The incumbent in this position has a primary responsibility for the provision of psychotherapy services through a Specialty Mental Health Clinic (MHC) at a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in the Central Virginia VA Health Care System, which may include Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Henrico, Emporia, or other locations. 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: 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 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; (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. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internship: (a) 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 (b) 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 (c) 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 (d) 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 (e) 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. 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: GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18The 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 performed in a clinical setting. Walking, standing, light lifting, typing, carrying, and bending may be required. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103 PART II APPENDIX G18The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. ["CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES (85% OF TIME) Diagnoses mental disorders and conducts psychological and/or cognitive functioning assessments and neuropsychological screenings and assessments. Treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and group psychotherapy, couples therapy, family therapy, consultation, telemental health, and psycho-education. Provides evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising psychotherapies. Provides evidence-based and evidence-informed individual and group psychotherapy for military and non-military trauma, including combat trauma, sexual trauma, accidents, violence, and natural disasters, among others. Consults with medical center and CBOC staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). NONCLINICAL DUTIES (15%) A. Academic/Teaching/Training (5% of time) May provide clinical supervision, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology. May be involved in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee. May serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. B. Admin/ Program Evaluation (10% of time) Member of CBOC Mental Health BHIP Team, assessing and diagnosing patients, developing treatment plans, and making recommendations regarding treatment plans to other members of the treatment team. Is involved in program evaluation activities. Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team to which the incumbent is assigned. Facilitates liaisons with other mental health and health care programs to effectively coordinate services. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings. Participates fully in peer review and quality improvement reviews of other psychologists at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System and its CBOCs. May serve on Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. May represent Psychology on decision-making committees at the Medical Center or Healthcare System. May actively participate in leadership roles on local, state, and national professional organizations. Represents the Medical Center of Healthcare System at professional/program community group/ events and committees. Other duties as assigned. SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: This position is under the direct administrative supervision of the Psychology Program Manager for the CBOCs, who reports to the Associate Chief and Supervisory Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Service. The Program Manager provides guidelines for work assignments that are consistent with the overall mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs, its policies, and its practices. At the GS 13 level, the incumbent is a fully qualified professional and a member of the Medical Staff responsible for independently planning, initiating, coordinating, and carrying out all assigned clinical duties, and work is reviewed only for appropriateness and compatibility with discipline-specific knowledge, skills and abilities, program objectives, accreditation standards, and policies of the Medical Center. The psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services (clinical care, consultation, and education). S/he consults with peers; his/her direct supervisor, and the Associate Chief and Supervisory Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Service, who acts as the approving official for the psychologist to ensure adherence to professional standards of the practice of psychology, as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for training psychology interns and fellows. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS This 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. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Earlier hours may be available) Telework: Ad hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Recruitment Incentives: Authorized to highly qualified candidates. EDRP: Authorized Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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