VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) is accepting applications for three full-time permanent GS-11-13 psychologists. All positions will be aligned with the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program of the Primary Care Service line. 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 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. 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. Grade Determination: Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-11 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic requirement 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. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Dated February 7, 2018. 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-11 to GS-13. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to exercise a high degree of emotional and mental discipline at all times in order to continue to carry out duties effectively. This is especially necessary during time periods when the incumbent encounters significant or extreme duress as a result of interactions with patients. ["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. A Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a program that provides comprehensive longitudinal primary care in the homes of veterans with complex chronic disabling diseases. The care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team comprised of medicine, nursing, social work, occupational therapist, physical therapist, registered dietician, pharmacy, and psychology. HBPC manages patients with multiple interacting chronic medical problems requiring inter professional and longitudinal intervention to maintain health status, slow functional decline, and reduce or delay institutionalization. Applicants to all positions may be eligible for: - Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) benefits - Part-time tele-work, depending on patient and programmatic needs - Faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School or Boston University School of Medicine, Commensurate with experience. VA BHS is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and appreciates the benefits of having trainees and staff that represent a wide array of diverse groups across a variety of domains. We believe that having a wide range of diversity and intersectionality represented by our staff and leadership will help to increase the quality of training and the services provided to Veterans. Individuals historically underrepresented in the field of psychology, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; Veterans; individuals with disabilities; and LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse individuals, are especially encouraged to apply. This Clinical Psychologist position is in the Primary Care HBPC service at the VA Boston Healthcare System, located at the Plymouth, MA location. This position is full time at 40 hours per week. This Clinical Psychologist will provide direct clinical care including psycho- diagnostic and capacity evaluations, individual psychotherapy, risk assessment, caregiver support, and be involved in clinical training (e.g., practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows). This Psychologist will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely screening and documentation requirements, and will also participate in various service, committee, and departmental meetings. PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section. Major duties and responsibilities include: 1. Provide services to the families of veterans with dementia being served by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment. For example, family members may be trained to better manage behavioral problems associated with dementia; such training may allow the HBPC team to reduce use of psychoactive medication as a means of controlling behavioral problems. 2. Consults with mental health staff and other medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. 3. Completes administrative functions, including report and progress note writing, and attending staff and organizational meetings. 4. Works in compliance with local and national performance measures. 5. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by local and national guidelines. 6. Upon credentialing, provides clinical supervision to psychology trainees. 7. Geropsychology training and/or experience preferred. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Authorized Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #: PD910870, PD910869, PDF04668, and PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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