DSHS BHA Psychologist – Evaluator

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS BHA Psychologist – Evaluator
 DSHS’s Behavioral Health Administration is seeking a motivated psychologist to join our team as Evaluators as we pioneer services at the Former Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital in Tukwila! 
 We are hiring, dedicated professionals ready to join our team. 
The Psychologist Evaluator will conduct evaluations for civil commitment, conditional release, or less restrictive alternatives and provide the court with petitions, affidavits, letters, and other required documentation for civil commitment legal proceedings. They will also provide expert testimony under direct and cross examination in support of psycho-legal opinions regarding diagnosis, grounds for commitment, and placement readiness.
 The Psychologist Evaluator will also complete assessments of violence and suicide risk.  
Here is your opportunity to use your assessment skills to be part of a robust and compassionate team that promotes recovery principles and delivers patient-centered, trauma-informed care. This is an exciting opportunity for a meaningful career where you will have a chance every day to grow, enjoy the work you do, and help us in our mission of transforming lives together. 
King County employees receive 5% premium pay in addition to the advertised salary and are eligible to receive a free ORCA card for transportation use.

 Washington State is a great place to live with a wide variety of diverse communities and activities.
  Primary Priorities:

  • Provide evaluations and petitions for civil commitment.
  • Provide testimony at civil commitment hearings (generally onsite, although occasional off-site hearings may occur).
  • Conduct risk assessments and other psychological assessments as needed. 
  • Administering, scoring, interpreting, and reporting the results of psychological testing
  • Analyzing relevant data and facts to formulate opinions 
  • Submitting documents to the court
  • Preparing for and providing expert witness testimony regarding civil commitment evaluations or as requested or subpoenaed by the courts.

 Who should apply 

  • Professionals with a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of Psychology 
  • An active license to practice as a psychologist in the State of Washington or ability to obtain. 
  • Successful completion of a doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association.

What we are looking for:

  • Knowledge of   civil commitment evaluations and assessments of violence and suicidal risk.
  • Demonstrated competency in working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultural groups
  • Ability to effectively communicate with management peers, patients, and others in a psychiatric hospital or other residential settings
  • Forensic fellowship training or experience as a forensic evaluator and expert witness.

To Apply–

  1. Completed Application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
Questions about 11534?  Contact Joshua.Shawhan@dshs.wa.gov.

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