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 Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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 respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization 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 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). 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: 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-13 (Full-Performance Level): At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the followings KSAs: 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. *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 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard dated February 7, 2018. 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. Physical Requirements: Patient care that includes such physical demands as light lifting (under 15 pounds), reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (.5 hours), standing (.5 hours), both legs required, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, both eyes required. ["**Current, permanent VA employees or Federal employees from other agency, should apply to CBST-11478626-22-DL**\n**If you are a past/current/upcoming VHA Health Professional Trainee Graduate, please apply to CBST-11478626-22-DL** ** This is an Open Continuous Announcement, and will be open until filled. Candidates will be reviewed and referred every two weeks, beginning 5/25/2022.** The incumbent will use the most appropriate evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care involving individual and group psychotherapy, development of individualized treatment recommendations, setting of treatment goals, utilization of specialized approaches with groups, as well as numerous other skills available to the experienced clinical psychologist. As a provider experienced in behavioral treatment of chronic pain, the incumbent may consult with and participate in treatment planning within Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Service and Mental Health (MH)/Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (SUD IOP). Providing urgent and emergency care to Veterans is expected of all staff members.\nDuties include, but are not limited to: Provides consultation to the PM&R Service interdisciplinary pain team, and Opioid Safety Initiative committees with direct relevance to assessment related to chronic pain and related headache, and/or treatment of the same; Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues and is involved in program evaluation activities; Participates in developing and maintaining an effective relationship between the PM&R Service, Primary Care Mental Health Integration team (PCMHI), and the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) within the Alexandria VA Health Care System (AVAHCS); Provides therapeutic interventions including but not limited to: cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, clinical hypnosis, biofeedback, relaxation training, and other evidence-based behavioral medicine interventions; Timely completion of all clinical charting, clinical reminders, performance measures, and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate; Serving on task groups or administrative committees related to the Opioid Safety Initiative, PM&R, Psychology, SUD IOP, or AVAHCS at the direction or approval of the Chief of Psychology, AVAHCS. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 502-00211-F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Jonathan.Brasfield@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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