CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
This is psychological work of limited scope and difficulty administering a variety of psychological
tests and applying psychological techniques in the evaluation and treatment of prison inmates or children
and youths. Testing and interviewing prison inmates or children and youths and providing psychological
information to other agency staff are significant aspects of the work.
Work is performed under the direction of a Director of Correctional Professional Services of
Social Work Administrator. Employees in this class also receive technical guidance from more advanced
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Administers, scores and interprets tests of intelligence, educational attainment, personality factors,
vocational aptitude, and learning disabilities; reviews literature to determine testing methods and
techniques; consults with other psychologists on test administration techniques and results interpretation.
- Prepares reports on psychological examinations for use in educational and vocational guidance
and psychotherapy; prepares reports on testing requested by social services staff or required by the course
as part of sentencing; may prepare written recommendations pertaining to inmate eligibility for work
release status; prepares written recommendations pertaining to the development of service goals for
inmates or children and youth.
- Conducts individual psychotherapy using a variety of treatment approaches and methods;
determines and maintains appointment schedules for inmate therapy sessions; may refer inmates with very
severe psychological problems to more advanced level psychologists or a referring inmates, children, and
youth with severe psychological problems to appropriate psychiatric units for treatment.
- Meets with inmates or children and youths undergoing acute extreme emotional stress; evaluates
inmates' or children's and youths' problems; decides whether intensive treatment is needed.
- Provides consultative services to social workers, correctional officers, and other agency staff in
regard to particular inmate or children or youth problems; recommends appropriate psychological
literature for prison or social service staff review.
- Prepares individual case histories for inmates or children and youths tested or undergoing therapy.
- Attends and participates in psychology or social service staff meetings; discusses cases in
progress; discusses and participates in the distribution of the testing and psychotherapeutic workload.
- May supervise student interns in routine testing and casework.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- psychological test administration techniques and standard test forms, devices, and procedures used
to measure intelligence, educational attainment, personality factors, vocational aptitude, and
- standard classifications of mental illness and abnormal behavior patterns.
- psychological tests evaluation methods and techniques.
- personality structures and development.
- the application of psychological theory and techniques in psychotherapy.
- the sources of information and current literature and research in the field of psychology and
- administering a variety of psychometric examinations.
- conducting psychotherapeutic interviews.
- interpret psychometric test scores.
- make sound recommendations based on psychometric data and personal interviews.
- prepare written case histories and test evaluations.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental officials, associates,
social workers, and others.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
(The following statement represents the
minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.
Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience
requirements as approved on 9/82.)
Or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience which has included a
master's degree in an acceptable field as an educational minimum.
- Completion of a master's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course
work in psychology which shall have included courses in psychometrics.
- One year of supervised paid psychological experience in a clinic or counseling agency involving
diagnostic evaluation and therapy or guidance.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Certification by the State of Pennsylvania's Department of Education as a School Psychologist at the time of appointment if required by work assignment.
PAY RANGE: EP17
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 9/1982
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 4A11