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: 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, the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System, or the Canadian Psychological Association 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. 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 AP A or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, o The specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. 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. OR, Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND, have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by AP A 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; OR Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by AP A 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. (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. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard.] 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. 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 appointment. Preferred Experience: GS-12 Experience/training in a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Experience/training in the implement effective treatment strategies. Experience/training in 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. Preferred Experience: GS-13 Experience/training in professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. Experience/training in consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. Grade Determinations: GS-11 None beyond the basic requirements GS -12 Experience: 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 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. o 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 Experience: At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 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 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS11 to GS13. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Ability to perform privileges; Ability to independently perform physical exam as appropriate to position; Emotional and mental stability, mostly sitting with some walking; working closely with others. ["Major Duties as Assigned, but not limited to: Graduate Psychologists: Graduate psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological screening 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 crisis interventions. Graduate psychologists consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff graduate psychologists may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities. Staff Psychologist:\nThe staff psychologist holds a state license to practice psychology and has at least one year pre-doctoral work experience and two years post-doctoral work experience as a psychologist in the VHA or a comparable professional setting. The staff psychologist's primary duties involve initial biopsychosocial assessment, treatment planning, case management, group therapy, individual therapy and psychological treatment to Veterans with a wide range of co-occurring disorders, including but not limited to serious mental illness, anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance use, and personality disorders. Graduate Psychologist and Staff Psychologist: Participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team providing a full range of psychological services. Provide individual psychotherapy to Veterans with complete seriously mentally ill problems, especially in regards to adaptation and rehabilitation. Administers/scores or evaluates psycho diagnostic tests, including neuropsychological screening. Contributes to the gathering of assessment information and the development of a detailed treatment plan for Veterans. Other duties as assigned. PCMHI Preferred Experience - PhD\nPreferred Experience: Working in a multi-disciplinary team including mental health and primary care professionals, working in a fast-paced and flexible clinical environment, including the management of walk-ins, warm handoffs, and clinical crises, and working with brief evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices for depression, anxiety, stress, and health-behaviors. Couples and Family Preferred Experience - PhD (Position can be virtual or remote)\nPreferred applicants will have experience with evidence-based family therapies (parent management, child, family systems, etc.)and/or evidence-based couples therapies (IBCT, EFT, etc.) The Psychologist is assigned to the Couples & Family Clinic as a 50% family/child clinician and as a 50% couples clinician in the Mental Health service line. Work Schedule: TBD with Service line\nFunctional Statement #: Psychologist / FS00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nNote: This is a Bargaining Unit Position.\nEDRP Authorized: Please contact Jacob Towner, the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) Coordinator at Jacob.Towner@va.gov. or Contact VHA EDRP Program Support at VHAEDRPProgramSupport@va.gov."]
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