This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Education: (1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. OR (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions:(a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. OR (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND (4) Internships:(a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR (b) New VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR (c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR (d) Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.) OR (e) Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. Licensure: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Exception. Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: Must be able to perform mental health evaluations for a diverse population including geriatric and post-deployment combat veterans, who are mentally ill and who may have psychosocial issues such as homelessness, unemployment, or a poor family support network. Must be able to provide a full range of therapeutic interventions including diagnostic assessments, suicide risk assessments, crisis intervention, treatment planning, psychotherapy, and overall care of patients with mental health disorders. Self-starter and able to manage a full panel of patients both remotely and in person. Must be able to utilize electronic medical records as well as computer-based communication technologies to share information with other staff and in the care of Veterans. Grade Determinations: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience: None above the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) Experience. At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level). Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance, Level) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level). *See Education section for references and physical requirements of this position. ["This is an open continuous announcement. Applicants will be reviewed and referred as they apply. The announcement will remain open until 006/30/2023 unless filled sooner. If you are a current, permanent VA employee, Federal employee from another agency or Health Professional Trainee (HPT), you should apply under CBST-11935230-23-ER. The MHC is an outpatient specialty mental health program that provides care to Veterans who have been diagnosed with myriad of mental health concerns. Clinical care within the MHC is provided within a recovery framework that emphasize a whole health approach to treatment, built upon a foundation of evidence-based practice and trauma informed care. Within this framework, the focus of treatment extends beyond mere symptom reduction to also include improved overall quality of life and wellness. The duties of a Staff Psychologist - Mental Health Clinic (MHC) include but not limited to: Clinical Responsibilities (up to 100% of time): 1. Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. 2. Provides the full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions including, time-limited individual, long-term individual, family, group psychotherapy, and crisis management. 3. Provides consultation to professional staff within CAVHS and to community providers concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. 4. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others. 5. Performs evaluations for an outpatient mental health clinic and inpatient psychiatric populations. 6. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of notes. 7. Functions independently as a member of the CAVHS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. 8. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. 9. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. Administration (up to 10% of time): 1. Participate fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided in the organization. 2. Identify patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals. 3. Assure that appropriate referrals to specialty programs, including community resources, are accomplished. 4. Fully accountable for practice, including entering patient visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards. 5. Collaborates with the treatment team in the ongoing implementation and improvement of any MHS initiative, program, or plan. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Authorized Virtual: This is a not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD598-00271-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.