Psychology Associate

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent 8 per week WA 7345 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, United States


Mental Health Treatment:

  • Maintain a current Mental Health Appraisal, updated minimally annually, and ensure completion of this includes a thorough history taking mental status examination, problem(s) identification, and diagnostic or case formulation.
  • Provide individual and group therapy or psychoeducational groups consistent with the WA DOC Health Plan.
  • Develop appropriate interventions based on incarcerated individuals symptoms and needs, utilizing evidence-based techniques and approaches.
  • Develop treatment plans with identifiable and measurable goals based on evidence-based models and updates treatment plan yearly.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other staff as necessary and appropriate within the confines of confidentiality.
  • May include diagnostic testing and assessment activities and duties, or referral of the services when appropriate.
Mental Health Screenings:
  • Conduct mental health screenings on incarcerated individuals who have newly arrived to the facility. This may either be through triage activities or individual callouts as determined by the flow of inmates into the institution.
  • Respond to mental health emergencies as indicated throughout the institution.
  • Provide appropriate follow-up and/or referral to other staff as needed. Document current mental health status.
  • Alert custody and other staff to urgent concerns regarding inmate safety and vulnerability.
  • Conduct segregation screenings/mental status exams as required.
Staff Meetings, Training and Duty Officer:
  • Attend and participate in weekly mental health staff meetings and treatment team/case consultation meetings to assure communication and coordination of mental health services. Present cases for peer consultation and to share achievements/best practices with peers.
  • Attend and participate in regular supervision as designated by the Psychologist 4.
  • Participate in training as approved/required by the department.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary meeting(s) as directed.
  • Participate in departmental committees or work groups as approved by supervisor.
  • Participate in the Mental Health Duty Officer (MHDO) rotation being the Mental Health point of contact during non-regular hours as well as regular working hours during the time as designated as the MHDO.
  • Remain current and up to date on job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; attending courses and seminars, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks and participating in professional organizations.
Documentation and paperwork:
  • Document all clinically significant mental health encounters (i.e.; MHER’s, chart notes).
  • Write and update MHA’s and treatment plans according to policy or as directed.
  • Write reports and summaries as required by medical and non-medical staff; including responding to 13-420’s, Incident Reports and Infractions as appropriate.


Required Qualifications:

  • Licensed Agency Affiliated Counselor (LAAC) – Issued by Washington State Department of Health (DOH) 
    • ***Must have the ability to apply for Licensed Agency Affiliated Counselor License within 30 days of hire date.
    • Additional consideration may be given for higher level Department of Health, Mental Health Licenses.