DSHS WSH Psychology Associates

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS WSH Psychology Associates
 Are you looking for a meaningful career in forensics with room to grow, job stability, consultation opportunities, and a chance to work within a multidisciplinary team? If you have a passion to work with severely, behavioral ill patients, then we have a spot for you!  Check out Western State Hospital’s Center for Forensic Services (CFS), located on the historical Fort Steilacoom Campus and currently under expansion.  
We are currently seeking motivated, enthusiastic candidates to work as Psychology Associates in either of two forensic programs under RCW 10.77 – Competency Restoration (Comp Rest) and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI).  Both programs are under review and evolving, so if you’re interested in systemic and programmatic improvements, challenges, and rewards, this is for you.
In this role, you will expand upon your current mental health and counseling knowledge by delving into complex, challenging, and diverse cases. You will be exposed to work within an evolving treatment program that focuses on evidence-based treatment modalities and behavior management strategies.
 Outside of typical work duties, there are opportunities to enhance your professional development and leadership skills, teach various disciplines about psychological concepts, obtain free continuing education units, join committees, and supervise students.  We also have a complete benefits package for employees who obtain permanent positions.

Hiring Bonus
$1,700 bonus. ($850 after probation period; $850 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 may be doing:

  • Design and implement group treatment interventions for competency restoration patients 
  • Provide individual and/or group treatment daily using evidence-based treatment modalities
  • Participate in ongoing literature review of current treatment interventions for use with severely mentally ill patients
  • Conduct psychological testing 
  • Complete assessments of violence and/or suicidal risk
  • Collaborate with colleagues to plan treatment in accordance with hospital and CMS guidelines
  • Document patient participation and progress
  • Attend and participate in monthly discipline-specific meetings
  • Provide court testimony (where applicable).

Who should apply?
  Professionals with a master’s or Doctoral degree in Psychology or related mental health field from an accredited school or department of psychology.
 How to Apply:
 Please fill out an online application and include:

  • A resume
  • Letter of interest
  • Three professional references with current contact information
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 00781? Contact Joshua.Shawhan@dshs.wa.gov

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