New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals

Psychology Assistant 3/Psychologist 1/2

Written Test To Be Held
May 10, 2008
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
April 17, 2008


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
24-968 Psychologist 1 $52,643 G-21 $35
24-969 Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language) $52,643 G-21
24-970 Psychologist 2 $58,406 G-23 $35
24-971 Psychologist 2 (Spanish Language) $58,406 G-23
24-972 Psychology Assistant 3 $40,424 G-16 $30


Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $1,302 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $651 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before May 10, 2008, you must have a master of psychology degree from a regionally accredited college or university which prepares graduates for master's level psychologist positions in clinical or community mental health settings; AND the degree program must have included a psychology practicum or externship. You must indicate the practicum or externship on the open-competitive examination application (OC-APP) or attach an additional sheet if necessary.

If applying online you must indicate the practicum or externship in the space indicated for course work. You must also indicate the date of degree on the application for review of post-master's degree experience. Applications without required information will be disapproved. You will be required to provide verification of degree and practicum or externship at time of interview. Do not submit copies of your official transcript with your application.

A Certificate of Advanced Study or its equivalent is not a master's degree and is not qualifying as a degree.

In addition to the above requirements: for Psychologist 1 & 2 and Psychologist 1 & 2 (Spanish Language), you must indicate you have had supervised post-master's degree experience in a clinical or community mental health setting* providing primarily psychological services as follows:

For Numbers 24-968 and 24-969: Psychologist 1 and Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language): one year of supervised post master's degree psychology experience*

For Numbers 24-970 and 24-971: Psychologist 2 and Psychologist 2 (Spanish Language): two years of supervised post master's degree psychology experience*

Substitutions for post-master's degree experience: Completion of a full-time one year pre-doctoral internship or traineeship in a clinical or community mental health setting* may be substituted for one year of post master's degree experience. A doctoral degree in psychology may be substituted for two years of post master's degree experience.

* For the purposes of these examinations: Experience in a clinical or community mental health setting is considered to be any direct care experience with individuals, families, or groups in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, licensed psychologist, licensed physician, or licensed psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or licensed clinical social worker. Qualifying experience must primarily include performing diagnostic psychological evaluations or assessment tests, developing and writing psychological treatment plans, providing psychological counseling and treatment in one or more of the following areas: mental and/or emotional disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, alcoholism, addictions, sex offender assessment and treatment, or forensic mental health.

In addition, experience in experimental psychology, research psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, utilization review, guidance counseling, as a habilitation specialist, pastoral counseling, or experience as an instructor of psychology will NOT be considered as qualifying.

Non-qualifying master's and doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to the following: degrees in education, counseling, clinical counseling, clinical hypnosis, community counseling, educational counseling, forensic counseling, guidance counseling, human relations, marriage and family counseling, professional counseling, rehabilitative counseling, school counseling, student and personnel services, mental health counseling, psychological counseling, pastoral psychology, transpersonal psychology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, industrial or organizational psychology.


  1. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S1JFG.
  2. A promotion examination is also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
  3. Although promotion examinations are being held for Psychologist 1, Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language), Psychologist 2, and Psychologist 2 (Spanish Language), it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.
  4. If you pass the examination for No. 24-969, Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language); or No. 24-971, Psychologist 2 (Spanish Language), you will be required to demonstrate your Spanish language proficiency at a level that will ensure your ability to perform properly the duties of the position. Only enough candidates to fill current vacancies will be called to the proficiency test.
  5. If you hold a doctoral degree in psychology, you may also be interested in applying for any of the following examinations: No. 20-254, Associate Psychologist; No. 20-256, Associate Psychologist (Spanish Language); No. 20-872, Associate Psychologist - Forensic Mental Health; or No. 20-873, Associate Psychologist - Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment. Applications for Associate Psychologist examinations are accepted continuously and ratings of education and experience are held periodically.
  6. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  7. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

Psychologist 1 and Psychologist 2 positions exist in the facilities and community programs of the New York State Offices of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Children and Family Services, and in the Departments of Education, Health, and Correctional Services. Psychology Assistant 3 positions exist primarily in the New York State Offices of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. The lists established as the result of this examination will be used to fill other positions which may be established in additional agencies of New York State.

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As a Psychology Assistant 3, you would, under the close supervision of higher-level psychology staff and as a member of a treatment team, assist in administering psychological tests and in conducting psychological evaluations and research. You would also assist in the development of treatment plans and you may be required to counsel individuals and assist in individual, family, and group therapy.

As a Psychologist 1 or Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language), you would, under the general supervision of higher-level psychology staff and as a member of a treatment team, perform psychological evaluations; develop and implement plans of treatment for individuals, groups, and families; provide technical direction to program staff; maintain records; and write reports.

As a Psychologist 2 or Psychologist 2 (Spanish Language), you would, as a member of a treatment team, perform duties similar to those of a Psychologist 1, but would handle more complex problems and situations and would have greater responsibility and independence. You may also act as a program administrator and supervise subordinate staff.

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Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:

  1. Preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
  2. Psychological assessment tools and techniques - These questions test for knowledge of such areas as standard psychological assessment tests, functional assessment of strengths and weaknesses, dual diagnoses and the multiply impaired, psychological rehabilitation, multicultural issues, evaluating readiness for discharge, and consultation with team members. Questions may relate to children, adolescents, and/or adults.
  3. Psychological concepts and theories - These questions test for knowledge of such areas as basic theories of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and chemical dependency; basic concepts in human development; diagnosis and clinical intervention; self-help and recovery; professional ethics; psychosocial support; and consent to treatment. Questions may relate to children, adolescents, and/or adults.
  4. Developing, implementing and evaluating treatment - These questions test for knowledge of such areas as standard treatment modalities and issues for individual, family, and group therapy; family and recipient involvement in treatment; evaluating treatment efficacy; prevention and continuity of care; treatment of individuals who are multiply disabled; case management and staff training. Questions may relate to children, adolescents, and/or adults.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.

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Reissued: 3/21/08

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