Washington State Sex Offender Treatment Specialist in United States

Description

Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (SOTS)

Full Time Permanent

Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC)

The Department of Corrections is seeking highly motivated and qualified individuals for the positions of Sex Offender Treatment Specialist at AHCC in Airway Heights Washington. If you are interested and would like to be considered please apply online, attach a resume' and a letter of interest (preferably no more than two pages) describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are an ideal candidate for the position.

Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) is a 2000+ bed male facility located approximately 10 miles west of Spokane. The prison consists of a main facility that houses medium- and long-term medium-custody offenders. A separate perimeter adjacent to the main facility accommodates a minimum-security unit for offenders with minimum-custody or lower.

At Airway Heights Corrections Center, an adult correctional facility, this position is responsible for providing sex offender treatment to adult males confined at Airway Heights Corrections Center. This position will provide both individual and group treatment to individuals assigned to their caseload. The therapist will develop and complete initial treatment plans, group/individual contact notes and a final treatment summary.The Sex Offender Treatment Specialist position works collaboratively with staff in the Sex Offender Treatment Program and Assessment Program (SOTAP), as well as, designated staff in the Department of Corrections (DOC), Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB), End of Sentence Review (EOSR), community stakeholders to include visitors and offenders; in an effort to promote community safety and the offender's re-entry and transition to the community.

For additional information about the agency, please visit www.doc.wa.gov

Duties

  • Treats an assigned caseload of adult male sex offenders. Facilitate group and individual therapy sessions for 12-15 assigned group members. Complete documentation to include agency approved assessment (at intake and discharge), Initial Treatment plans, group/individual contact notes and a comprehensive Treatment Summary for external distribution. Additionally, some clients may require treatment summary addendums and/or additional documentation. Ensure clients have notified and invited appropriate support persons to the Family Support Seminar event. Meet with client support persons to educate and answer questions.
  • Assesses and completes documentation on an assigned caseload of adult male sex offenders. Complete the intake using the agency approved risk/needs assessment and complete an Individual Treatment Plan for each client. Facilitate behavioral change in offenders, conduct specialty groups, and liaise with Risk Management Staff to assist transition of sex offenders. Present case load information to committees related to offender planning, risk management issues, and transition.
  • Participate in staff meetings and supervision. Staff training weekly; weekly supervision (group and individual) with assigned SOT Supervisor and /or the SOT Program Manager; collaborate with mental health providers, custody, living unit, and stakeholders regarding dynamic risk and the management of assigned sex offender clients. Other trainings/meetings as scheduled.
  • Work with appropriate stakeholders regarding the management of sex offender clients. Works directly with guardians, victim advocates regarding the management of sex offenders. Serves as an active member of the transition process identifying offender risk, development of management techniques and strategies. Deliver testimony as required to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board. Provide dispositions and testimony as legally required. Provides training and workshops to external agencies as directed. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in a social or behavioral science from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U S Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or foreign equivalent.

AND one of the following;

One (1) year work experience providing individual or group treatment and/or therapy to juvenile or adult offenders, the mentally ill, or sex offenders, which includes six (6) months of work experience providing mental health treatment and/or therapy to "groups."

OR

Three (3) years work experience in mental health, criminal justice, or social services, which includes six (6) months of work experience providing mental health treatment and/or therapy to "groups."

Additional clarification:

Work experience in mental health may be defined as: any experience where responsibilities have included mental health planning, mental health program implementation, and/or direct delivery of client mental health services.

Work experience in mental health treatment and/or therapy to "groups" may be defined as, "group experience where responsibilities have included mental health treatment and/or therapy planning, mental health program implementation and/or direct delivery of client mental health services. This work experience may also be obtained during master's degree program internships".

OR

A Master's degree in social or behavioral science from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U S Department of Education, or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or foreign equivalent, may be substituted for either of the working experiences above; one (1) year work experience providing individual or group treatment and/or therapy to juvenile or adult offenders, mentally ill, or sex offenders, and/or the three (3) years working experience in mental health, criminal justice, or social services, but in either case does not satisfy the requirement for six (6) months of experience providing mental health treatment and/or therapy to "groups."

For incumbents with a qualifying Master's degree, the requirement for the six (6) months of experience providing mental health treatment and/or therapy to groups may be obtained within nine (9) months of hire.

In addition to the above:

  • Apply, obtain/maintain Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor registration per RCW 18.19.030 within 7 days of hire.

NOTE: Licensing as a Psychologist, Social Worker or Mental Health Counselor may be substituted for the Affiliated Counselor registration. Each employee is expected to maintain and adhere to the continuing education requirements for the applicable professional credential. Each employee must adhere to legislation and/or law changes that may affect current licensure and/or registration requirements.

**An agency affiliated counselor may only provide counseling services as part of his or her employment for a recognized agency. Applicants for an agency affiliated counselor credential who apply within 7 days of employment may provide services within the agency for up to 60 days while the Department of Health processes your application.

  • Schooled in the delivery of cognitive-behavioral treatments and/or therapy.
  • Able to communicate effectively to change behavior and to overcome emotional barriers.
  • Experienced at using tact and diplomacy to minimize conflicts.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting cognitive/behavioral, psychotherapy within a correctional institution for adult male sexual offenders.
  • BA or above in an academic area related to psychology and/or psychotherapy.

Supplemental Information

'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.
  • The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questionnaire. All answers are verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this requisition. A thorough reference check will be conducted for final applicants.
  • 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, 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 rebecca.oneal@doc.wa.gov or call us at (509) 244-6704. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-08297

Department: Dept. of Corrections

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

Salary: $3,855.00 - $5,062.00 Monthly

Location: Spokane County - Airway Heights, WA