DSHS BHA Forensic Psychologist

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS BHA Forensic Psychologist
 What inspired you to be a Psychologist? Make a difference. Work that matters.
 Work in a collegial environment and become an integral member of a dedicated team committed to competency restoration and serving people in need of competency restoration services in a safe, therapeutic environment.
 It is an ideal atmosphere to use and further develop your psychological expertise. You’ll begin your role by establishing a thorough understanding of the process of competency restoration and the importance of how the behavioral health treatment system and the criminal justice system overlap.
 You and your team will receive tremendous support from The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Office of Forensic Mental Health Services (OFMHS). You will be a leader in innovative work and standing up a newly licensed Residential Treatment Facility (RTF), the Fort Steilacoom Competency Restoration Program (FSCRP), a collaborative project with DSHS and the Office of the Court Monitor.
 We are nonprofit and motivated by the desire to serve our patients. Cases are frequently complex, requiring staff collaboration in a collegial team environment. Patient population diversity and variety of job assignments make work interesting.
 Receive a comprehensive medical benefits package, pension plan, and opportunities to grow and advance. Serve with a leader who stands up for you and all her employees. Much more offered, let’s talk. As business dictates, this position is eligible for 1 day a week of telework.

We also offer a bonus of $7,500. ($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
 Some of what you will do

  • Meet with patients regularly monitoring for barriers to competency
  • Communicate with the treatment team regarding competency restoration progress and assign groups to patients
  • Contribute to clarifying and improving Social Learning and Breaking Barriers Programming

We are looking for

  • A Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Ph.D.)
  • Licensed in Washington to practice psychology
  • Experience with Psychosocial Rehabilitation Model and application to inpatient psychiatric patients
  • Post-doctoral psychology experience; supervising other professional psychologists is preferred
  • Strong clinical and preferably forensic skills
  • Experience with psychometric testing, instruments used to assess feigning and response to psychosocial treatment
  • Demonstrated ability to form therapeutic relationships with people
  • Provide evidence-based psychosocial programming, conduct evidence-based group, and individual therapies
  • Apply principles of behavioral health recovery, develop effective treatment/behavioral plans, provide expert testimony
  • Establish collegial relationships with multidisciplinary treatment team members
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Certification

When applying, we ask that you please provide a Psychological Evaluation. This should include a referral source and question, the background of the patient/client, diagnostic formulation, and an opinion/recommendation section.

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 00779?   Contact Joshua.Shawhan@dshs.wa.gov.
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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