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DSHS WSH Psychologist- STAR Ward

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

DSHS WSH Psychologist 

Western State Hospital is seeking a psychologist to join the team of our Specialized Treatment Assessment and Recovery (STAR) Program, designed to treat the underlying causes of violence using evidence-based practices.  

The STAR Program consists of two wards:  The 10-patient STAR Ward treats the most violent of the hospital's civilly committed patients until they are stable enough to transfer to the 20-patient Step-up Ward.  The Step-up Ward continues providing targeted treatment to help patients successfully discharge to their home communities.  In addition to preparing Civil Commitment petitions and providing testimony as an expert witness, key components of the STAR Program psychologist's duties include providing advanced individual evaluations, using extensive cognitive, personality and other psycho-diagnostic instruments to assist in determining the underlying causes of their violent behaviors. The diagnostic information is used to identify the most appropriate evidence-based treatment activities to address the violent behavior.


A well-trained interdisciplinary staff in a therapeutic milieu provides the treatment protocols created. This exciting program presents an incredible opportunity for a psychologist who is clinically strong, has exceptional communication skills, enjoys working on an interdisciplinary team, and is interested in learning and using evidence-based practices to facilitate the recovery of patients with challenging behaviors. The ward requires someone who is highly skilled in working with volatile patients and is able to translate clinical knowledge into practical treatment interventions that can be applied consistently within the milieu environment.  Previous experience working in in-patient and forensic settings is preferred for this challenging position.

Some of what you'll do


  • Evaluations for civil commitment, conditional release, and less restrictive orders, establish a diagnosis and provide the court with petitions, affidavits, letters, or other required documentation.
  • Provide expert testimony in support of psycho-legal opinions regarding diagnosis, grounds for commitment, and placement readiness under direct and cross-examination, relying on established psychological principles, facts, and functional data.
  • Oversee a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program
  • Provide in-service training when needed, formal and informal psychological consultation

Who should apply

Licensed Psychologist, Ph.D. or Psy.D. from an American Psychological Association accredited university psychology department or professional school of psychology and possession of a license to practice psychology in the state of Washington is required.


Questions contact Recruiter Tracie Kidd at 360-628-7870 or email Tracie.Kidd@dshs.wa.gov 


xylophone 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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