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 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. Internship: 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: 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: Must be proficient in spoken and written English. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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). Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance) 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G18. Qualification Standards for Psychologist. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; walking; standing; operation of motor vehicle; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability ["The Neuropsychologist functions at the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. This position is located in the Mental Health Service Line and serves to provide neuropsychological services to the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service Line. Neuropsychologist for the Mental Health Service Line: - The Neuropsychologist will do the neuropsychological testing as referred. - The Neuropsychologist will do psychological testing as referred. - The Neuropsychologist will provide inpatient evaluations on medical floors, and inpatient psychiatry as referred. - The Neuropsychologist will provide capacity evaluations as referred. - The Neuropsychologist will provide evaluations at any of the Salisbury VAMC locations as needed. - The Neuropsychologist provides individual and group psychotherapy to veterans involved in various programs if referred. - The Neuropsychologist participates in treatment planning, case conferences and collaborative efforts as needed. - Timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. - Assist patients with process for the request for release of records, return telephone calls, linking of services, and appropriate referrals as needed in a timely fashion. - With permission from patient, collateral consultation with significant others/ support systems to aid in the facilitation of patients' treatment. Teaching and Training (Not to Exceed 25% of time): - Provides Clinical Supervision to Post-Doctoral Fellows, Psychology Pre-doctorial Interns and Masters level trainees. - Is involved in the Psychology Training Program and is a member of the Psychology Training Faculty. - Assists in the training programs for other professions, and other professions trainees as appropriate. This includes medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows, and other graduate or post-graduate trainees. - Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues to include patient's decision-making capacity regarding health care. - Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. - Assists in preparation of RFP's and grant proposals, as assigned. - Serves on medical center committees and departmental committees as requested **Recruitment incentive may be authorized Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Ad Hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist (Neuropsychologist)/PD1553FA Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized"]
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