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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 362F
Category: Social Services


Conducts psychological evaluations and provides expert testimony regarding criminally (RCW 10.77) and civilly (RCW 71.09) committed persons. Performs pre-trial evaluations to include competency, diminished capacity, sanity and dangerousness or performs post-sentence or adjudication evaluations of sexually violent predators (SVP). Forensic evaluations are performed in jails, state facilities and/or community settings.

Typical Work

Performs forensic evaluations and provides testimony for the courts in accordance with RCW 10.77 and/or RCW 71.09;

Provides expert testimony in court regarding evaluations, competency, sanity, diminished capacity, civil commitment under RCW 71.09 or risk assessment; explains and defends findings;

Prepares forensic evaluation reports to the courts;

Conducts comprehensive review of relevant criminal or civil information, records and history;

Reviews case findings with prosecutors and defense counsel; provides case status reports;

Documents all aspects of evaluation and case chronology;

Conducts risk assessments; assesses patients for psychological testing needs;

Administers, scores and interprets psychological tests and produces written reports;

Provides in-service training and formal and informal psychological consultation regarding psychiatric disorders, treatments and care strategies to staff;

Interviews both pre- and post-trial defendants;

Conducts risk assessments of forensic patients subject to RCW 10.77.270;

Conducts forensic psychological evaluations pursuant to RCW 10.77;

Completes annual evaluation reports per RCW 71.09 for Special Commitment Center (SCC) residents, who have been civilly committed under RCW 71.09 for treatment;

Reviews resident medical records, psychological evaluations, police reports, victim statements and other records;

Reviews treatment progress; interviews resident to determine mental status; interviews treatment team regarding resident’s progress and response to treatment; consults with staff, members of the community and sex offender treatment providers;

Makes recommendations to the court regarding whether conditional release to a less restrictive alternative is in the best interest of the resident; makes recommendations to the court regarding conditions imposed to adequately protect the community;

Provides expert consultation to clinical staff that provides treatment services to individuals in the total confinement program; 

Performs other duties as required.

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. 

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of clinical/counseling psychology


Three years of post-doctoral psychology experience working with forensic populations.


Possession of a license to practice psychology in the state of Washington.

Class Specification History

New class; adopted June 30, 2015; effective July 1, 2015.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.