DSHS BHA Competency Restoration Therapist

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS ESH Psychology Associate

Are you looking to further your professional career in the field of behavioral health treatment? If you are ready to put your Master’s degree to work and gain valuable experience in an inpatient mental health setting where you have room to grow and learn, this is the ideal opportunity for you.
Join our team at Eastern State Hospital as a Psychology Associate working in our Forensic Competency Restoration Unit.   You’ll hone group facilitation skills and learn more about severe and persistent mental illness to gain valuable subject matter expertise with complex cases.
The Competency Restoration (CR) Therapist works with an Interdisciplinary team to provide a schedule of therapeutic groups that meet the needs of a diverse population. The CR Therapist facilitates daily group and individual therapy working with patients of a variety of diagnoses and presentations.  You will plan and implement restoration of competency to stand trial programs and participate in planning ward and unit programs.  We offer job stability, a meaningful career, and job satisfaction. This job belongs to the Psychology Associate job class

Some of what you’ll do:

  • Provide group and individual therapies aimed at restoring an individual’s competency to stand trial through evidence-based interventions. Treatment interventions target barriers to adjudicative competency including deficits in courtroom knowledge, capacity to communicate productively with an attorney, and capacity to make rational legal decisions. 
  • Provide insight-oriented, process, cognitive-behavioral, or dialectical group or individual active treatment to patients on the ward to address barriers to adjudicative competency.
  • Collaborate with the Active Treatment Manager, the treatment mall team, and group leaders to facilitate changes and improvements in the process and program.
  • Document patient progress toward treatment goals in a computerized system.  Make recommendations to treatment teams.
  • Work with other groups and committees as assigned to make recommendations for improvements to support program goals and objectives.
  • Participate in the coordination and planning of yearly and seasonal hospital-wide events and activities.

  Who should apply? 

  • Professionals with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Social Work, or Mental Health Counseling from an accredited school.
  • A passion for working with people with severe and persistent behavioral health issues
  • Ability to see value in small successes.  
  • Ability to be creative, flexible, and innovative in group development and implementation. 

How to apply?

Along with your application, please attach the following:

  • Letter of interest (up to two pages) specifically addressing the education, knowledge, and competencies you have that will make you successful in this job.  
  • A current chronological resume.
  • Three or more references 

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 this opportunity? Please contact Chris.Pulley@dshs.wa.gov and reference job number 01281.

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