Psychologist (Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Internal Number: 621059100
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 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: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Education: (1) 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. 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. 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. 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) 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, (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. Licensure: 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. NOTE: IF LICENSED, THEN LICENSE MUST BE PROVIDED AT TIME OF APPLICATION. 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). Preferred Experience: Experience working in (PC-MHI) Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, and trained in evidence based psychotherapy such as CBT, CBT-I, PST, or ACT. Grade Determinations: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level): Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. 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 or education above, the candidate must demonstrate 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 procedures4. 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. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for the respective grade levels, please be specific in describing duties performed which demonstrate that you possess the KSAs required for the position/grade level, we may not make assumptions regarding your experience). References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dtd Feb 7, 2018. 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: The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. In addition, you are subject to additional medical requirements that involve federal motor vehicle operation. The candidate selected may need to successfully complete a preemployment examination prior to appointment. ["If you ARE current, permanent VA employee, Federal employee from another agency, or current/past/upcoming VHA HPT graduate, you should apply under: CBST-11289323-22-AH TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION FOR DETAILS. KSAs MUST BE DEMONSTRATED IN YOUR RESUME. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND REFER BACK TO IT OFTEN WHEN WRITING YOUR RESUME. The incumbent serves as a Staff Psychologist with the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) Care Team in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Services (PRRS) program under the Psychiatry Service at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks(VHSO) located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. As a member of the PRRC, the Psychologist provides recovery-oriented care to Veterans with severe and persistent mental illness (SMI).Duties in may include but are not limited to: Applies knowledge of recovery principles and evidence based psychotherapeutic (EBP) techniques in the assessment and treatment of patients. Assists patients in partnering with the interdisciplinary team to establish recovery goals and promote hope for recovery and increasing independence. Incorporates evidenced based psychotherapies, social skills training, CBT for psychosis, and/or other discipline appropriate techniques. Provides educational services to the family support systems of patients with whom they work in order to facilitate and generalize treatment gains. Collaborates with other related specialists to research, develop and implement programs to measure patient satisfaction. Tracks and trends data related to recovery oriented/SMI service delivery and patient outcomes, to include but not limited to the efficacy of prescribed treatment modalities. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological disorders. Provides psychological assessments and individual and group psychotherapy for patients in the PRRC. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and family psychotherapy, caregiver stress support and evidenced based treatments for psychological disorders. Diagnoses mental disorders, conducts psychological or neuropsychological assessments, and treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM.\nTelework: May be Authorized.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Jerry.Duncan2@va.gov, or Jennifer.Isbell-Gross@va.gov, EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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