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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 362B
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

See 362A.


This is the journey, working or occupational level of the series. Subject to supervision or general review and consultation of a licensed psychologist has responsibility for a  program, project or system within an institution; or subject to the supervision of a licensed psychologist, serves as the psychology specialist for an institutional training, reception/admissions, pre-vocational/vocational, violent geriatric behavior modification program, or to a multidisciplinary team within a Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) facility Program Area Team (PAT).


Positions in this class are distinguished from lower level psychologists by unit wide or cross unit responsibility.  Incumbents may provide direct psychological services to clients in addition to coordinating, monitoring and managing the assigned program, project or system.


Specialist positions may report to other than psychology staff, but clinical supervision by a licensed psychologist must be available.

Positions in this class may lead or supervise the work of lower level professional and other staff.

Typical Work

Performs research on causation factors in mental illness, retardation, effectiveness of therapy and therapeutic technique improvements;


As a diagnostic/admissions specialist: tests, evaluates, diagnoses and determines mental level and emotional adjustment of newly committed inmates and residents; writes reports; provides consultation to treatment and custody staff;


As a training unit specialist: instructs staff in psychological treatment and training methods for entire population of institution; monitors performance of direct care staff and determines training needs; evaluates and modifies training programs; supervises students;


As head of an institution-wide program/project: plans, monitors and evaluates implementation of program/project; provides management and supervisory staff with necessary information and training in use of system or implementation of project; consults with superintendent, department heads and professional staff to achieve coordination and integration into institution program;


In Labor and Industries Rehabilitation Center, directs, administers and coordinates Emotional Impact Area Program; conducts psychological testing; counsels and teaches family and individual clients in program principles and behavioral methods and procedures;


Administers psychological tests covering academic achievement, social maturity, skills and interests;

Appraises personality of client from interviews, projective techniques, playroom observations and play group participation;


Provides all manner of psychosocial intervention to individuals and groups of patients and residents;

Consults staff members regarding treatment recommendations, precautions, test results, program planning, release planning and handling specific behavior disturbances;


Administers resocialization program for chronic patients;


Plans and implements milieu programs; participates in planning ward and unit programs; assists in developing individual treatment plans;


Performs complicated research; evaluates existing programs and individual clients;


May serve as member of reception, admissions/diagnostic team or classification committee in corrections institution;


May plan curriculum and provide training or consultation to community based agencies;


May supervise lower level staff.

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 Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited school or department of psychology.

Class Specification History

New class.  Civil service reform replaces title and class code, formerly 38130 Psychologist 3; adopted March 10, 2005, effective June 1, 2005.
Salary adjustment; adopted June 30, 2017; effective July 1, 2017.