The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) will oversee, facilitate, and promote the recovery-oriented practices, at all levels of the mental health care organization so all who have a mental health condition have the essential services and support to live, work, learn and participate fully in the community. This position is located under MH&BS Product Line at the Lyons Campus of VANJHCS, where they report directly to the Associate Chief of Staff /Mental Health and Behavioral Science. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.g, this part.) Education 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. 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: (a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (b) 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. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internships 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. 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. Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) 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 KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 5. 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. Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance, Level) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. An applicant may be selected in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. ["The LRC functions as a champion and advocate for the recovery model. The LRC also serves as a recovery ombudsman to the MH Director, program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery oriented services. In conjunction with the Mental Health Director, the LRC develops a 3-5-year plan for the facility that identifies staged implementation of recovery-oriented services (e.g., use of recovery plans). The LRC is responsible for coordinating the evaluation of recovery implementation at the facility and reporting results to the NRC. With guidance from the NRC, the LRC will implement measures to assess recovery policy and procedure adherence, as well as assess the extent that the recovery model is embodied in the MH programs. The LRC develops a facility recovery education plan for providers. The ongoing education plan for providers includes, but is not limited to, recurrent didactic presentations about elements of recovery (e.g., recovery plans) and recovery implementation by experts; recurrent presentations by recovering individuals, especially veterans; information about community mental health support groups and other resources and how to make referrals; information about VA and national recovery materials and resources and how to access these; information about VA sponsored trainings and education on recovery (e.g., how to communicate recovery to patients and families); availability of recovery posters and brochures; training on cultural competency; and, development and coordination of local recovery training as needed. The LRC develops an ongoing education plan for veterans and families which includes, but is not limited to, recurrent didactic presentations about recovery by experts; recurrent presentations by recovering individuals, especially veterans; information about VA and community mental health support groups and other resources; and, information about how to become involved in improving mental health care for veterans through the Consumer Council. The LRC serves as consultant to MH programs and recovering veterans in development of peer support groups, consumer counseling, and consumer operated services, as per local needs and resources. When available, community resources should be utilized. The LRC devotes 25 percent of their time providing Clinical services by applying professional psychologic treatments to the full range of patient populations. This includes but not limited to 5% of their time addressing Seriously Mentally Ill population reintegration and Reach Vet contacts; 20% providing psychotherapy services in the Mental Health Clinic. The LRC provides professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. The Local Recovery Coordinator:\n-Maintains knowledge of clinical research literature.\n-Advises ACOS/MH&BS on filling peer specialist positions and serves as a consultant to peers' specialists.\n-Assists with VA regional or local recovery-oriented trainings, meetings, or conferences as needed.\n-Serves as a MH Liaison to the facility VAC.\n-Provides an annual report on implementation progress to ACOS/MH&BS, VISN Mental Health Program Manager, and the NRC; other reports will also be prepared as requested.\n-Meets monthly via conference call other VISN LRCs to coordinate a network response to recovery implementation and implementation of Central Office (CO) policies and procedures related to recovery.\n-Meet monthly via national conference calls with LRCs to help facilitate and coordinate recovery efforts at the local facility.\n-Meets monthly with VISN Recovery Advocates to coordinate VISN-wide recovery efforts.\n-Participates in facility MH leadership meetings and policy planning groups.\n-Provides Individual and group therapies as needed.\n-Uses word processing software to execute several office automations functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail.\n-Uses the Veterans' Health Information and Technology Architecture (VISTA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System.\n-The LRC may be assigned the responsibility for providing coordination within the VISN and serving as a Point of Contact to the National Recovery Coordinator and National Recovery Advisory Committee. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm: Telework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist/PD21Y62O\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\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.