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. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.g, this part.) 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. 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. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND 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. (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. 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. Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) Experience. At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 5. 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. Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance, Level) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated KSAs. 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. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. An applicant may be selected in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. ["The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) position is part of the Mental Health Patient Care Center structure at James J. Peters VA Medical Center. This position serves the hospital as a whole and the SPC works to meet the needs of Veterans at risk for suicide and staff providing care to the Veteran wherever they may be in the hospital system. The SPC provides specific support to the Mental Health Patient Care Center Director, all Mental Health and associated programs, Social Work Service, the Acute Psychiatry Unit, and other areas of the hospital to include Primary Care, Specialty Care, and other clinical settings if a Veteran is identified to be experiencing suicidal ideation or high-risk behaviors and requires enhanced case management. They plan, develop, implement and oversee all aspects of the Suicide Prevention Program. Program Coordination/Clinical Responsibilities\n- Track and report all suicide attempts and completions at their facility, including the submission of a monthly report to the National Suicide Prevention Coordinator.\n- Activate and manage all Category I Patient Record Flags as it pertains to High Risk for Suicide and ensuring that Veterans who meet criteria for high risk for self-directed violence are appropriately identified.\n- Participate in the Environment of Care (EOC) Safety Survey and assist in determining actions that should be taken to improve the acute psychiatry unit environment.\n- Establish and maintain relationships with local and state suicide prevention organizations, local crisis line organizations, and local Veteran Service Organizations (VSO's).\n- Develop partnerships with the facility Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Coordinator, Patient Safety Manager (PSM), Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Team/Coordinator, local Vet Center staff, and local mental health program managers and teams.\n- Monitor and manage Veterans Health Administration (VHA) performance monitors, metrics, and measures related to Suicide Prevention Program to assure they are met or exceeded\n- Establish performance and outcome standards for the facility Suicide Prevention Program that promote quality and efficiency of services in coordination with goals established by the medical center, VISN, and VA Central Office.\n- Develop policy and procedures to ensure compliance with the Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and other accrediting bodies and regulatory standards as needed.\n- Identify and assesses needs to a wide range of Veterans at risk for suicide (and their families) and works collaboratively with facility, VISN, or other VA staff or community partners to develop and implement solutions.\n- Develop a data-driven continuous quality improvement program with established goals and outcomes to evaluate and document the program's effectiveness.\n- Ensure the Suicide Prevention Program is interdisciplinary and fully integrated into inpatient and outpatient mental health and medical programs.\n- Identify gaps in program activity or services as it pertains to suicide prevention and develops a plan - in consultation with facility staff to generate the best possible resources to meet these clinical or administrative needs. Provision of Clinical Care and Oversight of Care Coordination\n- Ensure contact is made with Veterans identified as surviving a suicide attempt or who are identified as being high risk for self-directed violence. The SPC will also provide \"enhanced care\" model of prevention and maintain effective communication.\n- Document, when appropriate, the nature of clinical encounters, plans, and follow-up actions in the medical record.\n- Ensure continued contact and monitoring with Veterans identified as high risk for suicide to assure continuity of care and appropriateness of treatment.\n- Ensure that all Veterans identified as high risk for suicide completed a Safety Plan documented in CPRS and that the Veteran is provided with a copy of the Safety Plan. Patient, Stakeholders, and Staff Education\n-Provide Operation S.A.V.E. training or other approved \"gatekeeper\" training, to all non-clinical staff who have contact with Veterans\n.-Responsible for delivering other suicide prevention related trainings at the request of the facility.\n- Ensure the medical center is in compliance with all VHA requirements for staff training and education related to Suicide Prevention and awareness for both clinical and non-clinical staff Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRetention Incentive: After 90 days of employment in this position, you may be authorized for a retention incentive.\nFunctional Statement #: 24335-F\nEDRP Authorized: Contact VISN2EDRPCoordinators@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more\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.