DSHS WSH Psychologist

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS WSH Civil Ward Psychologist
Join our dedicated team as a Psychologist at Western State Hospital (WSH).
This is an ideal environment to use your psychological expertise in evaluation and treatment to make an integral contribution towards safe and positive outcomes for staff and patients. Cases here are frequently complex and require staff to work as a team.    Diversity of patient population and the variety of job assignments keeps the work interesting. We are not for profit and are motivated by the desire to serve our patients.
Look forward to a collegial work environment and becoming an integral member of an essential team of Psychologists dedicated to promoting recovery and well-being in partnership with the people we serve. This is an opportunity to gain insight into and experience with severe mental illness and the recovery process at one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the United States.
Benefits include job security, comprehensive medical benefits package, pension plan, and opportunities for both lateral moves and advancement. You’ll also have the support of a manager who stands up for you and all her employees. There is much more offered, let’s talk.
Psychologists at Western State provide assessment, evaluation, treatment, consultation, program management, and clinical leadership.

Hiring Bonus and Incentives
$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.
Duties may include:

  • Provide psychological services and behavioral programing on a civil commitment ward.
  • Develop specific behavioral treatment programs, consulting with staff to ensure consistent approaches to patient care.
  • Provide clinical oversight of the ward program, individual and group therapy, treatment planning, assessment and training of staff.
  • Provide psychological and risk evaluations.
  • Attend and participate in treatment team, psychology department, and other collaborative meetings.
  • Participate in forensic work including conducting evaluations for civil commitment, conditional release, and less restrictive orders, establishing diagnoses, and providing the court with expert testimony and written petitions, affidavits, letters or other required documentation.

 What we’re looking for:

  • A Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD).
  • Licensed in Washington to practice psychology (to be hired as a Psychologist 4). Unlicensed candidates with doctoral degrees are eligible for hire in this position as a Psychologist 3.
  • Professional experience working with patients with severe mental illness, preferably in an in-patient setting.
  • Knowledge and experience using a variety of behavioral interventions is preferable.
  • Forensic experience is preferable.
  • Demonstrated ability to form therapeutic relationships with people who have psychiatric disabilities.
  • Ability to provide evidence based psychological programing, conduct evidenced based group and individual therapies, apply principles of mental illness recovery, develop effective treatment and behavior plans, provide expert testimony, and establish collegial relationships with multidisciplinary treatment team members.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Collegial, affable, and broad-minded team member open to learning and personal growth.

 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 00451? 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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