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 Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: 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 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 applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. INTERSHIP 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. 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). GRADE DETERMINATIONS: GS-11 Clinical Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level): Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. ASSIGNMENT: Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. GS-12 Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level): 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 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. ASSIGNMENT: Psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. GS-13 Clinical Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance Level): at least 2 additional years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. ASSIGNMENT: At this level, psychologists are licensed to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions. REFERENCES: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The job requires sitting, walking, standing, and bending. Selected applicant will be required to complete an online on-boarding process. ["The position is assigned to the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) within the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center of the VA Central Virginia Healthcare System (CVHCS).The Clinical Psychologists primary responsibility is for the provision of psychotherapy services through a Specialty Mental Health Clinic (MHC) at a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in the Central Virginia VA Health Care System, which may include Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Henrico, Emporia, or other locations. He/She will be expected to provide psychological assessment services and evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising psychotherapies consistent with provision of care guidelines for Veterans presenting with a broad spectrum of psychological problems and psychiatric symptoms.\nCLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES:\nDiagnoses mental disorders and conducts psychological and/or cognitive function assessments and neuropsychological screenings and assessments. Treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provides adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and group psychotherapy, couples therapy, family therapy, consultation, telemental health, and psycho-education. Provides evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising psychotherapies. Provides evidence-based and evidence-informed individual and group psychotherapy for military and non-military trauma, including combat, sexual trauma, accidents, violence, and natural disasters, among others.\nConsults with medical center and CBOC staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). NONCLINICAL DUTIES: A. Academic/Teaching/Training: May provide clinical supervision, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology. May be involved in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee. May serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients.\nB. Admin/ Program Evaluation: Member of CBOC Mental Health Treatment Team, assessing and diagnosing patients, developing treatment plans, and making recommendations regarding treatment plans to other members of the treatment team. Is involved in program evaluation activities. Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team to which the incumbent is assigned. Facilitates liaisons with other mental health and health care programs to effectively coordinate services. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings. Participates fully in peer review and quality improvement reviews of other psychologists at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System and its CBOCs. May serve on Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. May represent Psychology on decision-making committees at the Medical Center or Healthcare System. May actively participate in leadership roles on local, state, and national professional organizations. Represents the Medical Center of Healthcare System at professional/program community group events and committees. Other duties as assigned.\nWork Schedule: 7:45am - 4:30pm - Monday - Friday\nTelework: Available - AD HOC\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000 GS-11 - GS-13 Clinical Psychologist\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Hector France at email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.