Washington State DSHS Psychiatric Social Worker 3 (Western State Hospital) in Lakewood, Washington


Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding work environment that can give you overall satisfaction and purpose? One with a great work schedule Monday through Friday (8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and benefits that are extremely competitive on a national level? If so, then Western State Hospital could be the place for you!

Join Western State Hospital (WSH) and become an integral part of a multidisciplinary team of caring and dedicated professional social work staff. As a Psychiatric Social Worker 3 (PSW3) you will have the opportunity to collaborate with a multitude of hospital and community interlinking services and get exposure to providing casework to our specialized patient population. You will enjoy working independently, setting your own work-related priorities and never experience a monotonous day due to the intricacy of the WSH system.

We are committed to compassionate case management and aim for excellence, striving to serve all patients and family members with the utmost respect and care. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality, safest and most effective care to every patient. We support our staff not only in their efforts to provide excellent patient care, but also in their effort to contribute to their own professional growth and job satisfaction.

What you will do in this position:

In your role as a Psychiatric Social Worker 3 at WSH, you will deliver group and family therapy, formulate multidisciplinary treatment plans according to Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) standards, and ensure that treatment is delivered as prescribed in the Center for Adult Services at WSH. PSW3 will become a crucial liaison between the family of the patient and the members of the mental health team to discuss the patient's care and other related matters such as legal procedures. Collaborations are done on such matters as treatment and discharge planning, education and counsel to patients and families regarding psychiatric illness, diagnosis, prognosis, and a recovery plan.

Other duties include:

  • Do initial screening for all potential visitors
  • Provide testimony at court hearings
  • Work with patients on discharge planning in accordance with the WSH Discharge and Placement Process and WSH/RSN working agreement
  • Attend ward, discipline, and Center for Forensic Services meetings.

We are most interested in applicants who meet the following desirable qualifications:

A qualified applicant has a Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited school of social work AND preferably two years of experience in counseling mentally or emotionally disturbed individuals.

Application Process:

Please complete the on-line application, especially the education and work experience section. If you have questions, contact the Recruiter, Lolo Arevalo, directly either via email arevalf@dshs.wa.gov or phone (360) 485-7229.

Please note: This announcement will be used to fill multiple vacancies as we have multiple permanent positions available right now.

The hiring manager reserves the right to review application materials and make a hiring decision at any point during this recruitment process. Applicants will be reviewed on a daily basis. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as soon as possible.

Some jobs in our department may require a background check, including criminal record history and may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Who We Are:

Western State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital serving western Washington providing evaluation and inpatient treatment for adults with serious or long-term mental illness. Located in the historic town of Steilacoom just south of Tacoma, Western State Hospital is less than an hour's drive from Seattle. Outdoor recreation is not far away and the alpine playgrounds of Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains and Pacific Ocean Beaches are an easy drive. Western State Hospital is one of the largest psychiatric hospitals west of the Mississippi River with over 800 beds and 2000 full-time staff. To learn more about Western State Hospital and how our staff makes a difference in transforming lives visit https://www.dshs.wa.gov/bha/division-state-hospitals/western-state-hospital


Supplemental Information


At Western State Hospital, you will enjoy a rewarding career with a benefits package designed to protect you and your family. These include, but are not limited to: major medical, dental, vision, optional medical flexible spending account, long-term disability, fully funded retirement, savings plan options, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and holidays and continuing education. For more detailed information regarding benefits, please review the benefits tab.

The State of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.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 360-485-7229. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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Salary: $51,756.00 - $67,884.00 Annually

Location: Pierce County – Lakewood, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-07076

Department: Dept. of Social and Health Services

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