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. 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: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education: 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. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR 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: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and The specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR 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. Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship: 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.) OR 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. Grade Determinations: GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level): Experience: At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the 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: A two year Neurospsychology Post-Doctoral experience or equivalent experience All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G18.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: You will be asked to participate in a pre-employment examination or evaluation as part of the pre-employment process for this position. Questions about physical demands or environmental factors may be addressed at the time of evaluation or examination. ["This announcement is open continuous. Certificates will be issued to the hiring manager on a weekly basis until all positions have been filled. Announcement will remain open until all vacancies are filled, and may close sooner than 9/29/2023. This position is located within the Mental Health and Behavioral Service Line. The incumbent serves as Neuropsychologist and also holds neuropsychological assessment specialty privileges, allowing the incumbent to conduct in-depth neuropsychological assessments. The incumbent assumes responsibility for independent professional functioning and regularly works with a variety of complex cases within the assigned areas Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Clinical Responsibilities (80% of time) Provides psychological/neuropsychological assessment, conducting evaluations of psychological functioning based upon available data, clinical interview, psychological tests and instruments, and other structured techniques; it is expected that these services will predominate, and if there is clinical capacity outside of these service needs, the following may also apply: Provides a full range of psychological interventions consistent with training and expertise, with an emphasis on evidenced-based interventions found to be effective with specific presenting problems; Provides assessments, interventions, and feedback/education sessions via in person or virtual modalities; When required for clinical expediency, the incumbent may travel to other NWI locations (less than monthly); Complies with all medical record documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper check-out procedures (e.g. entering diagnostic and procedure codes); Supports other treatment programs within the Psychology Service with a full range of psychological services, if time permits beyond complex neuropsychological assessment duties. For example, this could entail engagement in health psychology assessments such as pre-surgical psychological assessments for potential transplant, implantable device, hormone therapy, or bariatric surgical patients. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues pertinent to area of expertise Academic/Teaching/Training (up to 10 % of time) Provides Psychology Chief or designee with proposals for aligning assessment procedures and materials with the state of the art. This could include assistance with development of standardized assessment procedures for new services and training assistance for Psychology Staff adoption (e.g., assistance with development of ADHD assessment processes), for use by other Psychology staff as part of the Psychology Assessment Service Handbook. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees to assist in psychological case formulation and appropriate treatment expectations regarding the Veterans they serve; May provide direct clinical supervision, training, and oversight to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology (e.g., psychology interns, psychology post-doctoral trainees); May provide training and clinical supervision to trainees in other mental health disciplines, medical students, nursing students, and others, as assigned. Research/Program Evaluation and improvement (up to 5% of time) May be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities; May plan and oversee the completion of personal research programs designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches; May present outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings; May assist in preparation of requests for positions and grant proposals, as assigned Other Significant Responsibilities: (up to 5% of time) May serve on medical center committees or task forces as related to diagnosis, assessment, and/or treatment within mental health programs; May represent the medical center at professional/program/community events and committees; May serve on service, medical center, regional, and/or national committees or task forces related to assigned program; Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Ad-hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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