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 - 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 Requirement -You must submit a transcript showing you were awarded the doctoral degree or on track to completing it by time of hire to receive credit. 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 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 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 provide a copy of your transcript, program information and completion date in your resume, copy of current board certification, or 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, as applicable, to receive credit. 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). 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: 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. You must provide an unexpired copy to receive credit. Grade Determinations: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience. At least 2 years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice. To receive credit, you must list hours worked per week and demonstrate your experience through job tasks in your resume AND submit a copy of your unexpired licensure. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience, the candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs in their resume:: 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. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. Preferred Experience: One year of Home Based / Primary Care experience Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist, Qualification Standard dated February 7, 2018. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Must be compliant with the following physical standards and environmental factors: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Straight pulling up to 1 hour; Pushing up to 2 hours; Reaching above shoulders; Use of fingers; Walking up to 4-5 hours; Standing up to 4-5 hours; Kneeling up to 2-3 hours; Repeated bending up to 2 hours; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Mental and Emotional Stability; Outside and inside work area; Excessive noise, intermittent; Constant noise; Dust; Working closely with others; and Working alone. Must be able to operate a Government Owned Vehicle. ["If you are a current, permanent VA employee, or a Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-12029956-23-TC This position serves as a fully qualified staff psychologist, specializing in geropsychology, clinical health psychology, or other related subspecialties, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Integrating care for mental and physical health conditions in older adults will be the focus of treatment for Veterans presenting to the Rehabilitation and Extended Care Line, specifically in the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC). Major duties include and are not limited to: Provides a full range of psycho diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides direct patient contact including psychological assessment and treatment planning, individual psychotherapy/assessment sessions, family/caregiver stress therapy sessions. Performs evaluations for patients with a variety of psychological disorders. Provides psychological assessments and individual and group psychotherapy for patients. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual and family psychotherapy, caregiver stress support and evidence based treatments for a variety of psychological disorders and conditions. Provides supervision of trainees conducting direct clinical care. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Participates in program evaluation and/or research activities as needed. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology to include: Graduate students, Interns, and Fellows. Participates in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee as needed. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. Participates in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Completes all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate, in timely manner. Presents outcome data and research at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings, as appropriate. Assists in preparation of RFPs and grant proposals, as assigned. Serves on Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA Committees or task forces. Represents Psychology on decision-making committees at the Medical Center, VISN or National VA committees. Actively participates in leadership roles on local, state, and national professional organizations. Represents the Medical Center or VISN at professional/program community group/events and committees. Drives a Government Owned Vehicle to travel to residents' homes and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) to complete job duties. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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