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Mental Health Practitioner Clinical Specialist

Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences within the UW School of Medicine is the third largest clinical department within the School of Medicine with 285 full-time faculty members, 280 clinical faculty members, and over 200 staff. Department faculty provide clinical services in 5 hospitals, 14 primary care locations, and several outpatient sites in addition to telepsychiatry consultations to more than 150 clinics in Washington and beyond. As the only academic psychiatry department serving the five state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), the Department's highly competitive residency training program is largely responsible for developing the mental health workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Department's robust research portfolio totals $35 million in grants and contracts per year for projects ranging from clinical neurosciences to treatment development to health policy and population health. The Department is recognized as an international leader in developing, testing, and implementing Collaborative Care, an integrated care model increasingly seen as a solution for population-based mental health care. Other areas of excellence include Addictions, Autism, High Risk Youth, Neurosciences, and Trauma, and the Department is developing innovative new programs in Technology and Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Maternal and Child Mental Health, and Targeted Intervention Development.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting for a full-time Mental Health Practitioner Clinical Specialist. This individual will provide mental health triage, crisis intervention, psychotherapy, and stabilization services to detained youth with developmental, neurological, psychiatric, emotional and behavioral disorders that impair a youth's ability to function or cope, thereby placing the youth or others at risk while incarcerated.


  • Develop treatment plans in conjunction with the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention's staff.
  • Evaluate youth who are at risk of self-harm.
  • Act as liaison with community providers for detained youth.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences, such as psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, or vocational or educational counseling AND two years as a Mental Health Practitioner or equivalent, one of which must be in a clinical specialty area.
  • Eligibility for recognition by the State of Washington as a clinical specialist, under the community mental health regulations may be required. May be required to be eligible for a clinical faculty appointment.


  • Experience with multi-system involved children with severe behavioral problems and/or developmental disabilities
  • Experience with King County PHP, Washington State Mental Health and Substance Use WAC/RCWs, and JCAHO standards

Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Conditions of Employment:

This position requires on-call, evening, and weekend work (regular weekly schedule includes one weekend day).

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , Mental Health Practitioner Clinical Specialist, Other , Seattle, Washington

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