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Psychology Associate

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: May 24, 2023

Job Description:

Psychology Associate Full Time, Permanent Bargaining Unit: Teamsters 117 Location: Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (Connell, WA) The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the role of Psychology Associate for the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center (CRCC) located in Connell, WA. This is a full-time position, Monday-Friday with a day shift schedule. The Psychology Associate position plays a key role in providing access to mental health services for incarcerated individuals. This position improves public safety by assisting in the implementation of evidence-based Mental Health therapies and services to incarcerated patients; both those that will be released in the future and those who will remain incarcerated. A completed application packet will include: A detailed resume A cover letter Three professional references Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible. Screens incoming individuals for mental health conditions and symptoms and uses clinical judgment Refers to DOC Policy and established protocols to assign case priority and determine level of care. Conducts clinical interviews of identified/assigned patients for the purpose of obtaining background information, current level of functioning, assessing signs and symptoms of mental illness, determining provisional diagnoses, and evaluating treatment needs. Obtains collateral and/or historical information about individual Psycho-diagnostic testing of patients. Uses clinical judgment and the DSM5 to formulate diagnoses for assigned patients and thoroughly documents the basis for those diagnoses. Provides clinical mental health therapy 1 on 1 and in groups. Works collaboratively with psychiatry staff to aid in the management of patient therapy and medications. Works as part of a team with all health services disciplines (medical, nursing, dental, etc.) to manage/provide good quality patient care. Provides crisis response and assessment for incarcerated individuals. Required Qualifications: Washington State Mental Health Counselor License or eligible to apply and obtain Agency Affiliated Registration within 60 days of appointment. Master's degree in Psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), AND one year of supervised work experience providing individual or group therapy to individuals with mental illness. Alternative Educational Requirement: Master's or Doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy, behavioral sciences, mental health counseling, or social work from an accredited graduate school whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), AND two years of supervised work experience providing psychological services in a mental health facility or like agency. Must obtain status as an Agency Affiliated Counselor through the Washington DOH OR possess a Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Social Worker license from the State of Washington. Knowledge of DSM-5 diagnoses and their basic criteria. Knowledge of various psychotherapeutic modalities including cognitive/behavioral modalities. Each employee is expected to maintain and adhere to the continuing education requirements for the applicable professional credential. Each employee must adhere to the legislation and/or law changes that may affect current licensure and/or registration requirements. An agency affiliated counselor may only provide counseling services as part of his/her employment for a recognized agency. Applicants for agency affiliated counselor credential who apply within 7 days of employment may provide services within the agency for up to 60 days while the Department of Health processes your application. Preferred Qualifications: Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology or Master's degree in psychology and two years of supervised, post Master's degree experience. At least one year of experience working independently and effectively to develop to provide individual and group therapies. Experience linking clients with resources within institutions and/or community. Experience working in a collaborative fashion as part of the multidisciplinary treatment team. Official Washington State Licensure as a Mental Health Clinician. Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application: The Department of Corrections defines a professional reference 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. What we offer: As an employee of the Department of Corrections, your work-life integration is a priority. Washington State employees are offered one of the most inclusive and competitive benefits packages in the nation. Besides comprehensive family insurance for medical, dental, and vision, these perks also may include: Remote/telework/flexible schedules (depending on position) Up to 25 paid vacations days a year 8 hours of paid sick leave per month 12 paid holidays a year Generous retirement plan Flex Spending Accounts Dependent Care Assistance Deferred Compensation and so much more! Salary is based on steps A-M. Step M is normally a longevity step. Additional Information: The mission of DOC is to improve public safety. For additional information about the agency, please visit doc.wa.gov. A background check including criminal record history will be conducted prior to a new hire. 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. 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 of the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results. If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment. Requires respirator medical evaluation questionnaire, fit testing, training, and use of respiratory protection as required by the WA Industrial Safety & Act standards. Refer to WAC 296-842 to learn more. Our Mission: To improve public safety by positively changing lives. Our Vision: Working together for safer communities. Our Commitment: To operate a safe and humane corrections system and partner with others to transform lives for a better Washington. Our Core Values: Cultivate an environment of integrity and trust: Corrections values partnership and trust. We foster openness and support courageous conversations. We are committed to doing what we say we are going to do by being accountable and taking personal ownership in our actions. Respectful and inclusive interactions: Corrections appreciates and values individuals by promoting an inclusive and diverse environment, which encourages safety. We respect, value, and listen to the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of our stakeholders and consider the impact on those we serve as well as each other. People's safety: Corrections believes in creating an environment that values physical, mental, and emotional security and well-being. We honor those who advance safety for all. Positivity in words and actions: At Corrections, we assume positive intentions and believe there is a shared desire for the best outcome. We consistently demonstrate positive behavior and always put forth our best effort. Supporting people's success: Corrections is committed to our community - understanding individuals, instilling hope, embracing change, and providing opportunities. We are committed to hiring individuals who possess the following 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, lifestyle preferences 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 diversity, age . click apply for full job details

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