Psychologist-Stress Disorder Treatment Program (Recruitment Incentive up to 29K)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Topeka, Kansas, Kansas
Internal Number: 734623600
Provides clinical and team-based services on the RRTP for PTSD [Stress Disorder Treatment Program (SDTP)] . This residential rehabilitation program provides treatment for PTSD and comorbid disorders. Treatment is provided from a multidisciplinary, recovery-oriented perspective. Primary modalities utilized for PTSD care include assessment, treatment planning, psychoeducational teaching, group therapies, EBP-based trauma resolution therapies and EBP-based individual therapies. 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 Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. Education Requirement - You must 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. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship Requirement - You must 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, 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, 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, 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). NOTE: 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: Candidates must 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. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. Grade Determinations: GS-13 Experience: At least 2 additional years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a full range of patient populations. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. Preferred Experience: Treating PTSD and EBPs, psychotherapy, and VA experience References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualifications Standard dated February 7, 2018 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Physical aspects associated with work required of this assignment are typical for the occupation and would generally not require a pre-placement examination. ["The PTSD-RRTP Stress Disorders Treatment Program (SDTP) is one of the best residential programs in the nation. The SDTP was selected as one of eight programs nationally for the implementation and expansion of massed Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) Delivery . SDTP offers rolling admissions with treatment completed in 5 weeks. The psychologist is expected to be a clinical leader on the multi-disciplinary team providing Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) as the primary trauma focused EBP's delivered in both group and individual formats. Preferred experience includes competency in both EBP's, but training opportunities will be provided. The psychologist will administer, score, and interpret psychological assessment tools designed to assist with differential diagnosis as well as inform patient care. The psychologist will have the opportunity to mentor and supervise trainees as part of the APA accredited psychology internship program. This includes serving as a member of the Psychology Training Committee as well as providing teaching/training seminars. VA Eastern Kansas offers many additional opportunities for career growth and service. We are committed to ongoing growth in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We are a High Reliability Organization (HRO) focusing on patient safety and process improvement. We are dedicated to Whole Health, staff development, and work-life balance. Come join our dedicated team sharing our passion for Veteran-centric mental health treatment. Additional and/or collateral duties may be assigned by the direct supervisor, Chief of Psychology, and/or Behavioral Health Service Line Manager (BH SLM). Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm CST Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000/Psychologist Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) is 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. Contact Julie.Steakley@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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