The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the Veterans Intensive PTSD program at the American Lake Division(s) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The psychologist's primary duties involve providing psychological assessment, treatment, and treatment plan development of Veterans with a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 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. 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: (1) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (2) 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. Internship. 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 ORVHA 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. Provide copy of licensure. 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 for a period not to exceed two years. English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: GS-11 Staff Psychologist Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12 Staff Psychologist Experience. At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) which includes diagnosing disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may include research. 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 KSA's: 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 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance) 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 a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety 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, Part II, Appendix G18, Qualification Standards for Psychologist. 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: Light carrying (Under 15lbs.), Use of fingers, Both hands required, See computer screen, hearing (aid permitted), working closely with others, Working alone. ["Duties of the Psychologist include but are not limited to:\nGS11/12 (Graduate Psychologist)\nThe unlicensed Graduate Psychologist appointed by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System shall be an academically and clinically prepared health care professional capable of performing within their respective scope of practice under the supervision of a fully licensed psychologist. The Graduate Psychologist shall always perform within this scope of practice and shall not exercise independent authority. The Graduate Psychologist must obtain a current, active and unrestricted license to practice in any State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia within two years from appointment (or, prior to promoting to a GS-13 grade- whichever is sooner). The Graduate Psychologist is authorized to provide the services outlined in their respective Scope of Practice. The Graduate Psychologist cannot be granted independent privileges under this position title. Instead, duties will be performed under a Scope of Practice authorization. Consults with the supervisor regarding any unusual clinical situation that may be encountered. Examples include, but are not limited to, dangerous behavior exhibited by\npatients or crises that require supervisory oversight. The Graduate Psychologist is designated an official Managing Licensed Psychologist/ Clinical Supervisor responsible for ensuring that VHA and Facility policies are followed for all aspects of the Graduate Psychologist involvement within their\nrespective scope of practice. The official Managing Licensed Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor need not be physically present when patient care is being provided; however, must be readily available for consultation by telephone or other electronic means. When the official Managing Licensed Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor is absent from the Facility, the Chief/Deputy Chief, Psychology Service (or, designee) shall designate a Managing Licensed Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor. The Graduate Psychologist is an agent for his/her Managing Licensed Psychologist/ Clinical Supervisor. As the Managing Licensed Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor bears final responsibility for the appropriateness of all acts of psychological care, the Graduate Psychologist must always function within his/her Scope of Practice. GS13 Psychologist (Full Performance Level)\nProvides comprehensive psychological assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment program, including services for patients with complex psychopathology requiring advanced psycho-diagnostic skills. Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions. Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment. Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation. Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center. Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist. Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols. Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions. Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line. Preferred Experience: Psychologists with formal evidence based treatment for PTSD including: PE and/or CPT training preferred. Adapts evidence-based care to meet the unique needs and experiences of Veterans with diverse backgrounds and identities. Work Schedule Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm (possible evenings and weekends)\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist/PD000000\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.