Staff Psychologist (Community Outpatient Mental Health Clinics)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Internal Number: 699813400
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. 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 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: Training and experience in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and/or evidence-based interventions for relevant specialty populations. 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. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 29, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be every Friday until the positions are filled. The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, Psychology Service, is actively recruiting for dedicated Psychologists in communities across northeast Ohio, who are interested in working as core members of Veteran-centered outpatient mental health teams. The VA is a leader in holistic, recovery-oriented, evidence-based care, and we are committed to inclusive hiring and maintaining a broadly diverse workforce reflective of our communities. Research and professional growth opportunities are widely available. We have immediate openings in our Willoughby, Youngstown, Ravenna and Mansfield clinics, and recruitment incentives will be considered for highly qualified candidates! The Staff Psychologist duties include, but are not limited to: Providing psychological services to a panel of Veterans with complex, often co-morbid mental health disorders, including Depression, PTSD, Substance Abuse, Schizophrenia and other chronic, serious mental health illnesses, demonstrating 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 patient care psychotherapy interventions, including evidence-based individual and group therapy, as well as couples and family education and support interventions. Utilizing psychometric instruments and structured interviews to provide a full range of psychological diagnostic services and generating psychological reports. Providing consultation on complex cases; serving as an expert psychological resource within an interdisciplinary team, and providing consultation to other medical and/or mental health staff on a wide range of patient care issues, including the development or evaluation of mental health intervention programs. Developing and implementing interventions and the clinical evaluation of outcomes for these interventions. Providing training, lectures or workshops to trainees, mental health staff, medical staff, and others in the community when requested to do so. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Compressed/Flexible: Compressed or alternate work schedules will be considered. Telework: Part-time Telework available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91189-A (GS-11), 91190-A (GS-12), 91156-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates EDRP Authorized: Contact Christopher.Murphy6@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.