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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 362A
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

Provides professional psychology services within institutions, correctional facilities, and other facilities operated by the state of Washington. Positions at the 4th level require a license to practice psychology.


This is the entry level of the series. It is designed to accommodate master's level positions. Positions can perform the following duties under supervision of a licensed psychologist; psychological testing, psychometric activities, personality assessment, individual and group therapy; designs and conducts limited research projects; develops and monitors training programs and behavioral modification programs; participates in formulation of interdisciplinary team recommendations. However, for the purpose of developing skills, direct counseling and therapy services may be performed under close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Typical Work

Evaluates patients or residents to determine intelligence level;  

Administers, scores, and interprets intelligence and academic achievement tests, interest inventories, and social maturity scales;  

Uses results of testing to develop individual basic behavioral training programs;  

Integrates information from work supervisors, teachers, and direct care or custody staff and prepares reports;  

May provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to carefully screened group of clients under close supervision of higher level psychologists;  

Assists in collection and tabulation of research data; participates in special projects as directed;

Evaluates patients or residents to determine mental level and emotional adjustment; makes diagnosis and prognosis;  

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

Under supervision, integrates information from professional staff, supervisors, educators and unit staff; analyzes data and writes reports; recommends residents' hall and work assignments, educational programs, and prognosis for therapy;  

Consults occupational therapists, social workers, and physicians and makes recommendations for treatment; coordinates with and consults with interdisciplinary teams;  

Performs individual, group, behavior and play therapy; provides short-term and emergency counseling; consults with direct care and custody staff regarding treatment of individual residents;  

Trains unit staff in techniques for implementing individual training/behavioral modifications programs; monitors, evaluates and revises programs for increased effectiveness;  

May serve as member of various committees;  

Conducts limited research projects; assists higher level psychologist in complex, ongoing research projects.

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

A Master's degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology and one year of supervised post Master's degree experience in psychology.

Class Specification History

New class.  Civil service reform merges 38100 Psychologist 1 and 38120 Psychologist 2; adopted March 10, 2005, effective June 1, 2005.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.