State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PSYCHIATRIC CHILD CARE COUNSELOR 3
Class Series Concept
See Psychiatric Child Care Counselor 1
Has decision-making authority and consults with the clinical treatment team and medical staff when warranted;
Provides leadership, supervision, orientation, and mentorship of assigned Psychiatric Child Care Counselors;
Facilitates ongoing competency assessment and evaluation of Psychiatric Child Care Counselors;
Monitors and supervises baseline staffing levels throughout the campus and contributes to overall staffing and attendance activities;
Oversees ongoing educational and professional development activities of Psychiatric Child Care Counselors;
Oversees and supervises the overall execution of the cottage program to ensure that a therapeutic milieu is maintained;
Acts as a liaison to other departments (i.e. security, school, recreation therapy, dietary, custodial, etc.) and assists in coordinated efforts including but not limited to hiring activities;
Conducts preliminary investigations and provides input on critical incident reviews along with recommended corrective actions;
Investigates and mediates parent and/or community partner concerns, grievances, and complaints;
Oversees the facilitation of both individualized and continuous therapeutic interventions, when clinically necessary;
Performs the duties of the lower levels in the series;
Performs other duties as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: relate to a broad spectrum of emotionally, socially, and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents; function as an integral part of a team, deal with stressful situations in a positive and non-punitive manner; be aware of the possibility of highly volatile situations and be able to intervene in psychiatric crises quickly and appropriately, plan and supervise both on and off campus activities; communicate effectively orally and in writing.
The incumbent must possess and maintain a current Agency Affiliated Counselor or higher counseling related credential from the Washington State Department of Health.
Three years as a Psychiatric Child Care Counselor 1.
Two years as a Psychiatric Child Care Counselor 2.
Class Specification History
Revised definition: 6-10-77
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 7-1-99
Revised minimum qualifications: 2-11-2000
Revised minimum qualifications: 3-12-04
New class code: (formerly 56090) effective July 1, 2007
Base range salary adjustment (from 51 to 55): adopted June 29, 2022, effective July 1, 2022
Created distinguishing characteristics, revised definition, typical work, knowledge and skills, and legal requirements: adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023