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 To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2022. 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. Education: 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). 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; and, (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internships: 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. 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. 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. 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met. Grade Requirements: GS-13 Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. 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. Preferred Requirement: Completed a 2-year post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically 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 in the range of GS-13 to GS-13. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although may require extreme patience in controlling one's emotions. The work may require using appropriate technique to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled clients and may include lifting them. Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that involves everyday risks or discomforts which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, offices and meeting rooms. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled. There may be occasional risk of physical harm that may require special precautions and training. ["RECRUITMENT AND RELOCATION INCENTIVES MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES. This position functions primarily as a neuropsychologist for the Mental Health Care Line, which encompasses both the inpatient and outpatient divisions. In addition, the neuropsychologist may be asked to support interdisciplinary treatment teams in the Community Living Centers and serve as a consultant to other Care Lines in the facility. Work is primarily in support of activities managed by the Mental Health Care Line Manager and Chief Psychologist, but the incumbent may also provide support as requested to other areas of the hospital, as well as to various training programs located at the facility. Clinical Neuropsychology is a specialty in profession of psychology that applies principles of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of human behavior and cognition as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. Major duties and responsibilities include: This position is located at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center, providing Psychological Services in support of the Mental Health Care Line. The incumbent provides professional consultation pertaining to human behavior, determining the reasons for that behavior and predicting and/or modifying the behavior. The incumbent works individually or as a member of a multi disciplinary treatment team to provide recommendations, and/or treatment plans concerning psychological and neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Performs psychological and neuropsychological assessment, evaluation and treatment of patients with problems of cognitive deficits, personality, emotional adjustment or mental illness. Performs psychotherapy with patients, either through individual sessions or through group therapy sessions. Uses therapeutic techniques. Through neuropsychological testing, clinical interviews, and observation, assesses intelligence, behavior and personality variables. Plays a major role in differential diagnosis of functional and organic disorders. Administers a wide variety of group and individual psychological tests including neuropsychological instruments. Administers and interprets neuropsychological test batteries. Uses a variety of intelligence, neuropsychological, and personality assessment measures. Serves as an authoritative source of information in the use and interpretation of tests to differentiate between functional and organic damage to the patient. Is capable of using a wide range of psychological devices and is capable of supervising others in their use. Provides verbal feedback on assessment results, diagnosis and recommendations to the patient and/or their family/caregiver/guardian. Writes clear, concise reports in response to consultation requests. Provides expert consultation to other units or organizations with regards to test administration and evaluation. Provides Evaluative Support to a large population of clients affiliated with the installation or for a particular client base. Conducts interviews, uses rating scales, questionnaires or other measurement devices or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition. Has developed an expert professional mastery of the assessment tools available to effectively diagnose abnormalities or variations thereof in the specialized area of neuropsychology. Assists in developing new assessment or measurement devices for the specialization. Provides a practical research environment for assessment in the specialization. Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday)\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 91728-0\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Kevin Smith at Kevin.Smith2@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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