Staff Psychologist - General Mental Health Clinic (GMHC)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Houston, Texas
Internal Number: 655451500
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 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. Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities: 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. GS-13 Level: at least 2 addition 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 demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 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: 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: Experience in outpatient general mental health clinics working with Veterans with serious mental illness such as psychosis-spectrum disorders or mood disorders Experience with evidence-based psychotherapies and incorporating outcomes measures into treatment Psychological assessment experience. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: This work is primarily sedentary. 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. ["Current, permanent VA employees, current/past/upcoming VHA Health Professions Trainee (HPT) Graduate, or Federal employees from another federal agency should apply under CBST-11504818-22-LG. This position serves as a fully qualified staff psychologist in the General Mental Health Clinic (GMHC) in the Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC). The function of this position is to provide care to Veterans with serious mental illness presenting to the CBOC or its MEDVAMC partner programs. Psychologists in this position work with patients who present primarily with psychotic spectrum disorders that may comorbid with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and other conditions described in the DSM as needed. They provide diagnostic assessments and evidence based psychotherapies for these conditions. Case management services for high risk patients are also provided when appropriate. Care is delivered in and the Psychologist will work as member of an interdisciplinary treatment team comprised of psychiatrists, nursing staff, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologist, marriage and family therapists, pharmacists, social workers and other disciplines when present. Major duties include the following but not limited to: Provide biopsychosocial diagnostic assessments to Veterans with a wide range of mental health concerns. Provide time-limited, recovery-oriented, and goal-focused individual, couples/family, and/or group evidence-based or evidence-informed psychotherapies and interventions. Incorporate measurement-based care to track treatment progress and use the results to inform shared-decision making about treatment direction with Veterans Develop and update treatment plans to reflect recovery goals and objectives, functioning, and treatment needs/response. Provide emergency/crisis assessment and intervention services including ER/inpatient care transfer for therapy/intake Veterans experiencing acute psychological crises who may need hospitalization. Provide consultation to BHIP treatment team members on patient care issues. Collaborate with Suicide Prevention Coordinators, Behavioral Health Program, inpatient, ER, and specialty mental health programs such as PCT, SDTP, PRRC, MHICM to ensure Veterans receive a seamless transition to appropriate services. Facilitate enrollment and discharge planning from therapy or the General Mental Health Clinic (GMHC) to the appropriate level of care/service. Provide clinical supervision to unlicensed staff and trainees providing direct clinical care. Utilize tools and resources related to reporting and evaluation (i.e., dashboards, measures, note templates with health factors, etc.) to comply with national, regional, and local performance measures related to suicide prevention, access to care, quality of care, etc Work Schedule: Monday - Saturday; 07:30 am - 8:30 pm (evening and/or Saturday hours are required)\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 580-00036-F, 580-00037-F, 580-00038\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Demetrius.Roberts@va.gov , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\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.