DSHS SCC Psychologist 3-4

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

Psychologist 3-4 (in-training)
Target salary is $89,292 – $132,612 depending on the job classification level.

Do you enjoy providing meaningful assistance to those in need? Are you looking for a great opportunity to further your career in psychology? The Special Commitment Center (SCC) is seeking a Psychologist to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities and join our dedicated team on McNeil Island.
The Special Commitment Center is committed to providing evidence-based treatment to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
Whether you are an experienced clinician and supervisor, or just getting started in the field, we have a spot for you. This role allows the opportunity to gain experience as a clinician and supervisor with the support of other team leaders and program managers. Those who are not yet licensed can be hired as a Psychologist 3 with an in-training period that provides those with a doctorate degree the ability to acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve as a Treatment Team Lead and provide the opportunity to begin supervising clinicians, both administratively and clinically. During the in-training period, you’ll become familiarized with the SCC organization and be exposed to work within an evolving treatment program that focuses on evidence-based practices, research-based interventions, and approaches.
Successful completion of the formal training will result in advancement to the goal of Psychologist 4, once licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Washington has been obtained. If you are looking for career growth, and possess leadership qualities, this is an excellent career opportunity for you.
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Hiring Bonus
$7,500 bonus. ($2,500 post new employee orientation; $2,500 post-probation period; $2,500 after 1 year post-probation period). The bonus is prorated for part-time employment. Minimum 6-month break in service for returning employees to qualify for the bonus.
What We Offer: 
In addition to the benefits shown in the Benefits Tab, we also offer:

  • Remote work/flexible schedules once training is complete
  • Paid ferry transportation to and from Steilacoom and McNeil Island
  • Employees assigned to work on McNeil Island at the Special Commitment Center will receive $10.00 premium pay for each day they are physically working on the Island
  • A free Orca card for transportation use  
  • Regular opportunities for supervision, consultation, and training to increase your clinical expertise and explore areas of interest. This can include supervision toward various licensures including Certified Sex Offender Treatment Professional (CSOTP) and accrual of post-doctoral hours

Some of what you’ll do:

  • Provide direct consultation with residential staff, forensic staff, program area managers, medical staff, and other SCC staff who may provide necessary information for the treatment of residents
  • Clinical and administrative supervision of psychology associates
  • Develop and lead evidence-based treatment groups
  • Provide individualized 1:1 intervention to selected clients
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to resident treatment team meetings, conferences, or debriefs
  • Complete electronic documentation of individual treatment sessions, observation reports, incident reports, and other official documentation
  • Develop case conceptualizations for use in development and implement individualized treatment planning
  • Participate in depositions and, if required, testify as a fact-witness

Who we’re looking for 
Professionals with a Doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology, eligible for licensure in the state of Washington.


  • Experience planning and implementing individual and group interventions for individuals in a forensic, mental health, or correctional setting
  • Knowledge of sex offense-specific treatment outlined by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
  • Knowledge of treatment adaptation needs for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Interested? Please include with your application:
Current resume/CV
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. 

If you have questions about the application process, email Anthony Distefano, Recruiter, at distear@dshs.wa.gov and reference job number 00348
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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