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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 361I
Category: Social Services
Salary Range: Special Case


The school psychologist is primarily responsible for coordinating the assessment process for children at the School for the Deaf. The school psychologist works closely with the building principals and Director of Student Life in the special services staffing process, as well as consulting with school staff members and parents.

Typical Work

Conducts and/or coordinates assessment regarding the academic, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of students;

Writes psychological reports which contain discussion of diagnosis and recommendations stated in behavioral terms of student placement in the program;

Conference with parents of children who are being assessed or have been assessed, and at other times as appropriate;

Provides regular follow-up to staff with whom students have been placed to discuss progress and offers further diagnostic assistance if warranted;

Maintains ongoing communications with community agencies;

Assists staff in writing annual goals for hearing impaired students;

Consults with teachers on concerns they may have about their classroom as a whole, or individual students within the classroom;

Encourages and initiates research, and helps to utilize research findings for the solution of school problems;

Counsels with students within the broad context of assessment;

Evaluates residents to determine mental level and emotional adjustment; makes diagnosis and prognosis; serves as member of multi-disciplinary team; makes recommendations for treatment and rehabilitation plans;

Administers intelligence and academic achievement tests, interest inventories, and social maturity scales; makes clinical appraisal of resident; uses results to develop individual treatment programs; monitors and evaluates results of programs;

Integrates information from professional staff, supervisors, educators, and unit staff; analyzes data and writes reports; recommends work educational program and prognosis for therapy;

Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles of psychology, standardized psychological tests; individual and group psychotherapy; research methods; behavior therapy.

Ability to: administer projective tests; instruct attendants and others in psychological principles; counsel patients or residents; plan and direct the work of others; speak and write effectively.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Washington State (OSPI) Certification as a School Psychologist for the Deaf. 


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 11-14-86
Revised minimum qualifications: 1-13-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 6-9-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 4-12-91
Revised minimum qualifications and title change (formerly School Psychologist, School for the Deaf, D, E, and F): 9-10-99
New class code: (formerly 38040) effective July 1, 2007