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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 362D
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

See 362A.


This is the supervisory or expert level of the series. Directs and coordinates all activities, including supervision of doctoral level staff, in large psychology department having a multi-functional program; within a Division of Developmental Disabilities residential facility or Division of Mental Health hospital is responsible, institution-wide, for developing, implementing and monitoring performance standards, policies and procedures to ensure cross-unit standardization and quality control in psychological services; or plans, organizes and directs the administrative and therapeutic programs for a mental health residential facility.

Typical Work

Supervises doctoral level psychologists in an institution; directs and coordinates work of psychologists with that of other institution service programs;

Serves as psychological consultant to Clinical Director, Superintendent and medical staff on problems involving psychological services;

Plans, executes, and participates in treatment programs;

Serves as consultant to diagnostic, intake, treatment, and disposition staff;

Provides individual and group psychotherapy to patients;

Does psycho-diagnostic testing of patients and employees;

Participates in training and education of institution staff in psychological field;

Interviews patients' relatives and enlists their aid in rehabilitation of patients;

Participates in clinical staff meetings;

Submits reports to superintendent on activities and problems of psychology programs;

Serves as consultant resource to Ph.D. level unit psychologists;

Designs, conducts, and analyzes research projects;

Sets standards, policies and procedures for facility-wide psychological services;

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

Positions at this level require a license to practice psychology in the state of Washington.

Desirable Qualifications

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


Three years of post-doctoral psychology experience, including one year of experience supervising other professional psychologists


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

Class Specification History

New class. Civil service reform merges 38160 Psychologist 5 and 38200 Psychologist 6; adopted March 10, 2005, effective June 1, 2005.
Shadow class established, range 81; adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023