This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). For more information, please see the Duties Section Below. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be offered to a highly qualified candidate. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/29/2022. 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 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 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. Preferred Experience: Highly skilled in conducting homicide threat and risk assessments Highly skilled in working with disruptive and aggressive patients and in deescalating high intensity situations Highly organized, reliable, thorough, and timely in meeting deadlines Has experience conducting presentations and education for large audiences Has experience with coordinating a VA program and ensuring compliance with all relevant directives and policies Grade Determinations: GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level): Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate 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. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. ["The Staff Psychologist serves as a Workplace Violence Prevention Program (WVPP) Coordinator under the Chief of Behavioral Health for the specific programs and committees related to workplace violence prevention in the El Paso VA Health Care System (EPVAHCS).\nThese highly visible positions are integral to the effective implementation of VA policies, procedures, and activities associated with employee education and both intervention and prevention of violence in the workplace. The Program Coordinator: is responsible for management of the clinical aspects of the Workplace Violence Prevention Program at EPVAHCS including the Employee Threat Assessment Team (ETAT), Disruptive Behavior Committee (DBC), Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior (PMDB) Program, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP), Disruptive Behavior Reporting System (DBRS), Code Green Team, and the Workplace Behavioral Risk Assessment (WBRA). is responsible for informing and writing policies, procedures, and program guidelines in the development, planning, operations, and continuous performance improvement of all components of the WVPP in the EPVAHCS. adheres to service standards regarding matters of timeliness, accuracy, and compliance with procedures and quantity of work produced. forms and maintains a cohesive team of staff from a variety of disciplines and supervisory chains of authority to ensure targeted and evidence-based efforts to ensure the safety of the EPVAHCS. collaborates effectively with the Executive Leadership Office, VA Police, and the Office of Inspector General on an ongoing basis. maintains a close partnership with the National WVPP Program and a close working relationship with community partners in public safety and organizational safety. maintains Certified Threat Manager (CTM) status by demonstrating professional development and continued involvement in the threat assessment and management community through membership activity, volunteer leadership, education, and/or instruction. coordinates, chairs and co-chairs the inter/multidisciplinary Threat Assessment Teams including the Employee Threat Assessment Team (ETAT) and Disruptive Behavior Committee (DBC). Physical Requirements: Light Lifting/Carrying under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing (up to 6 hours); Repeated bending, 15 minutes; Climbing, 1 hour, both eyes required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision, correctable at 13\" to 16\" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Staff Psychologist (WVPP Coordinator)/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be offered to a highly qualified candidate.\nThis 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. The VISN 17 EDRP Coordinators can be reached at VISN17EDRP2@va.gov\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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