DSHS CSTC Psychiatric Social Worker

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

DSHS’s Child Study and Treatment Center has a rare opportunity for a Psychiatric Social Worker 3 to serve as a team member of a clinical interdisciplinary inpatient team.  You will provide advanced psychiatric social work services to residents of one of the CSTC’s programs for ages 13-15.  You will act as a liaison and coordinator for the parents, guardians, community members, and treatment teams.


Applicants with expertise in any of those areas are encouraged to apply. Pierce County employees are eligible to receive an Orca Card for transportation needs. Opportunities performed on-site at this work location at least three days a week may be eligible for an additional 5% premium pay in addition to the advertised salary. Join us in Transforming Lives!
 Some of what you will do.

  • Coordinate admissions in collaboration with CLIP.
  • Complete intake interviews and biopsychosocial summaries for patients.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with multidisciplinary treatment team, regional MCOs, patients, families, community team members, and CSTC support staff.
  • As a case coordinator, provide case management for the duration of the patient’s treatment. 
  • Contribute to a multidisciplinary team for the review and completion of evidence-based Individual Treatment Plans.
  • Facilitate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) individual and family therapy sessions.
  • Educate and counsel patients and their families about behavioral health illnesses, teach behavior management and coping skills; and share information about available resources. 
  • Act as a liaison between the family, hospital, and community in coordinating treatment plan reviews and the discharge planning process. 

Who should apply?

  • Professionals with a master’s degree* in Social Work
  • Two years of experience in counseling or providing resources to people with behavioral health issues
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain an agency-affiliated counselor registration or higher credential.
  • *Degrees must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Work with youth and their families who have been in crisis.
  • Become proficient in gathering and synthesizing data for admission intakes and discharge plans.
  • A self-starter who is motivated, passionate, and dedicated to providing quality social work services in an inpatient setting    
  • Understanding of how various systems of care work together to increase patients’ successful coordination of care during treatment and at discharge    
  • Values collaboration to provide solutions and demonstrates excellent communication.

Want to know more about the Child Study and Treatment Center?  Click on the videos below to meet staff, take a tour, and explore your career.  To learn more about DSHS, go to www.dshs.wa.gov.
Patients live in one of four cottages determined by age, developmental level, and safety where they have individual bedrooms and a shared day area. Each cottage has its own kitchen and dining room. Admissions are due to forensic issues or CLIP referrals. Behavioral characteristics of Ketron youth will include impulsivity, oppositionality, physical and verbal aggression, suicidality, and in some cases an inability to manage basic self-care needs. The focus of the program is to provide extended psychiatric treatment to help youth develop the skills necessary for them to successfully return to their families and communities.   
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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 13641? Contact raoa@dshs.wa.gov 

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