Psychologist -bfoq

State of Washington
Full Time, Permanent 8 per week $100,212 - $134,808 Per year WA 7345 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, WA 98501, United States


  •  Direct Care to Incarcerated Individuals in the Close Observation Area (COA)
    • Tasks include:
      • Completes Daily Rounds of all patients in the COA in a confidential setting. 
      • Responds to crises and 13-420's in the COA, evaluates incarcerated individuals on your caseload as needed utilizing a wide range of psychological assessment instruments and are selected based on the incarcerated individual's needs, gender, cultural background and presenting symptoms.
      • evaluates incarcerated individuals via a Collaborative Theraputic
        Assessment (CTA) model, consulting with the Primary Therapist and/or Psychiatrist on the referral, and providing them (both 1/1 and referral) with testing feedback.
      • When cases become com12lex, involve litigation, or require additional expertise, the COAPSYCH3 consults with and/or transfers cases (as needed/directed), to the psychologist 4.
      • serves as a member of a multidisciplinary team and communicates relevant symptom, safety, and discharge information to the TEC treatment team during daily treatment team meetings. The COA PSYCH 3 takes into consideration HIPPA, safety, and limits of confidentiality when making a decision about what to share with team members. The COA PSYCH3 staffs all. COA cases with a supervisor prior to discharge, per policy.
      • coordinates care with admitting/receiving staff and units.
      • Provides Consult and Liaison (CNL) services to staff who are planning to admit to COA.
      • gathers information through Functional Analysis from unit staff to create.
        and implement Individualized Behavior Management Plans (IBMP) as needed for individuals on his/her caseload.
      • The COA PSYCH3 provides consultation with unit psychology staff, including psychology associates, on cases, for purposes of planning, coordinating, and monitoring evaluation of unit psychological services.
      • The COAPSYCH3 designs and develops a local system to facilitate OCR referrals in the CONIPU. The process will take into account stakeholder feedback and be streamlined and coordinated in a way that involves the multidisciplinary team to facilitate a successful referral.
      • The COAPSYCH3 makes referrals to the OCR for individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use that are a risk to themselves, others, or gravely disabled.
      • The COA PSYCH3 provides relevant treatment based on COA admitting and presenting concerns, creates treatment plans for each individual in the COA, and completes the treatment plan prior to discharging the patient to a less restrictive setting.

        • The COA PSYCH 3 utilizes interventions/strategies/guidelines related to the treatment of women from a trauma informed framework (BFOQ needs).
      • The COA PSYCH3 completes individualized risk assessments (types include: suicide, homicide, grave disability) on each individual admitted to the COA both upon admission and prior to discharge from the COA.
      • The COA PSYCH 3 provides individual treatment to individuals in the COA. All treatment will be documented on gender specific, individualized and culturally competent treatment plans. 
      • The COA PSYCH 3 documents suicide evaluation using the Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) form and includes in the written assessment documentation of the correctional risk factors assessed (included dynamic, static, and acute), housing and placement considerations,
        relevant risk management planning, and discharge and aftercare plans.
      • The COA PSYCH3 creates discharge plans on each individual in the COA, documents this in a Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) or Prima [V Encounter Report (PER) and communicates this with the receiving unit staff.
      • The COA PSYCH3 documents all contacts with patients in a timely manner via Primary Encounter Reports (PER's) and encounters (electronic).
      • The COA PSYCH3 reads current research and brings new and creative ideas to the table for discussion in order to continually improve, enhance, and refine care practices in the COA.
      • Other duties assigned


Required Qualifications:
  • Working Knowledge:
    • 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.

    • Operates with Ethics and Integrity.

    • Maintains Confidentiality.

    • Demonstrates Interpersonal Skills.

    • Demonstrates Communication Skills.

    • Has Conflict Resolution Ability.

  • Ethics and Integrity:
    • Is aware of professional and 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.

  • Confidentiality:
    • maintains patient confidentiality and expects the same of all mental health professionals.

  • Interpersonal Skills:
    • 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.

  • Communication Skills:
    • Is able to communicate clearly both in writing and orally.

    • Keeps supervisor and subordinates informed of changes and developments.

  • Conflict Resolution Ability:
    • 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:
  • Leadership Ability:
    • leads by example.

    • nurtures a performance-based culture that supports efforts to accomplish the department's mission and goals.

    • actively contributes to a work environment that embraces diversity.

    • treats everyone with dignity and respect and expects all staff members to maintain a working environment of mutual respect and understanding. 

    • respects the unique talents, opinions and contributions of all individuals.

  • Judgment Ability:
    • learns from experience and bases decisions on the gained knowledge

  • Planning/Decision Making Skills:
    • uses a sequential thought process to develop goals, action plans and solutions to difficulties.

    • can and does list and describe the factors that were considered in making a decision and each factor's relative importance.

    • considers the impact of decisions on all others who may be affected by such decisions.

  • Continuing Education:
    • seeks to increase her fund of knowledge by taking seminars and by consulting with other professionals.

  • Accountability:
    • accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work.

    • can be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for supervision.

    • acknowledges and corrects mistakes.

    • is able to manage a heavy workload under pressure and is able to prioritize competing work assignments.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility:
    • is able to adapt to changing philosophies, expectations and priorities.

  • Work Ethic:
    • meets productivity and accuracy standards.

    • makes timely decisions.