitude of disciplines such as nursing, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and community members to support people experiencing behavioral health issues.
 In this role you will provide innovative services, performing psychiatric social work, case management, group therapy, individual therapy and collaborative work with the legal system including the creation of services linkages and some discharge planning for our specialized patient population.
 Some of what you’ll do:

  • Work within a multidisciplinary team
  • Work to coordinate interventions to reduce or eliminate barriers a person’s competency to stand trial.
  • Identify specific risks and work to mitigate those risks in an effort towards patient recovery and to successfully transition patients back into the appropriate community setting
  • Advocate on behalf of patients and work closely with home and community services, Department of Correction, BHO/MCO/ASO, DDA, HCA, and other community stakeholders
  • Educate and counsel patients and their families about behavioral health issues, diagnoses, and prognoses
  • Provide evidence-based psychotherapy /psycho educational treatment in individual and group settings
  • Complete initial and ongoing documentation, such as discharge paperwork, psychosocial assessments, progress notes, and formulation of evidence-based treatment plans
  • Present at appropriate hospital case consults, participate in legal hearings, and complete specific documentation packets for PSRP review
  • Submit referral for guardianship and facilitate/assist with durable powers of attorney and advanced directives.

 We are looking for professionals who demonstrate:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with multi/inter-disciplinary treatment teams to formulate individualized treatment goals, assess patient progress towards recovery, and assist with discharge readiness endeavors
  • Ability to self-motivate and manage inconsistency in workloads; meet expectations and timelines around quality documentation
  • Skill in multi-tasking within a fast-paced environment based upon most pressing needs
  • Exceptional ability to form therapeutic relationships with people experiencing mental or emotional health issues; exceptional de-escalation skills
  • Ability to provide evidenced-based psychological treatment; understand and apply principles of behavioral health recovery.

 Who should apply?

  • Professionals with a Master’s degree in social work and 2 years of experience counseling people experiencing behavioral health issues
  • Possess or ability to obtain an agency affiliated counselor registration
  • An independent clinical social work license is preferred.

To Apply–

  1. Completed Application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter

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 about 06349? Contact Joshua.Shawhan@dshs.wa.gov.

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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