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DSHS BHA Institutional Counselor 3



DSHS BHA Institutional Counselor 3

The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is seeking multiple Institutional Counselor 3’s to work at Maple Lane Forensic Recovery Program (MLFRP) located in Centralia, WA. Our facility houses 30 residents who are adjudicated as not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) and court ordered to inpatient recovery treatment.

Our facility houses 30 residents who are adjudicated as not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) and court ordered to inpatient recovery treatment at our facility located in Centralia, WA.
IC3s will work under the supervision of the Program Specialist 3. By direction of their supervisor and/or treatment team, the IC3 will also support resident(s) psychosocial interventions, document pertinent and necessary information to support resident’s treatment plan, offer support to the various groups or staff escorted community outings (SECO), conduct transportation for resident needs.
As an IC3 you and your team will be a direct care resource to our residents. This may vary from helping in groups, heating and serving meals, light housekeeping, assisting with laundry, facilitating resident vocational programing, driving residents to appointments, going out on staff escorted community outings (SECOs), be the first responders to residents in crisis, and they must communicate effectively to support the needs of the program.
Our mission is to promote recovery, resilience, and rehabilitation for those residents leading to successful community transition. Join us in Transforming Lives!
There are multiple positions available. They are all 10 hours shifts, 4 days per week.
Day shift: T/W/TH off
Hours: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
You may inquire to which IC3 positions are available (day, swing, or night) by emailing Susana Santee at

Some of what you'll do:  


  • Instructs and encourages residents regarding policies, procedures, protocols, and facility rules.
  • Help develop and implement individual and group treatment activities.
  • Counsel and advise patients, as they participate in the treatment program.
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate treatment groups and ensure scheduled active treatment and therapy groups are run as scheduled.
  • Provides direct day-to-day monitoring and support of the residential population.
  • Documents resident activities or observations as directed by the treatment team.
  • Communicates with the team to assure resident and employee safety and continuity of care.
  • Complete progress notes on daily interactions with residents
  • Be a member of the Interdisciplinary Team and actively participate during treatment team meetings in developing resident treatment plans.
  • Assist treatment team and residents while in the community on Staff Escorted Community Outings.

We are looking for professionals who have: 
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of good communication, evaluating and monitoring persons or situations, and deciding on proper course of action.
  • Knowledge and recognition of psychiatric symptoms are preferred.
  • Laws and rules related to competency evaluation and restoration treatment are preferred.
  • Ability to create positive rapport with their team and the residents.
  • Must be able to respond appropriately to crisis situations and/or be willing to learn how to do so.

 Ability to:

  • Safely physically intervene with patients exhibiting high-risk behaviors using approved techniques, maintaining optimal mental and physical health and dignity
  • Compile and prepare reports on the client's progress, reactions, and overall adjustment.
  • Effectively and efficiently communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for compassion and curiosity towards residents.

Required License or Certifications:


  • Current CPR card.
  • Current Food Handler's permit within 14 days of employment.  More information can be found here.
  • Agency Affiliated Counselor. Must be applied for within 7 days of employment. More information can be found here.
  • Must be able to pass a background check through DSHS.

 Who should apply?

Professionals with a bachelor’s degree preferably involving a major study in psychology, sociology, or other social science;


Two years of professional counseling or casework experience or working closely with a psychiatric population in a therapeutic capacity.
One year of graduate training in behavioral social sciences may be substituted year for year for experience;


One year as an Institution Counselor 2
Equivalent combination of education/experience 

Institutional Counselors are present at the RTF 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Applicants will have an opportunity to express interest in shift preference at the interview.

Opportunities performed on-site at this work location at least three days a week may be eligible for an additional 5% premium pay in addition to the advertised salary.  

Please include the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Chronological resume
  3. Completed application

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.

Questions?  Please contact Kathy Simmons and reference job number 08749.



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.

 Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protect­ed veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.