This position is Recruitment/Relocation incentive eligible for highly qualified individuals The Detroit VAMC is seeking a full-time psychologist to join our group of dedicated mental health professionals. This position will be based in the PTSD Clinic and the psychologist will complete specialized PTSD assessments and provide PTSD evidence-based psychotherapy. 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 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic requirement 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 providing evidenced based PTSD treatment Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. 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: Requires ability to access various treatment settings within the facility. Ability to use computers throughout the day for data input. May require an individual to manage light lifting and carrying (under 10 pounds), climbing stairs as needed, and operation of a motor vehicle. ["Duties include: Provides clinical neuropsychological assessment at all levels of complexity for patients. Provides diagnosis/evaluation of patients presenting with a variety of neurological, psychiatric and medical complaints. Provides full range of therapeutic interventions, including evidence-based behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions for Veteran with TBI or other neurological disorders, as well as other DSM-5 conditions. Provides education to patients, families, and significant others regarding TBI, other neurological or psychological conditions, and makes referrals to other specialists when appropriate. Provides consultation and treatment planning to different departments in the medical center to assist with appropriate treatment expectations regarding the Veterans being referred to neuropsychology. Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address the neurorehabilitation needs of patients. Facilitates transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), and provides seamless intervention services, as appropriate. Assures that appropriate referrals to specialty programs, including community resources, are accomplished. This may include ordering the following consults: Mental Health Programs, (i.e., Addictions, Post-traumatic stress, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Compensated Work Therapy, Homeless, PRRC Program), Vocational Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. Provides psychological assessment and supervision of trainees completing assessment in the Mental health clinic. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training (psychology practicum students, psychology interns/ post-docs, psychiatry residents). Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. Is involved 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. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. Staff psychologists may be involved in research activities, such as preparing RFP's and grant proposal and/or presenting outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meeting or peer-reviewed journals Participates fully in educational development through staff and service meetings. Assumes responsibility for professional development by attending relevant training and by regularly reviewing the literature to improve clinical competencies. Supervises or directly coordinates responses to consultation requests for psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Coordinates scheduling of all referred veterans, supervision of assessments, evaluation of test results, monitoring of test interpretation, and appropriate communication of results to referral sources. Maintains testing equipment, forms, manuals, and materials. Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, as assigned by the Supervisor, Mental Health Outpatient Therapeutic Services or the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. Represents psychology on decision-making committees at the Medical Center or Healthcare System, as assigned by the Supervisor, Mental Health Outpatient Therapeutic Services or the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. Actively participates in local, state and national professional organizations. Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided in the organization. Fully accounts for entering data such as patient visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center, including entering data into the EBP database, if applicable Performs Psychological Police Evaluations as needed. Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday Compressed/Flexible: Available, based on agency needs Telework: Adhoc, based on agency needs Virtual: This is not a virtual position Functional Statement #: 91471A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidate EDRP Authorized: Eligible Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.