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. 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. **This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until 9/29/2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be 06/23/2023. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.** 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. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3. Education (1) 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 (2) 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 (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND (4) Internships (a) 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 (b) 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 (c) 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 (d) 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 (e) 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. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard. 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. (1) 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 Determinations: 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 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 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 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 Experience: ABPP Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology or completion of 2 year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103 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-11 to GS-13. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["Provides neuropsychological and psychological assessment services to Veteran patients in response to consultation requests, originating from providers throughout the Health Care System. The primary duties and responsibilities are to practice independently in the provision of such assessment services, and to communicate findings and recommendations to referring providers, patients, and caregivers as appropriate. Additionally, within the scope of practice as a psychologist, the incumbent may diagnose mental disorders, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. This psychologist also consults with Health Care System staff on a wide variety of patient care issues, and may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities. Provides an advanced level of neuropsychological assessment in response to consultation requests by providers throughout the SLCHCS to aid in differential diagnosis, treatment, and recommendations for Veterans with cognitive and/or neuropsychological dysfunction. Obtains and evaluates personal, educational, and vocational histories, and reviews medical and psychiatric records for pertinent data. Administers, scores, and interprets neuropsychological assessment tests and measures, as well as other psychological assessment tools as clinically indicated. Prepares comprehensive assessment consult reports. Conducts feedback sessions with Veterans and their significant others on assessment results and recommendations utilizing advanced knowledge of neurological and behavioral health conditions, and appropriate interventions. Utilizes a broad range assessment techniques, including clinical interview, selection and use of research-validated procedures and research-informed approaches (reflecting motor, sensory, neurocognitive, intellectual, and/or psychological measures) sensitive to brain-behavior relationships, dysfunction, and identification of capabilities and capacities. Completes directed consults and provides consultation to providers regarding the cognitive functioning and psychological status of referred veterans. Provides recommendations for interventions, rehabilitation, psychoeducation, and/or advocacy that targets the Veteran's cognitive, sensory or motor function loss, as well as the impact of such factors as pain, sleep problems, cognitive deficit adaptation, day-to-day function, health and adherence factors impacted by cognitive dysfunction, psychological coping, somatization, and level of maximal effort. Provides individual, family, or group psychotherapy/counseling in conjunction with multidisciplinary treatment and discharge planning; interventions will be determined by patient needs, utilizing a variety of accepted treatment techniques. Must be knowledgeable regarding and able to apply empirically supported interventions Provides training and/or clinical oversight of psychology interns, psychology practicum students, and unlicensed graduate psychologists. Involved in the training of medical students, psychiatric residents, and nursing students as appropriate Participates in the monitoring of performance measures that pertain to Mental Health Service. Responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by Mental Health Service and the VASLCHCS. Participates in program-wide outcome evaluation studies. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Ad-hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:GS-11 52332O, GS-12 52330, GS-13 52334O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Mykia.Hopkins@va.gov the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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