Washington State DSHS Psychologist - Forensic Evaluator in McNeil Island, Washington


Not just a Profession... Your chance to make a positive impact in the mental health community.

We are seeking an experienced, motivated, and compassionate professional to join our team at the Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island. If you have experience in a forensic setting and are interested in conducting forensic psychological evaluations please continue reading.

The Forensic Evaluator is responsible for completing annual evaluation reports on sexually violent predators who have been civilly committed under chapter 71.09 Revised Code of Washington (RCW) for treatment and/or monitoring by the SCC. These required reports are used by Superior Court to determine whether a committed person continues to meet the statutory definitions as a sexually violent predator and if they are appropriate for a less restrictive alternative. SCC Forensic Evaluators are frequently called upon to provide legal testimony and/or consultation to explain and defend their forensic findings. The Forensic Evaluator also provides expert consultation and training to SCC professional staff and may be expected to provide supervision to psychologists in training.

In this role you will work a half-time schedule Monday through Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm. You will also have the ability to telecommute.

Some of what you'll be doing:

  • Review resident's medical records, psychological evaluations, police reports, victim statements, and other records.
  • Review treatment progress.
  • Interview residents to determine mental status.
  • Interview treatment team, including community based treatment teams, regarding resident's progress and response to treatment.
  • Consult with SCC staff, members of the court, community sex offender treatment providers, and others involved with SCC program.
  • Analyze and draw conclusion on the resident's current mental condition.
  • Make recommendations to the courts regarding where conditional release to a less restrictive alternative is the best interest of the resident. Consider recommendations for unconditional release to the Court.
  • Provide guidance and consultation to the Forensic Evaluators in-training on case-specific issues.
  • Provide consultation and training to the Forensic Evaluators in-training, other SCC staff, and outside agencies on various issues such as dynamic risk factors, and actuarial assessments of re-offense risks.
  • Provide training on the treatment and evaluation of sexual violent predators.
  • Complete other evaluations/reviews of residents as required.

Additionally, assist the Assistant Attorney General in preparing the case for court, to include review of records, review of research, and other related documents.

Who should apply? Professionals who have a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of clinical/counseling psychology, AND three years of post-doctoral psychology experience, or one year of forensic evaluation post-doctorate experience, AND have a valid license to practice as a Psychologist in the State of Washington or have a license to practice as a Psychologist and are eligible to obtain a Washington State license to practice as a Psychologist before/by official start of employment.

A post-doctorate certificate in performing advanced forensic evaluations is highly desirable.

Completed applications should include:

  • A cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications for this position and why you are interested in this position.
  • A current Chronological Resume.
  • Three professional references, including current or most recent supervisor.

For questions about this announcement, contact Dave Ozment at 360-725-5843 or david.ozment@dshs.wa.gov.

Supplemental Information

Some jobs may require full criminal background check. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.


Job Type: Part Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-05716 YU12

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

Closing: 10/31/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $35.90 - $47.11 Hourly

Location: Pierce County - McNeil Island, WA