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Forensic Psychologist

4 Days Ago

Job Description



The Court Evaluator represents the Hospital’s position on involuntary/civil commitment proceedings as outlined in RCW 71.05.

  • Clinically evaluates patients detained by a DCR on an initial 120 hour hold and assesses whether additional inpatient hospitalization is needed or whether a less restrictive option is appropriate.
  • Co-authors with attending provider14/90/180 day petitions for involuntary treatment.
  • Provide expert witness testimony in court proceedings through a combination of patient evaluation, medical chart review, discussions with treatment providers and witnesses, and direct examination/cross-examination from Prosecution/Defense attorneys.



Education:  Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work or related mental health field.  Doctoral (PhD/PsyD) degree in Psychology or related mental health field preferred.


  • Preferred (5) years post-Master or three (3) years post-Doctoral experience in a psychiatric health care setting.
  • Strong clinical assessment skills required.
  • Background in forensic or clinical work required.


Additional Requirements:  Must be licensed in the state of Washington as a Psychologist, Social Worker, or related mental health field or have an associate license. Employee must obtain CPR, first aid, Handle with Care, and Verbal De-Escalation certification upon hire.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

This section describes what knowledge an employee in this position should currently possess.  This list may not be complete for all knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position and are not written in a priority of importance.

  • Strong clinical assessment skills:
    • Assess and identify psychosocial, educational, developmental and behavioral functioning of the client/family system utilizing evidence based practice.
    • Document assessment update when there are significant changes in client’s condition.
    • Comply with required standards for medical/legal reporting situations (i.e. child abuse, dependent adult abuse, psychiatric commitment).
  • Communicate effectively with attorneys, health care team, family members, and community providers regarding client status and progress.
  • Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information
    • Maintain confidentiality in compliance with professional ethics according to professional and facility standards.
  • Ability to accept direction and adhere to organization policies and procedures.
  • Participate in performance improvement projects and activities at the hospital.
  • Continued professional development and training.
    • Continue professional development
    • Participate in conferences and workshops related to mental health.
  • Ability to orient new colleagues and supervise student interns.
  • Proficiency in the following areas:
    • planning and organizing
    • time management - organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines
    • computer skills – operate office equipment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and co-workers
    • Ability to work as a team player
    • Skills in telephone etiquette and paging procedures
  • Ability to maintain records, and prepare reports and correspondence related to the work.
  • Possess good interpersonal skills, be customer-service oriented, show reliability and initiative, demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience and dedication


Physical, Mental, and Special Demands:

This section describes how an employee in this position currently performs the functions of this position. Modifications to the manner in which this job may be performed will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

  • Ability to stand, or walk up to six hours, sit for up to two hours.
  • Ability to spend 20% of the workday outdoors in temperatures varying from 30°-100oF and 80% of the workday indoors in temperatures varying from 60°-85o
  • Ability to occasionally push/pull wheeled carts up to 200 lbs. (i.e. crash carts, patients on stretchers or in wheel chairs).
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 10 lbs. (charts, records).
  • Ability to see well enough to read written material.
  • Ability to discern a variety of odors.
  • Ability to handle hazardous/infectious waste on an occasional basis.
  • Ability to work in an environment where the noise level is frequently high, where chemicals are frequently used for cleaning; where mechanical and electrical hazards may occasionally be present; and where dust, mist, and steam are frequently generated in housekeeping tasks.
  • Ability and knowledge of how to respond when exposed to blood and bodily fluids.
  • Ability to participate in the management of acutely agitated patients consistent with Handle with Care and hospital procedures.


Machines, Tools, Equipment, and Other Work Aides:

This section describes those machines, tools, equipment, and other work aides an employee in this position must be able to use.

  • Computer and various software packages.
  • FAX machine.
  • Telephone, paging system, cell phone and voice mail.
  • Copy machine.
  • Calculator/10-Key.
  • Medical Records.

Policies, procedures, plans, resource materials and program manuals.


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We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.


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  • Founded 1979
  • Type Public
  • Revenue $10B - $50B
  • Industry Business Services
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