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DSHS BHA Psychologist

at State of Washington

Pay: $81936 to $107532/year
$81936 - $107532
Posted: 11/15/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2632190

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Overall Job Objective


DSHS BHA Psychologist
What inspired you to be a Psychologist? Make a difference. Work that matters.

Work in a collegial environment and become an integral member of a dedicated team committed to competency restoration and serving people in need of competency restoration services in a safe, therapeutic environment.

It is an ideal atmosphere to use and further develop your psychological expertise. You'll begin your role by establishing a thorough understanding of the process of competency restoration and the importance of how the behavioral health treatment system and the criminal justice system overlap.

You and your team will receive tremendous support from The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), Office of Forensic Mental Health Services (OFMHS). You will be a leader in innovative work and standing up a newly licensed Residential Treatment Facility (RTF), the Fort Steilacoom Competency Restoration Program (FSCRP), a collaborative project with DSHS and the Office of the Court Monitor.

We are nonprofit and motivated by desire to serve our patients. Cases are frequently complex, requiring staff collaboration in a collegial team environment. Patient population diversity and variety of job assignments makes work interesting.

Receive a comprehensive medical benefits package, pension plan and opportunities to grow and advance. Serve with a leader who stands up for you and all her employees. Much more offered, let's talk.
Some of what you will do

  • Meet with patients regularly monitoring for barriers to competency
  • Communicate with the treatment team regarding competency restoration progress and assign groups to patients
  • Contribute to clarifying and improving Social Learning and Breaking Barriers Programming

We are looking for
  • A Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
  • Licensed or eligible to obtain a license in Washington to practice psychology
  • Experience with Psychosocial Rehabilitation Model and application to inpatient psychiatric patients
  • Post-doctoral psychology experience; supervising other professional psychologists is preferred
  • Strong clinical and preferably forensic skills
  • Experience with psychometric testing, instruments used to assess feigning and response to psychosocial treatment
  • Demonstrated ability forming therapeutic relationships with people
  • Provide evidence-based psychosocial programming, conduct evidence-based group and individual therapies
  • Apply principles of behavioral health recovery, develop effective treatment/behavioral plans, provide expert testimony
  • Establish collegial relationships with multidisciplinary treatment team members
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) / Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Certification

Questions contact the Recruiter, Surie Hughes 360-972-6206 or email  job #10771

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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