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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER CLINICAL SPECIALIST

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MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER CLINICAL SPECIALIST
352F
Category: Social Services

Definition

Provide treatment, participate in data collection and research, and perform case management functions for a clinical specialty area such as geriatrics, children, disabled, ethnic minorities, or eating disorders.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, provide specialized mental health services for a clinical specialty area.

Typical Work

Provide specialized mental health services in a clinical specialty area; 

Provide consultation to other Mental Health Practitioners in clinical specialty area; 

In the specialty area, assist in the development of training programs and provide training for other Mental Health Practitioners; 

Perform Mental Health Practitioner duties; 

May provide direction to other Mental Health Practitioners, volunteers, or students; 

Perform 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 

AND 

Two years as a Mental Health Practitioner or equivalent, one of which must be in a clinical specialty area. 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 6192) effective July 1, 2007

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