We're hiring! Join Work at Western State Hospital (WSH) as a Psychologist in forensic psychology and community mental health. We're not for profit and do not bill hours.
In this job, you'll be responsible for providing assessment services (e.g., risk assessments, psychological/cognitive assessments) to clients within Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center (PTRC) at Western State Hospital.
Some of what you will do
Conduct Risk Assessments for HB1114 patients. Interview patients, consult with various parties regarding successful and competent completion of the risk assessment, submit RA to involved legal parties. Administer, score, interpret, and report results of psychological testing related to RA. Review court orders, petitions, affidavits, letters, and other documentation related to the RA, most notably discovery materials and criminal reporting database records. Facilitate test instruments related to forensic/violence risk. Provide professional opinion regarding diagnoses and placement/ treatment readiness relying on established psychological principles, facts, and functional data.
Perform evaluations for civil commitment, conditional release, and less restrictive orders; establish diagnoses, and provide the court with petitions, affidavits, letters, or other required documentation. Provide expert testimony in support of psycho-legal opinions regarding diagnoses, grounds for commitment, and placement readiness under direct and cross examination, relying on established psychological principles, facts, and functional data.
Provide psychological evaluations for patients in PTRC upon referral. This includes reviewing records, interviewing patients, consulting with treatment teams, choosing and administering scoring and interpreting appropriate psychological instruments. Produces written consultative reports that integrate medical, psychosocial, academic, vocational, observational and testing data in a manner that addresses the specific referral questions and provides logical recommendations. Formulates opinions objectively. Documents patient performance during the course of evaluation in the medical record. Provides verbal feedback of results to patient and treatment team as required.
Participates in Trainings/mentoring as appropriate, including supervision of pre- and post-doctoral interns (as appropriate). Attend In-Service and Continuing Education to improve and maintain knowledge and professional growth and development. Serve on hospital-wide committees as assigned. Attend discipline and unit staff meetings.
What we're looking for
Licensed Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD).
Licensed in Washington to practice psychology prior to employment is preferable or the ability to obtain a license within 6 months of employment.
Professional experience in community mental health or forensic psychology is preferable.
Experience with psychological rehabilitation model and its application to inpatient psychiatric patients is preferable.
Experience with psychometric testing particularly with instruments used to assess feigning and response to psychological treatment.
Demonstrated ability to form therapeutic relationships with people who have psychiatric disabilities.
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.
Hands-on inpatient, correctional or community mental health experience preferable.
Willingness to professionally defend a position they have taken.
Affable and broad-minded team member always interested in learning.
Salary depends on qualifications
Interested? Contact Ben Lloyd at or .gov_.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.
Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at . Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or .
Salary: $60,924.00 - $102,348.00 Annually
Location:* Pierce County Lakewood, WA
Job Type:* Full Time - Permanent
Department:* Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number:* 2018-09833
Closing: 11/18/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
Agency:* State of Washington
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