Psychologist - Behavior Health Interdisciplinary Program
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 658201200
Staff psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological 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. Primary responsibilities will be psychological assessments, treatments, and the clinical functions described below in a Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) setting. 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 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. 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. Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-13 Level: At least 2 additional 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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G18 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. Physical Requirements: Work is primarily sedentary, but requires use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); sitting (up to 8 hours); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); light lifting (under 15 pounds); mental and emotional stability. ["Major duties include, but may not be limited to: Clinical Responsibilities: Individual Psychotherapy, including Evidence-Based Psychotherapy; Clinical / Diagnostic Interviews; Psychological Testing; Objective/Projective/Intelligence/Safety/Risk; Group Psychotherapy; Specialized Treatment of Substance Abuse; Specialized Treatment of PTSD Conditions; Behavioral Assessment; Compensation and Pension examinations; Brief psychotherapy within medical clinic settings; Perform routine VISTA and CPRS functions as a clinical provider; Complete directed consults and discuss with attending physician regarding management; Participate as a member of the Clinical Treatment Team(s); Additional Behavioral Health Responsibilities as needed. Provides direct care and performs specialized treatment of complex physical and mental illness for Veterans in the Behavioral Health clinical settings at Lebanon or its Community Based Outpatient Clinics, or within the Primary Care setting. Services are primarily provided in the Community Based Outpatient Clinics but may also involve providing care in other outpatient clinics, the emergency department, Primary Care offices, inpatient wards or community settings at any of the Lebanon VAMC locations. Administrative Responsibilities: Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation, and proper patient check-out/workload capture procedures; Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Behavioral Health and Sciences Care Line; Completes any administrative duties as assigned by ACOS or supervisor; Participates with colleagues on program evaluation projects designed to provide information regarding relevant treatment approaches; Completes assigned administrative duties; Serves on any assigned medical center committees. May perform other duties as directed. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #: Psychologist - Behavior Health Interdisciplinary Program / 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.