WASHINGTON STATE PENITENTIARY (WSP)
The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Psychiatric Social Worker 3 (PSW 3) at Washington State Penitentiary. The Washington State Penitentiary is staff 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. 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.
The Department of Corrections (DOC), as a partner in the criminal justice system, enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions and programs in accordance with the law and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington State.
The Department consists of the Office of the Secretary, Prisons Division, Community Corrections Division, Administrative Services Division, Health Services Division, Communications Department and Risk Management Department.
The Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) houses approximately 2,300 offenders and employs approximately 1,175 staff
DOC is an organization that respects individuals for their unique qualities and strives to create a safe environment for individual uniqueness.
The Psychiatric Social Worker is a critical link in the chain of professionals who help incarcerated offenders successfully transition into our communities. By developing a network of connections to community based programs, people, and agencies, the Psychiatric Social Worker develops and coordinates discharge plans that ensure access to services for mentally ill or medically compromised individuals exiting prison. One goal of the Department of Corrections is to reduce recidivism; Psychiatric Social Workers ready inmates for release by providing linkage to housing, mental health services and residential or drug treatment programs. To prepare offenders for discharge, the Psychiatric Social Worker holds individual and group counseling, and provides guidance and assistance intended to advance the social conditions of the patient in prison and in the community. This position may also assist the facility psychiatrist with scheduling.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of theory, principles and techniques of social casework as related to emotional or mental illness, social work program administration; principles, and characteristics of mental and emotional illness; current social and economic problems, trends and research; interviewing techniques; individual and group behavior.
Ability to plan and direct the work of others; teach and train staff; interview effectively; analyze case records and other data for consistency and quality of work; draw conclusions from data; speak and write clearly and effectively.
Strong computer skills using Outlook, Word, and Excel programs.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A Master's degree from approved school of social work.
Two years of experience in counseling mentally or emotionally disturbed individuals.
Note: A degree in Social Work must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.' For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov . IMPORTANT NOTES: · Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application . 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, including marijuana, 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. For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email ethomaton@DOC1.wa.gov or call us at (509) 524-7732. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.