Occ. Code 6161230

                                                      

                                                                              

PSYCHOLOGY ASSISTANT 3, GRADE 16      

       6161230

PSYCHOLOGIST 1, GRADE 21  

6160110

PSYCHOLOGIST 2, GRADE 23  

6160120

ASSOCIATE PSYCHOLOGIST, GRADE 23

6160400

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

            Positions in this title series provide professional psychological services to individuals residing and receiving services in New York State-operated, certified, or licensed programs and facilities under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or other appropriate licensed clinician.  Incumbents in these positions design, develop, and administer psychological tests; conduct psychological evaluations; develop and implement plans of treatment for individuals, groups, and families; participate in and lead individual, family and group counseling sessions; write progress reports; and maintain a wide variety of records.  The purpose of these activities is to prevent or eliminate symptomatic, maladaptive or undesired behavior; enhance interpersonal relationships, personal or group effectiveness; and improve behavioral health and/or mental health.

 

            These positions are classified in various State agencies, with the majority of positions serving in facilities and community programs operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).  Incumbents in all of these settings perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of a facility and/or location to which they are assigned.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

PSYCHOLOGY ASSISTANT 3:  entry level; assists higher-level psychology staff in performing professional psychological services.

 

PSYCHOLOGIST 1:  full performance level; provides professional psychological services under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or other appropriate licensed clinician.

 

PSYCHOLOGIST 2:  senior clinician; performs duties similar to those of a Psychologist 1; works with individuals receiving services that present the more complex behavioral and/or mental health problems; and may provide administrative supervision to lower-level psychology staff.

 

ASSOCIATE PSYCHOLOGIST:  senior clinician; performs duties virtually identical to those of a Psychologist 2.  Appointment at this level requires possession of a doctoral degree in a field of psychology. 

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

            Licensed Psychologists supervise and/or provide professional psychological services in accordance with the scope of practice for psychologists as defined in Article 153, Section 7601 of the New York State Education Law.  As licensed clinicians, Licensed Psychologists independently perform the full range of activities associated with the profession.  In addition, they provide clinical leadership and consultation to unlicensed psychology staff; conduct forensic or court-ordered assessments and provide expert testimony; design and conduct specialized psychological evaluations; and may serve as a program administrator and/or assistant to a Principal or Chief Psychologist.

 

            Licensed Master Social Workers 1 and 2 supervise and/or provide professional social work services in accordance with the scope of practice for licensed master social workers as defined in Article 154, Section 7701 of the New York State Education Law.  Incumbents in these positions apply social work theory, principles, and methods to assess and evaluate individuals needs and strengths; administer tests to measure psychosocial functioning; formulate and participate in the development and implementation of treatment plans; participate in and lead individual, family, and group counseling sessions; advocate on behalf of person receiving services; and supervise and perform case management functions.  The purpose of these activities is to address mental, social, emotional, behavioral, developmental, and addictive disorders, conditions and disabilities, as well as the psychosocial aspects of illness and injury experienced by individuals residing and receiving treatment in State-operated, certified, or licensed programs and facilities.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

PSYCHOLOGY ASSISTANT 3

 

Assist higher-level psychology staff in performing professional psychological services.

 

·        Assist in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological tests.

·        Assist in the conduct of psychological evaluations.

·        Participate at treatment team meetings and assist in the development of treatment plans.

·        Participate in individual, family and group counseling sessions.

·        Prepare reports and maintain a wide variety of records.

 

PSYCHOLOGIST 1

 

Perform professional psychological services under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or other appropriate licensed clinician.

 

·        Design, develop, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests.

·        Conduct psychological evaluations.

·        Participate at treatment team meetings and assist in the development of behavioral/treatment plans.

·        Participate in and lead individual, family and group counseling sessions.

·        Prepare reports and maintain a wide variety of records.

 

PSYCHOLOGIST 2/ASSOCIATE PSYCHOLOGIST

 

Perform any/all of the duties of a Psychologist 1.

 

Work with individuals receiving services that present the more complex behavioral and/or mental health problems.

 

May provide administrative supervision to lower-level psychology staff.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

PSYCHOLOGY ASSISTANT 3

 

Open-Competitive:  possession of a Masters Degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college or university which prepares graduates for master's level psychologist positions in clinical or community mental health settings.  The degree program must have included a psychology practicum or externship.

 

PSYCHOLOGIST 1

 

Open-Competitive:  possession of a Masters Degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college or university which prepares graduates for master's level psychologist positions in clinical or community mental health settings; including a psychology practicum or externship; and one year of supervised post Master's Degree psychology experience.

 

PSYCHOLOGIST 2

 

Open-Competitive:  possession of a Masters Degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college or university which prepares graduates for master's level psychologist positions in clinical or community mental health settings; including a psychology practicum or externship; and two years of supervised post Master's Degree psychology experience.

 

ASSOCIATE PSYCHOLOGIST

 

Open-Competitive:   possession of a doctoral degree in a field of psychology; and either completion of a one year, full-time clinical internship or traineeship; or one year of psychology experience in a clinical setting, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

 

 

 

 

Date:  11/09

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.