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Psychologist 3 (Monroe Correctional Complex)

State of Washington Olympia, WA
  • Posted: 26 days ago
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JOB Psychologist 3Full-TimePermanentMonroe Correctional Complex (MCC)                                                             The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking several highly motivated and qualified individuals for full-time, permanent Psychologist 3 positions at Monroe Correctional Complex.   The Monroe Correctional Complex 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).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.This recruitment will remain open until position is filled.   EXAMPLE OF DUTIES Completes diagnostic mental health evaluation to lead to informed treatment planning and direct service, to include individual and group therapy assignment.Completes Mental Health Appraisals (MHA) and Updates (MHU) and Mental Health Treatment Plans. Treatment plans will be individualized and completed collaboratively with the individual, focusing on their goals and mental health symptoms.Serves as primary therapist to a caseload including more psychiatrically challenging individuals. Case Management services include collaboration with assigned Classification Counselors and Social Workers in the development of effective Reentry plans. Effectively communicates with other stakeholders as needed.Participates in meetings, performs document services including Offender Management Network Information (OMNI) system entries, and completes Suicide Risk Assessments to include any COA documentation (such as Mental Health Conditions of Confinement).Completes all tasks in a timely manner, according to policy, and reflecting current standards.Administratively and possibly clinically supervises Mental Health Staff to include monitoring attendance, conducting evaluations, holding supervisory conferences and reviewing work (including MHA/MHUs, Treatment Plans, and chart notes.)Instructs Suicide Prevention training, participates in Involuntary Antipsychotic Hearings rotations as chair/back-up chair or presenter, and serves as Mental Health Duty Officer as assigned.Responds to crises on the unit and facility-wide, and attends clinical care team meetings as needed.Serves as backup Psychologist 4 as needed to provide crisis coverage for unit and COA. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from an accredited school or department of Psychology whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Working knowledge of:Assessment instruments, including objective instruments, projective instruments, intelligence/achievement instruments and neuropsychological instruments.DSM-IV-TR diagnoses and their basic criteria.Various psychotherapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic modalities, cognitive/behavioral modalities and humanistic/existential modalities. The Psychologist 3:Is aware of professional, ethical guidelines for mental health professionals.Maintains professional boundaries and has expectations that supervisors, peers and subordinates do the same.Works with dedication and commitment.Maintains standards for professional behavior.Is honest and forthright.Maintains patient confidentiality and expects the same of all mental health professionals.Is able to build positive and constructive working relationships with supervisors, peers, subordinates and outside agencies.Recognizes when others need help/encouragement.Displays a positive attitude and optimism regarding occupation in correctional mental health.Is a team player and emphasizes the team approach to the provision of mental health services.Is able to communicate clearly both in writing and orally.Keeps supervisor and subordinates informed of changes and developments.Works diligently and effectively to mediate disputes and create workable solutions to identified problems in a timely manner.Responds to difficult, stressful or sensitive interpersonal situations involving staff or patients with empathy and in ways that minimize discord and maintain good working relationships.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:High degree of emotional maturity, self-control, and ability to keep situations in proper perspective.Experience supervising mental health clinicians and/or interns.Demonstrated high level of organization and sound judgment in working style e.g. gives thoughtful considerations before forming opinions.Experience working in a residential living unit.Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with peers, supervisors, and stakeholders e.g. is able to build a high level of trust and rapport with peers, supervisors, and administrators.Each employee is expected to maintain and adhere to the continuing education requirements for the applicable professional credential.  Each employee must adhere to legislation and/or law changes that may affect current licensure and/or registration requirements. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION Supplemental Information: 'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.' For additional information about the agency, please visit  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, 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, 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 or call 360-407-5742.  For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

State of Washington


Olympia, WA
98504 USA

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