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DSHS BHA Institution Counselor

at State of Washington

Pay: $19.23 to $25.16/hour
$19.23 - $25.16
Posted: 9/19/2019
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 2441169

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Overall Job Objective


DSHS Institution Counselor 2

Join the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and make a positive impact within our community by becoming a mental health advocate and helping shape the future of forensic mental health services in Washington State.

The Office of Forensic Mental Health Services (OFMHS) is in the process of opening a 30 bed Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) to treat individuals needing competency restoration services in a safe and therapeutic environment. Being a new 24/7 facility, we have immediate openings for on-call opportunities. Details can be found in the supplemental questions.

As an Institution Counselor you are part of a multidisciplinary team who maintains a therapeutic environment through treatment interventions, monitoring patient's behavior and constant engagement. In your role, you'll contribute to our common goal of rehabilitating patients who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and have been ordered by a judge to receive competency restoration treatment. The value that you'll have goes beyond a onetime interaction and gives you the opportunity to have a lifelong impact to changing the lives of individuals who need it the most.

We are looking for team players who can stay calm and intervene therapeutically when tense situations occur, have a strong work ethic and consistently display good judgment.  In return, you'll receive an excellent benefit package that rivals any employer in Washington State, a challenging career and exciting chances to learn and grow.

Some of what you'll do

  • Therapeutically interact with and provide clear directions to patients regarding policies, protocols and procedures
  • Facilitate small, informal group sessions with patients
  • Use de-escalation techniques to assist individuals who may exhibit high risk behaviors
  • Generate accurate and timely documentation including patient progress and behavioral management reports, as well as, incident and shift reports
  • Assist in ordering and maintaining expendable supplies
  • Implement search procedures on patients and visitors

What we are looking for
  • A Bachelor's degree preferably involving major study in sociology or other social science and one year of social service or
  • Completion of two years of college, preferably with emphasis in one of the social sciences and two years of experience in mental health or social casework and one year of social service experience or
  • Experience in direct patient care in a mental health setting may substitute year-for year for the education.
  • Graduate training in behavioral social science may be substituted for experience
  • Must obtain and maintain an Agency Affiliated Counselor license from the Washington State Department of Health within 60 days of employment as a condition of employment. More information can be found here.
  • Must be able to obtain a Food Handler's permit within two weeks of employment. More information can be found here.

Feel free to contact the Recruiter Anette at or call (206) 305 9381 and mention 04630

Supplemental Information

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 and 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 (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


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