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Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (MCC, Monroe)

at State of Washington

Posted: 10/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2556844
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Sex Offender Treatment Specialist
Full Time – Permanent
Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC)

This recruitment will remain open until position is filled.  First review of applicants will take place on September 5, 2019.

The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to fill one permanent position as a Sex Offender Treatment Specialist at Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) in Monroe, Washington.
 
MCC is a 2500 bed male all-custody level facility located 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Employing approximately 1200 staff, the complex consists of five major units; the Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU), Special Offender Unit (SOU), a large mental health inpatient treatment unit, Twin Rivers Unit (TRU), Intensive Management Unit (IMU), and the Minimum Security Unit (MSU).
 
Besides housing general population offenders the complex provides three major services for Washington's correctional system: housing and treatment for acutely mentally ill offenders; housing and treatment for sex offenders; and primary referral and treatment center for complex health-related issues.
 
Services provided at MCC also include classification, education, offender work programs, food service, maintenance, personnel, recreation, volunteer services, religious services, library services, offender records, visiting and extended family visiting.
 
Department of Corrections (DOC), as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington 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 offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.
 

Duties

  • Treats an assigned caseload of adult male sex offenders. Facilitates group and individual therapy sessions for 12-15 assigned group members. Completes documentation to include agency approved assessment (at intake and discharge), Initial Treatment plans, group/individual contact notes and a comprehensive Treatment Summary for external distribution. Additionally, some clients may require treatment summary addendums and/or additional documentation.  Ensures clients have notified and invited appropriate support persons to the Family Support Seminar event. Meets with client support persons to educate and answer questions.
  • Assesses and completes documentation on an assigned caseload of adult male sex offenders. Completes the intake using the agency approved risk/needs assessment and completes an Individual Treatment Plan for each client. Facilitates behavioral change in offenders, conducts specialty groups, and liaises with Risk Management Staff to assist transition of sex offenders. Presents case load information to committees related to offender planning, risk management issues, and transition.
  • Participates in staff meetings and supervision. Staff training weekly; weekly supervision (group and individual) with assigned SOT Supervisor and/or the SOT Program Manager; collaborates with mental health providers, custody, living unit, and stakeholders regarding dynamic risk and the management of assigned sex offender clients. Other trainings/meetings as scheduled.
  • Works with appropriate stakeholders regarding the management of sex offender clients. Works directly with guardians, victim advocates regarding the management of sex offenders. Serves as an active member of the transition process identifying offender risk, development of management techniques and strategies. Delivers testimony as required to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. Provides dispositions and testimony as legally required. Provides training and workshops to external agencies as directed.

Qualifications

Required:
 
A Bachelor's degree in a social or behavioral science from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.
 
AND
 
One (1) year of experience providing individual or group therapy to juvenile or adult offenders, the mentally ill, or sex offenders, which includes six (6) months of work experience providing mental health treatment and/or therapy to groups OR three (3) years of mental health, criminal justice or social service experience which shall include six months of experience providing mental health treatment to groups.
 
NOTE: A Master's degree in a social or behavioral science from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U S Department of Education, or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or foreign equivalent, may be substituted for the one (1) year work experience providing individual or group treatment and/or therapy to juvenile or adult offenders, mentally ill, or sex offenders, and/or the three (3) years working experience in mental health, criminal justice, or social services, but does not remove the requirement for the six (6) months of experience providing mental health treatment and/or therapy to groups. For incumbents with a qualifying Master's degree, the requirement for the six (6) months of experience providing mental health treatment and/or therapy to groups may be obtained within nine (9) months of hire.
 
Additional clarification: Work experience in mental health treatment and/or therapy to "groups" may be defined as, "group experience where responsibilities have included mental health treatment and/or therapy planning, mental health program implementation and/or direct delivery of client mental health services. This work experience may also be obtained during master's degree program internships."
 
Preferred/Desired:
 
Experience conducting cognitive/behavioral, psychotherapy within a correctional institution for adult male sexual offenders. BA or above in an academic area related to psychology and/or psychotherapy. Schooled in the delivery of cognitive-behavioral treatments and/or therapy. Able to communicate effectively to change behavior and to overcome emotional barriers. Experienced at using tact and diplomacy to minimize conflicts.
 
NOTE: If selected, as a condition of your continued employment, you are required to provide an official transcript to the Human Resources office confirming your degree within 30 days of appointment.  In addition, you must apply for an Agency Affiliated Counselor registration within seven (7) days of employment and obtain status as an Agency Affiliated Counselor through the Washington Department of Health or possess a Certified Counselor credential within 60 days of hire.  Licensing as a psychologist, social worker, or mental health counselor may be substituted for the Affiliated Counselor registration.
 
Veterans Preference Points Qualification
 
In order to be eligible to receive Veterans Preference Points, as noted in the Agency Wide Questions, you will need to attach a legible copy of your DD214, Member 4 form, to your application OR email a copy to  ahhara@doc1.wa.gov by close of the job posting. If this information is not received by the closing date - no additional points will be applied to your final examination score.

Supplemental Information

"The mission of DOC is to improve public safety."
 
For additional information about the agency, please visit doc.wa.gov.
 
IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with 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. Phone number AND email address are required for all professional references.
 
  • 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, genders, sexual orientations, 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 ahhara@doc1.wa.gov or call us at 360-794-2807.  For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.