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Staff Psychologist (General Psychosocial Program)

-Conduct interviews, uses rating scales, questionnaires or other measurement devices, or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition.
-Consult with a senior psychologist and medical staff to determine a psychological diagnosis.
-Conduct comprehensive assessments: interviews, observations, personal histories, or uses other assessment measurement devices to gather information that portrays the client's mental health.
-Screen, assess, diagnosis, and treat depressive disorders, anxiety-related disorders, and serious mental illness, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of evidence-based.
-Provide psychological prevention services to residents at significant risk for psychological problems.
-Conduct psychological testing and interpretation for compensation and pension evaluation.
-Provide individual and group psychoeducational interventions to support residents that are coping, with feelings of grief and loss associated with disability and other life transitions.
-Promote communication and interactions between medical team members, interns, resident to facilitate the media treatment process.
-Evaluate the results and provides sound diagnostic conclusions.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, may need to work occasional nights and weekends
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
This position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program, depending on the type of employment, schedule, amount/type of qualifying debt, and funding availability. The employee will begin to receive the benefit upon acceptance into the program - not backdated to the date employment begins. Please contact VHAMIWEDRP@VA. GOV for more information.
Basic Requirements (entry level grade is GS11):
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Proficient in spoken and written English.
Education: Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in a specialty area other than school psychology OR
doctoral degree in any area of psychology and in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting the following conditions: (A) The respecialization program must be completed in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program; and (B) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must coincide with the assignment/position. (please provide transcripts) OR a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
Internship: Completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed. OR
Completed a new VHA psychology internship program that was in the process of applying for APA accreditation and was sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time I was an intern. OR
Completed a full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internship at a VHA facility prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979). OR
Completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed, however currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area consistent with the assignment/position. OR
Doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. In addition, completed the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. (New!) Note: If the internship experience is not noted on your official transcript, you 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.
License: Possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. (not required at the GS11, nor GS12 grade level)
Preferred Experience: Psychologist with experience in Evidence-Based Practices for treating MST, PTSD, and/or using DBT.
Grade Determinations: GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, one or more years of clinical experience either by post-doctoral employment or employment as a professional psychologist where you diagnosed mental disorders, conducted psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treated mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provided adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Unlicensed psychologists practiced under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. In addition, able to demonstrate the following KSAs:
- 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.
Grade Determinations: GS-13: Possess at least 2 years of progressive experience as a psychologist. In addition, able to demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, dated February 7, 2018, Psychologist qualification Standards.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS11 to GS13.
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary and is usually accomplished while the employee is comfortably seated at a desk or table. Some walking and standing may occur in the course of a normal workday in connection with attendance of meetings and conferences, or while researching files. Items carried typically are light objects such as briefcases, notebooks, and data processing reports.
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.



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