Company Name:

Western State Hospital


Tacoma, Washington

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Clinical Psychology

Work Setting:

Hospital/Hospice (including VA Med Centers)

Position Type:

Full Time

Date Posted:

September 6, 2019


SALARY: $76,128.00 - $107,532.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/06/19

DESCRIPTION: Join our dedicated team as a Psychologist at Western State Hospital (WSH). This is an ideal environment to use your psychological expertise in evaluation and treatment to make an integral contribution towards safe and positive outcomes for staff and patients. Cases here are frequently complex and require staff to work as a team. Diversity of patient population and the variety of job assignments keeps the work interesting. We are not for profit and are motivated by the desire to serve our patients.

Look forward to a collegial work environment and becoming an integral member of an essential team of Psychologists dedicated to promoting recovery and well-being in partnership with the people we serve. This is an opportunity to gain insight into and experience with severe mental illness and the recovery process at one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the United States.

Benefits include job security, comprehensive medical benefits package, pension plan, and opportunities for both lateral moves and advancement. Leadership is supportive and the work culture is collegial. 

Psychologists at Western State Hospital serve in our Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center, Center for Forensic Services, or Habilitative Mental Health Treatment Center. They provide assessment, evaluation, treatment, consultation, program management, and clinical leadership.


• Provide psychological services and behavioral programing on a civil commitment ward.

• Develop specific behavioral treatment programs, consulting with staff to ensure consistent approaches to patient care.

• Provide clinical oversight of the ward program, individual and group therapy, treatment planning, assessment and training of staff.

• Provide psychological and risk evaluations.

• Attend and participate in treatment team, psychology department, and other collaborative meetings.

• Participate in forensic work including conducting evaluations for civil commitment, conditional release, and less restrictive orders, establishing diagnoses, and providing the court with expert testimony and written petitions, affidavits, letters or other required documentation.


• A Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD).

• Licensed or eligible to obtain a license in Washington to practice psychology.

• Professional experience working with patients with severe mental illness, preferably in an in-patient setting.

• Knowledge and experience using a variety of behavioral interventions is preferable.

• Forensic experience is desirable.

• Demonstrated ability to form therapeutic relationships with people who have psychiatric disabilities.

• Ability to provide evidence based psychological programing, conduct evidenced based group and individual therapies, apply principles of mental illness recovery, develop effective treatment and behavior plans, provide expert testimony, and establish collegial relationships with multidisciplinary treatment team members.

• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Collegial, affable, and broad-minded team member open to learning and personal growth.

Come join a dedicated team committed to making positive changes in the lives of our patients!

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