DSHS BHA Behavior Consultation Team Supervisor (Psychologist 4)

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS BHA Behavior Consultation Team Supervisor 

 Do you enjoy making meaningful contributions with positive impact?   Are you looking for a great opportunity to further your career in psychology while working to improve patient care and facilitate community reintegration? We are looking for a teammate who shares our vision to promote excellent forensic mental health care and community safety and our passion for systems improvement for better outcomes for our agency, our clients, and our community.
 The Behavior Consultation Team Supervisor at ESH/BHA assumes all operational leadership activities in the management of the Behavior Consultation Team (BCT) and works in collaboration with assigned supervisors in carrying out the established mission and vision and values of Eastern State Hospital (ESH) and the BCT.
This position would collaborate and work closely with treatment providers and support staff, hospital administration, community partners and supporting state agencies. The Behavior Consultation Team Supervisor provides direct supervision of three Institutional Counselors (IC) and consults directly with Human Resources regarding staffing issues. 
 Work is performed in a hybrid environment that includes telework and moderate to low-risk environment of a state psychiatric hospital situated within the serene beauty of historic Medical Lake. If you are ready to shine as a thoughtful, holistic leader and make your contribution to transforming mental health services in Washington State, we are excited to meet you!
 Join us today and help us on our mission to Transform Lives!
 Hiring Bonus
 $7,500 bonus. ($2,500 post new employee orientation; $2,500 post-probation period; $2,500 after 1-year post-probation period). Minimum 6-month break in service for returning employees to qualify for the bonus.
 What We Offer: 
 As an employee of the Department of Social and Health Services, your work-life balance is a priority.  Washington State employees are offered one of the most inclusive and competitive benefits packages in the nation.  Besides comprehensive family insurance for medical, dental, and vision, these perks also may include:

  • Remote/telework/flexible schedules 
  • Up to 25 paid vacation days a year
  • 8 hours of paid sick leave per month
  • 12 paid holidays a year
  • Generous retirement plan
  • Flex Spending Accounts
  • Dependent Care Assistance
  • Deferred Compensation

Work tasks include:

  • Participate in multidisciplinary treatment conferences ensuring each recommendation is complete, individualized, and on time, reporting, participating in case consultation meetings and Executive Leadership Team (ELT) meetings related to BCT
  • Safeguard the rights of patients and takes active steps to prevent patient abuse and neglect
  • Provides training for staff, monitors the fidelity of Evidenced-based practices, provides coaching, support, and mentorship to BCT staff and ward staff
  • Round the wards, meet with BCT patients’ treatment team and staff to discuss patient progress and identified areas of need, provide services to BCT patients
  • Collaborate with BCT Psychiatrist to ensure the team is working in sync with one another
  • Coordinate Functional Assessments of behavior and behavior intervention plan
  • Partners with stakeholders regarding employee training needs; identify internal and external training needs to address competency gaps
  • Develop and monitors behavioral management plans/recommendations communicates with the treatment team
  • Utilizes various verbal communication intervention techniques to reduce the need for possible restraint and seclusion
  • Request, attend, and participate in HR consults
  • Provide ongoing consultation to staff and patients regarding situational appropriate behavior management plans and practices
  • Responsible for hiring all BCT members in collaboration with other unit leaders and discipline managers
  • Develop, implement, and train staff on behavior modification plans

We are looking for: 

  • Professionals with a Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology licensed or license-eligible in the state of Washington.
  • Three years of post-doctoral psychology experience, including one year of experience supervising other professional psychologists

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated collaborative work experience and excellent leadership and relationship-building skills grounded in inclusiveness and respect
  •  Experience planning and implementing individual and group interventions for individuals in a forensic, mental health, or correctional setting
  • In-depth working knowledge of group behavior and dynamics demonstrated ability to assess behavioral needs and competence in the design of appropriate instructional strategies and educational programs 
  • Strong foundation in behavior analysis, understanding of behavior characteristics

Please include with your application:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume

To Apply: Complete our application and attach your resume.
  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?  Please contact chris.pulley@dshs.wa.gov and reference 17666.
  Employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of your vaccine status. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made.  

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