The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) is located within the service line of Behavioral Health Services (BHS) at the Wilmington VA Medical Center. 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. 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: (1) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (2) 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 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 ORVHA 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 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 - 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 for a period not to exceed two years. English Language Proficiency - Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. GRADE DETERMINATIONS: GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. 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 above, the candidate must demonstrate all of 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. 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 (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 (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.). Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of 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 literature. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G18 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. ["Clinical: Provides direct, recovery-oriented clinical services including comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others Provides behavioral health services via Telehealth technologies, as appropriate Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. e. Complies with all Computer Patient Record System (CPRS) documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes, closing out encounters within 7 days, signing off on notes within 6 days) Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan including assessments, for an assigned caseload of patients Promotes the opportunity for Veterans with SMI to identify and pursue their goals (e.g., through personal recovery plans, partnering with providers in directing their overall treatment, and recovery and peer-led groups whether on-site or off-site) Ensures skills training is available to WVAMC Veterans with serious mental illness, whether on-site, off-site, by referral, or by telehealth In collaboration with the Whole Health Coordinator, provides oversight to the Peer Support provider that is the LRC's direct report to support the program to facilitate whole health wellness intervention Administrative: Functions as a champion and advocate for the recovery model and the recovery ombudsman to the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of Behavioral Health Services (BHS), program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery orientated services, including discharge planning from long term therapy Coordination of the evaluation of recovery implementation at the facility and reporting results to the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC). With guidance from the NRC, the LRC will implement measures to access recovery policy and procedure and adherence, as well as assess the extent that the recovery model is embodied in BHS programs Oversight of the SMITREC Re-engage Project and related metrics, as determined Develops an ongoing facility education plan for providers, including but is not limited to; recurrent didactic presentations about elements of recovery (e.g., person-centered, strengths-based, comprehensive, integrated, family and ally involvement) and recovery implementation by experts; recurrent presentations by recovering individuals, especially Veterans; information about community mental health support groups and other resources and how to make referrals; information about VA and national recovery materials and resources and how to access these; information about VA sponsored trainings and education on recovery (e.g., how to communicate recovery to patients and families); availability of recovery posters and brochures; training on cultural competency; and development and coordination of local recovery training as needed Develops an ongoing education plan for Veterans and their families, including but is not limited to; recurrent didactic presentations about recovery by experts; recurrent presentations by recovering individuals, especially Veterans; information about community mental health support groups and other resources and information about how to become involved with improving mental health care for Veterans through the Veteran's Advisory Council (VAC) Serves as a consultant to BHS programs and recovering Veterans in development of peer support groups, consumer counseling, and consumer operated services, as per local needs and resources. When available, community resources should be utilized Serves as a resource for information about VA-sponsored trainings and education on recovery (e.g., how to communicate recovery to patients and families. Serves as a resource for information about VA national recovery materials and resources and how to access these Ensures availability of recovery-based materials for providers and Veterans and their families Serves as a resource for information about community mental health support groups and other resources and easy access to these. k. Assists with VA, regional, or local recovery-oriented trainings, meetings, or conferences as needed Serves as the BHS Liaison to WVAMC's Veteran's Advisory Council, as well as the Mental Health Summits for Delaware and New Jersey and for various community organizations, such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Authorized - for qualified applicants\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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