Psychology Program Coordinator (Opioid Treatment Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Hines, Illinois
Internal Number: 653973900
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. Learn more Basic Requirements: The following are the basic requirements and qualifications for appointment as a Psychologist. 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. 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. Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-11 Level: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities: 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 Level: at least 2 addition 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. Preferred Experience: Specialized skills in assessment, education, and interventions relating to treatment of substance-use disorder. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist qualification Standards, dated 2/7/2018. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Note: Evidence of experience, must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Please provide such documentation on your application or resume. Also, please provide work experience information such as hours per week and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish one (1) full year of experience. The requirement for this proof is specified in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. To be credible, experience must be documented in the application and verifiable through employment references and/or other means. Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary and is usually accomplished while the employee is comfortably seated at a desk or table. Some walking and standing may occur in the course of a normal workday in connection with attendance of meetings and conferences, or while researching files. Items carried typically are light objects such as briefcases, notebooks, and data processing reports. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. ["Psychologist, (OTP) Opioid Treatment Program The incumbent serves as a Program Coordinator for the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) at the Edward Hines Jr. VA. The program provides specialized, complex, highly professional opioid use disorder treatment services to patients enrolled in OTP. The incumbent helps to ensure the efficient day-to-day operations of the OTP program in collaboration with the Medical Director of OTP. This includes administrative oversight of many OTP operations, management of referrals, program evaluation, and performance improvement. Program coordination responsibilities include working jointly with the Medical Director to oversee compliance with all applicable VHA Handbook, Joint Commission, federal, and state standards. Program Coordinator assists in developing and implementing program standard operating procedures, policies and procedures; patient tracking; and risk and safety assessments. Additional duties will include regular data monitoring including ensuring completion of Performance Improvement measures; monitors patient complaints and compliments; and working cooperatively with other substance use programs. Program Coordinator Responsibilities (40%) The Program Coordinator will assist in planning, developing, implementing and overseeing clinical services in OPT, Opioid Treatment Program. This includes administrative oversight of many OPT operations, management of referrals, program evaluations, and performance improvement. Program coordinator responsibilities include working jointly with the Medical Director to oversee compliance with all applicable VHA Handbook, Joint Commission, federal and state standards. Program Coordinator will assist in developing and implementing program standard operating procedures, policies and procedures; data monitoring; patient tracking; and risk and safety assessments. Essential Clinical Responsibilities (60%) The Psychologist has knowledge and skill in a full range of psychological services to include psychological assessment, diagnostic, and evidence based treatment services pertaining to substance-use related disorders. The Psychologist has familiarity with the full range of DSM5 clinical presentations, with specific understanding of substance-use related and associated disorders. Experience in providing evidence-based psychotherapies for substance use disorders including but not limited to CBT-SUD. Knowledge of most current clinical assessment and psychotherapy research literature as it pertains to areas of specialization (Substance-use and associated disorders) and clinical privileges. The Psychologist has knowledge of assessments related to substance-use disorders. The Psychologist has knowledge of thorough risk assessment and mental health crises procedures. Knowledge of cultural and individual diversity issues as they may apply to patients with substance-use disorders. Ability to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of understanding. Ability to demonstrate excellent customer service skills toward both patients and co-workers. Ability to provide education to patients, family members of patients, professional staff and trainees. Knowledge of cultural and individual diversity issues as they may apply to areas of specialization and clinical privileges. Preferred Experience: Specialized skills in assessment, education, and interventions relating to treatment of substance-use disorder. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (may be able to offer some flexibility)\nTelework:No\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact the EDRP Coordinator, Eva.Gennara@va.gov for questions/assistance"]
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