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DSHS ESH Psychology Associate, Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA

Organization: Eastern State Hospital
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Date Job Posted: October 9, 2021
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DSHS ESH Psychology Associate

Salary $61,224.00 - $80,292.00 Annually
Location Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Job Type Full Time - Permanent
Department Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number 2021-11034
Closing 10/31/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Eastern State Hospital is expanding! Come join our team.

Are you looking to further your professional career in the field of Psychology? If you are ready to put your graduate degree to work and gain valuable experience in an inpatient behavioral health setting where you have room to grow and learn, this is the ideal opportunity for you!

Join our team at Eastern State Hospital as a Psychology Associate providing competency restoration classes to people who have been admitted and found not competent for trial by the courts. You will provide evidence-based psychotherapy and psychoeducation and administer psychological testing as needed under the supervision of the ward psychologist. Although temporary, these non-perm appointments are expected to last 12 months, with a possibility of extension.

Some of what you will do

  • Provide diagnostic assessment of those admitted for restoration in order to assess cognitive and social functioning, as well as suitability for group participation
  • In consultation with the ward psychologist, collaborate with the interdisciplinary treatment team regarding the competency status of patients
  • Adhere to program curriculum while tailoring each group to the specific needs of patients
  • Meet with patients individually to review group curriculum which may not be appropriate in a group setting
  • Provide timely clinical documentation
  • May provide expert witness testimony

Our Psychology Department seeks those who are committed to being supportive patient advocates. You will need to be comfortable adjusting to frequent organizational change, able to manage multiple tasks, and skillful in finding creative solutions to invigorate hospital initiatives that help empower patients. You should have strong communication skills with a demonstrable ability to conduct group psychotherapy.

Those with a graduate degree (Masters/Doctorate) in Psychology should apply

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience working in a medical or behavioral health-related field
  • Clinical experience in corrections, forensic psychology, residential inpatient care
  • Experience facilitating psychoeducational groups and/or group psychotherapy
  • Experience conducting psychological assessments

Questions? Contact and please reference #11034

NOTE: 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.

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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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