Program Director – Child Study and Treatment Center


Lakewood, WA

Schedule:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Saturday/Sunday off)
Posting closes on Saturday, 4/30 at 11:59 p.m.


DSHS CSTC Psychologist 4
The Department of Social and Health Services Child Study & Treatment Center (CSTC) will be welcoming a Program Director/Psychologist 4 to our highly dedicated Orcas Cottage team. Child Study and Treatment Center is a 47 bed Joint Commission accredited psychiatric hospital, providing inpatient care for children and adolescents from across the State of Washington.

The Psychologist 4/Program Director on Orcas Cottage plans, organizes, directs, implements, monitors and evaluates the treatment program of a 15 bed cottage proving treatment for youth between the ages of 14 and 18.  Every day is unique and rewarding; our children will keep you engaged!

As the Psychologist 4/Program Director, you will bring clinical evaluation, treatment, child development, assessment and supervisory experience to the role. In addition to directing the clinical treatment program for the milieu you will provide individual, group and family therapy. You will also grow as a leader with responsibility for training the Psychiatric Child Care Counselor series (PCCC 1, PCCC 2) as well as supervision for the cottage Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW 3) and PCCC 3.

As a member of the CSTC Executive Leadership Team, you can aspire to grow in this role and leave a legacy as you develop center staff and make changes to fit the needs of our patients. By understanding your treatment team’s strengths and opportunities for growth, you will assess the quality of the cottage milieu and consult with each member to ensure a safe and effective milieu.

Look forward to a collegial work environment and becoming an integral member of an essential team of Psychologists dedicated to promoting stability and well-being in partnership with the people we serve.

Some of what you will do

  • Direct therapeutic intervention and documentation
  • Clinical and administrative supervision of psychology students
  • Treatment planning and progress reviews
  • Prepare for, and attend, various departmental meetings and trainings, both team-building and professional
  • Provide consultation and training to colleagues and staff

Who should apply

  • A Doctor of Psychology, Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or forensic psychology from an accredited university,
  • 3 years of psychology experience, which includes supervising other psychology interns,
  • And, licensed or eligible to obtain a license in Washington to practice psychology

 Training and experience with child and adolescent population in the following is preferred:

  • Chemical Dependency Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment
  • Developmental Theory/Developmental Teaching Model
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Milieu Management
  • Evidence-based Models of Treatment
  • Exposure to juvenile forensics

To Apply—

  1. Completed application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter

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Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver’s license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

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