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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 352G
Category: Social Services


Lead Mental Health Practitioners and provide prescribed treatment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, lead Mental Health Practitioners and other staff; perform clinical duties such as providing treatment, maintaining case records, participating in data collection and research, and case management functions.

Typical Work

Regularly assigns, instructs, and checks the work of mental health practitioners and other staff; makes recommendations regarding performance evaluations; 

Orients, teaches, leads and evaluates professionals, students, and/or volunteers; 

Performs lead co-therapist duties; 

Debriefs students and volunteers; 

Consults with Mental Health Practitioners about clinical issues; 

Performs Mental Health Practitioner duties; 

Performs related 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.

Desirable Qualifications

A Master's Degree in behavioral sciences such as psychology, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, vocational or educational counseling, or social work 


Three years of experience as a Mental Health Practitioner or equivalent. Eligibility for recognition by the State of Washington as a clinical specialist, under the community mental health regulations, may be required. May be required to be eligible for a clinical faculty appointment. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New Class: 5-18-87
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised class code: (formerly 6194) effective July 1, 2007