Washington State Correctional Mental Health Counselor 2 (CMHC2, -MCC) in Monroe, Washington


Correctional Mental Health Counselor 2

Monroe Correctional Complex Full Time permanent positions

The Department of Corrections is seeking highly motivated and qualified staff for Correctional Mental Health Counselor 2 located at Monroe Correctional Complex.

The Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) is comprised of five units: Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU), Twin Rivers Unit (TRU), Minimum Security Unit (MSU), Special Offenders Unit (SOU), and the Intensive Management Unit (IMU). In all, MCC houses approximately 2,500 offenders and employs approximately 1,200 staff.

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.

This recruitment will remain open until an adequate pool of candidates is established. Application review will be ongoing, and therefore we encourage you to submit your application materials as soon as possible.


This position is an integral member of a treatment team in a mental health unit at a correctional institution and requires minimum supervision. Caseloads will vary in number and complexity and the CMHC provides counseling, intensive case management, assessments, and development and implementation of treatment plan services. The CMHC will work in conjunction with and receive supervision from the unit's licensed Psychologist. The CMHC will provide mental health care/treatment to adult offenders with psychiatric, emotional, cognitive, personality and/or behavioral disorders.

Typical Work includes:

  • Observes interviews, gathers data, evaluates, and directs treatment of mentally ill offenders on an assigned caseload;
  • Provide individual and group counseling; may provide specialized therapy programming. Specialized training and services may include Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Movement/Dance or Expressive Therapies;
  • Arranges for nursing, psychiatric and psychological consultation reviews as needed;
  • Assists in development and implementation of individual mental health treatment plans for assigned caseload which meet Mental Health Care Standards;
  • Prepares reports for treatment sessions, MSE's, recent history of mental health treatment, and participates in: unit classification committee and treatment planning conferences;
  • Provides Intensive case management for mentally ill offenders;
  • Provides transition summaries for case transfers;
  • Ensures appropriate confidentiality and privacy for offender population;
  • Provides appropriate custody functions;
  • Communicates as needed with other agencies such as work release, community mental health, psychiatric hospitals, and other prisons;
  • Assists in developing case referrals and will work collaboratively with inter disciplinary departments;
  • May have the opportunity to receive clinical supervision for licensure.


Required Education/Experience/Certification:

Bachelor's degree with major study in a behavioral science from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or foreign equivalent,


One year of mental health, criminal justice or social service experience which shall include six months of direct client contact clinical experience providing mental health treatment. Six months of this direct client contact clinical experience must have included: mental health therapy services during 1:1 therapy sessions or facilitated group therapies, this does not include teaching educational groups.


A Master's degree in a field of Psychology may be substituted for the one year of mental health, criminal justice or social services experience. The Master's degree does not remove the requirement for the six months of experience providing direct client contact of individual mental health treatment and/or group therapies.

Experience in mental health treatment may be defined as any experience where responsibilities have included mental health treatment planning including writing treatment goals and working with clients towards resolution of treatment goals, mental health program implementation and/or direct delivery of client mental health services.


You must obtain status as an Agency Affiliated Counselor through the Washington Department of Health or possess a Certified Counselor credential. Each employee is expected to maintain and adhere to the continuing education requirements for the applicable professional credential. Each employee must adhere to legislation and/or law changes that may affect current licensure and/or registration requirements.

Supplemental Information

Veterans Preference Points Qualification

In order to be eligible to receive Veterans Preference Points, as noted in the Agency Wide Questions, you will need to attach a legible copy of your DD214, Member 4 form, to your application OR email a copy to anprohn@doc1.wa.gov, by close of the job posting. If this information is not received by the closing date - no additional points will be applied to your final examination score.

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov.


  • Your answers to the supplemental questions must be supported by the work experience section in your application or you may not be considered for this position. Resumes will not replace the completed "Work Experience" section in your online application.

  • You may be disqualified if your work experience does not include information used to: 1) meet the minimum qualifications of the job and 2) back up your answers to the supplemental questions. Only complete applications will be considered. Please be sure to answer all supplemental questions.

  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application to include phone number and email address*. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates.*


  • All DOC employees are fingerprinted for a criminal history background check.
  • Employees work with offenders in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.

  • Tuberculosis is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.

  • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.

  • Work effectively with men and women of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.

  • Promote inclusiveness.

  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.

  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

Job Type: Various Job Types

Job Number: 2016-CMHC2 MCC

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Closing: Continuous

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: $3,495.00 - $4,585.00 Monthly

Location: Snohomish County – Monroe, WA