DSHS ESH Psychologist

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

Eastern State Hospital, in Medical Lake, WA, has opportunities for Psychologists to join our highly dedicated team in our mission to Transform Live and to work closely with our Forensic Evaluators, courts, social workers, and medical team. Eastern State Hospital is a fully accredited, psychiatric inpatient, state-owned hospital with the Department of Social and Health Services.

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.
Primary Priorities:

  • Provide individual and group psychotherapy to support patients’ treatment goals designed to empower patients, instill hope, and support self-discovery and independence; approximate caseload of 30 patients
  • Consult with treatment teams
  • Complete psychodiagnostic assessments along with supporting clinical documentation
  • Provide in-service training and clinical supervision of Psychology Associates (as needed)
  • Provide court required documentation and expert testimony (as needed)

We have opportunities in the specialized areas below:
Specialty #1:  This ESH Psychologist serves the Geropsychiatric Unit providing specialized care to our geriatric patients. In addition, you will provide forensic evaluations to people assigned by the Involuntary Treatment Act. We will look to you to conduct neuropsychological evaluations, collaborate with the Habilitative Mental Health Treatment Ward Psychologist, and advise the GPU Administrative Director on matters pertinent to the overall treatment milieu.
Specialty #2
:  This ESH Psychologist serves the Forensic Services Unit, Competency Restoration Program. You will provide services to people who are being evaluated or treated for competency to stand trial. As a vital consultant to the Treatment Team, you will serve to help monitor, evaluate, and revise the CR Program in collaboration with the Behavioral Health leadership. This program may be audited to ensure compliance and adherence to the established CR Program curriculum and this will fall under your responsibility.
Who should apply

  • A Doctor of Psychology (Ph.D./Psy.D.) in clinical or forensic psychology from an accredited university;
  • Licensed or eligible to obtain a license in Washington to practice psychology by hire date; and
  • Experience with forensic populations and/or people with severe behavioral health issues or specialized training in working with geriatric patients and conducting neuropsychiatric assessments.

What makes Eastern an employer of choice for Psychologists

  • One of the biggest benefits unique about public service is that we are not driven by production; this allows our Psychologists the ability to truly focus on providing exceptional evidence-based care.
  • The clinical autonomy and encouragement from our leadership inspire our Psychologists to be innovative with a person-centered approach.
  • Excellent compensation package from Day One with outstanding family benefits, a generous retirement plan, and other incentives that we would love to discuss with you.
  • DSHS provides support staff and covers all operating expenses.
  • You will experience a quality work-life balance working Monday through Friday, with no on-call requirements.

The location
As Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane presents the ideal place to live, work, play, and be a part of a community. Spokane is a progressive city with outgoing and friendly people. Outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the area’s natural beauty and its four seasons. No matter if you love city life or nature, Spokane has it all.
A vibrant city, downtown Spokane is amongst the healthiest in the nation, exuding urban character and offering a top-notch quality of life, such as affordable cost of living, five ski resorts within 1.5 hours of downtown, dozens of lakes within an hour of downtown, and hundreds within 2 hours, five universities and lively arts, music, and theater scene.
Want to know more about Eastern State Hospital? Click on the videos below to meet staff, take a tour, and explore your career.  To learn more about DSHS, go to www.dshs.wa.gov.


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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.

Interested or Questions?  Please attach or send a resume or CV to Jourdan Kovacs at Jourdan.Kovacs@dshs.wa.gov. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact Jourdan by email or phone (360) 995-2275 and reference 10244.  

NOTE: Per Governor Inslee’s  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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