DSHS WSH Psychology Services Supervisor

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

We’re looking to hire a non-permanent Psychology Services Supervisor at Western State Hospital (WSH), a state inpatient psychiatric facility in Lakewood, Washington. The position will be serving the Civil Center of Excellence at WSH. Our staff members provide direct care, assessment, and evidence-based individual/group psychological therapies to adults with severe psychiatric conditions. Most of our patient population is admitted to the hospital under the Involuntary Treatment Act. This is an exciting opportunity for a meaningful career where you have the ability to grow, enjoy the work you do, and Transform Lives.


As a Psychology Services Supervisor, you will supervise a staff of 14 Psychologist positions, 10 Master’s level Psychology Associates, 3 Institutional Counselors 3 therapists. You will supervise psychologists who conduct psycholegal / court work, completing court petitions for involuntary commitment and providing expert witness testimonies. You will provide direction for the implementation of psychological treatment and assessment conducted by the Psychology Services staff. You will be a key contributing member of leadership teams directly involved in determining how psychological treatment is provided at the Hospital. 

Pierce County employees are eligible to receive an ORCA Card for transportation needs.   


Some of what you will do.

  • Hire and train new psychology staff and supervise Psychologists, Psychology Associates, and Institutional Counselor 3. 
  • Ensure staff are maintaining appropriate standards of care, consistent with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and State licensing requirements, and following the Hospital’s policies and procedures.
  • Provide leadership and clinical support, and direct behavioral plans.
  • Establish psychology practice improvement initiatives, develop action plans, track progress, and complete annual assessments.
  • Manage civil commitment and related court processes, as required.
  • Set agendas and lead psychology meetings, participate in the management team/initiatives, and on hospital-wide committees and workgroups.

 Who should apply
 Professionals with:

  • A PsyD, EdD, or Psych PhD
  • And a license to practice as a Psychologist in the State of Washington or eligible to obtain a Washington State license prior to hire.
  • And 3 years of applied post-licensure experience and demonstrated psychotherapy, psychological consultation, and psychological assessment skills.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Forensic psychology experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Apply and teach evidence-based psychological practices, a core understanding of psychiatric recovery principles.
  • Knowledge of the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Code
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with diverse staff and patients to accomplish the Center’s mission.

To be considered for this opportunity please include the following:

  • Current chronological resume
  • Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the job, and the skills and experience that make you the best person for the job.
  • Three professional references with current contact information

If you have questions about job number 12179 contact Anu Rao at (360) 972-6206 or via email at raoa@dshs.wa.gov

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.

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