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. 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 for; 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). 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. 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: 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 additional 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. Preferred Experience: Formal training and/or work experience with populations with diagnoses of PTSD and/or addiction disorders, or those who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma or Intimate Partner Violence. Training and experience in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and/or evidence-based interventions for addictive disorders, MST, IPV, or PTSD (e.g., MET, Contingency Management, PE, CPT, STAIR, Strength at Home, RISE, etc.), and other modalities as appropriate for the specialty population. Interdisciplinary team experience. Experience in program development and program outcomes evaluation References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is a 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: This position is primarily sedentary in nature. It requires English language proficiency in accordance with Public Law 102-585, and the ability to effectively communicate in verbal and written formats. ["The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, Psychology Service, is actively recruiting for qualified Psychologist candidates for immediate opportunities to join our team in specialty mental health services for Veterans. We are committed to inclusive hiring to maintain a broadly diverse workforce that is reflective of our community. Research opportunities are widely available, and most Psychologists are actively involved in our pre- and post-doctoral APA-accredited Professional Psychology training program. Present opportunities are for psychologists to work in PTSD/Trauma Related Care and Addiction Treatment settings at Wade Park, including: Military Sexual Trauma (MST) program Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) program PTSD Clinical Team Veterans Addiction Recovery Center. The Staff Psychologist duties include: Providing specialized, recovery-oriented psychotherapy services to Veterans with PTSD, Addiction, or those who have experienced Military Sexual Trauma or Intimate Partner Violence, in outpatient, intensive outpatient settings, and/or residential settings. The incumbent will demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of all persons in respect to age, gender, ethnicity, developmental requirements, and culturally-related factors. Providing a full range of assessment and evidence-based, trauma-informed care interventions for Veterans with complex mental health conditions and psychosocial challenges. Assessing risk of harm to self, harm to others, and/or violence within relationships and developing safety plans with Veterans as clinically indicated. Providing consultation, training, lectures or workshops to trainees, mental health staff, medical staff, and others in the community when requested to do so. Work Schedule: Four days 8:00am - 4:30pm, or 7:30am - 4pm and One day 10:00am - 6:30pm or 10:30am - 7:00pm Compressed/Flexible: Will be considered for highly qualified applicants Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #s: Specialty Mental Health: 92461-A (11), 92462-A (12), 92463-A (13); Addictions: 91183-A (11), 91185-A (12), 91148-A (13); PTSD: 91176-A (11), 91177-A (12), 91149-A (13) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. EDRP Authorized: Contact Christopher.Murphy6@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. 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