Psychiatric Social Worker 3 (Psw3)

State Of Washington Shelton , WA 98584

Posted 4 days ago


Psychiatric Social Worker 3

Permanent - Full-time

Washington Corrections Center (WCC)

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference? Do you have a track record of finding resources, networking and building relationships? If so, this is your opportunity to use your degree to serve Washington communities. The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker 3 at Washington Corrections Center.

Washington Corrections Center is located 35 miles west of Olympia, the state capitol. WCC is the Reception and Diagnostic Center, a close-custody facility with the primary responsibility to process, test, and classify all adult male felons sentenced to prison in Washington State. The facility has eight living units and houses 1,500 incarcerated individuals. There are about 600 incarcerated individuals screened and assessed each month. WCC is also the major hub for transfer of incarcerated individuals to and from facilities throughout the state.

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all incarcerated individuals can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.


The Psychiatric Social Worker is a critical link in the chain of professionals who help incarcerated individuals successfully transition into our communities. By developing a network of connections to community based programs, people and agencies, the Psychiatric Social Worker develops and coordinates discharge plans that ensure access to services for mentally ill or medically compromised individuals exiting prison.

One goal of the Department of Corrections is to reduce recidivism; Psychiatric Social Workers ready incarcerated individuals for release by providing linkage to housing, mental health services and residential or drug treatment programs. To prepare incarcerated individuals for discharge, the Psychiatric Social Worker holds individual and group counseling, and provides guidance and assistance intended to advance the social conditions of the patient in prison and in the community. This position may also assist the facility psychiatrist with scheduling.



Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or foreign equivalent AND two years providing professional casework or counseling experience with adult mentally or emotionally disturbed individuals.

Must possess a Washington State License (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) to practice independent social work or must obtain within 6 months of hire date.


Knowledge of Washington State Community Services and programs for mentally and emotionally ill, intellectually challenged, and medically fragile persons and their families.

The ideal candidate will also possess the following:

  • Proven ability to work with people in a manner that promotes cooperation and teamwork.

  • Ability to successfully create and maintain resource linkages.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications and related technologies.

  • Solid professional writing skills.

  • Strong ability to perform individual assessments.

  • Experience facilitating group sessions.

  • Willingness to work with sex offenders.

  • Demonstrated organization and time management skills.

Note: Each employee is expected to maintain and adhere to the continuing education requirements for the applicable professional credential. Each employee must adhere to legislation and/or law changes that may affect current licensure and/or registration requirements.

Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit


  • Provide a Letter of Interest, Resume, AND a minimum of three (3) professional references in the references section of your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates. Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being considered for this position.

Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.

  • Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work experience section of your application. Resumes will not replace the "Work Experience" section of your application. You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) Meet the minimum qualifications of the job, and 2) Back up your answers to the supplemental questions. Only complete applications will be considered.


  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will 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 position.

  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.

  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.

  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.

  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.

  • This position may be represented by a Union Shop.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.

  • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.

  • Promote inclusiveness.

  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.

  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email or call us at (360) 426-4433 extension 5267. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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Psychiatric Social Worker 3 (Psw3)

State Of Washington