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DSHS ESH Psychologist, Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA

Organization: Eastern State Hospital
Category: Psychologist
Location: Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Date Job Posted: October 9, 2021
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DSHS ESH Psychologist

Salary $110,760.00 Annually
Location Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Job Type Full Time - Permanent
Department Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number 2021-06945
Closing 10/31/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Eastern State Hospital, in Medical Lake, WA, has opportunities for Psychologists to join our highly dedicated team in our mission to Transform Live and to work closely with our Forensic Evaluators, courts, social workers, and medical team. Eastern State Hospital is a fully accredited, psychiatric inpatient, state-owned hospital with the Department of Social and Health Services.

Primary Priorities:

  • Provide individual and group psychotherapy to support patients’ treatment goals designed to empower patients, instill hope, and support self-discovery and independence; approximate caseload of 30 patients
  • Consult with treatment teams
  • Complete psychodiagnostic assessments along with supporting clinical documentation
  • Provide in-service training and clinical supervision of Psychology Associates (as needed)
  • Provide court required documentation and expert testimony (as needed)

We have opportunities in the specialized areas below:

Specialty #1: This ESH Psychologist serves the Geropsychiatric Unit providing specialized care to our geriatric patients. In addition, you will provide forensic evaluations to people assigned by the Involuntary Treatment Act. We will look to you to conduct neuropsychological evaluations, collaborate with the Habilitative Mental Health Treatment Ward Psychologist, and advise the GPU Administrative Director on matters pertinent to the overall treatment milieu.

Specialty #2: This ESH Psychologist serves the Forensic Services Unit, Competency Restoration Program. You will provide services to people who are being evaluated or treated for competency to stand trial. As a vital consultant to the Treatment Team, you will serve to help monitor, evaluate, and revise the CR Program in collaboration with the Behavioral Health leadership. This program may be audited to ensure compliance and adherence to the established CR Program curriculum and this will fall under your responsibility.

Who should apply

  • A Doctor of Psychology (Ph.D./Psy.D.) in clinical or forensic psychology from an accredited university;
  • Licensed or eligible to obtain a license in Washington to practice psychology by hire date; and
  • Experience with forensic populations and/or people with severe behavioral health issues or specialized training in working with geriatric patients and conducting neuropsychiatric assessments.

What makes Eastern an employer of choice for Psychologists

  • One of the biggest benefits unique about public service is that we are not driven by production; this allows our Psychologists the ability to truly focus on providing exceptional evidence-based care.
  • The clinical autonomy and encouragement from our leadership inspire our Psychologists to be innovative with a person-centered approach.
  • Excellent compensation package from Day One with outstanding family benefits, a generous retirement plan, and other incentives that we would love to discuss with you.
  • DSHS provides support staff and covers all operating expenses.
  • You will experience a quality work-life balance working Monday through Friday, with no on-call requirements.

The location

As Washington's second-largest city, Spokane presents the ideal place to live, work, play, and be a part of a community. Spokane is a progressive city with outgoing and friendly people. Outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the area's natural beauty and its four seasons. No matter if you love city life or nature, Spokane has it all.

A vibrant city, downtown Spokane is amongst the healthiest in the nation, exuding urban character and offering a top-notch quality of life, such as affordable cost of living, five ski resorts within 1.5 hours of downtown, dozens of lakes within an hour of downtown, and hundreds within 2 hours, five universities and lively arts, music, and theater scene.

Want to know more about Eastern State Hospital? Click on the videos below to meet staff, take a tour, and explore your career. To learn more about DSHS, go to

Interested or Questions? Please attach or send a resume or CV to Lindsey White at If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact Lindsey by email or phone (360) 890-5962.


Per Governor Inslees’ Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.

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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