Staff Psychologist, Mental Health, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA. The psychologist provides a full range of brief psychological and behavioral health services within the Primary Care Mental Health-Integration (PCMHI) clinic. The PCMHI clinic is co-located within the general Primary Care clinic to provide same-day access and warm handoff opportunities to primary care patients in need of Mental Health assessment/intervention. 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: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Licensure. Applicants 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. Education. Applicant 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 applicants are 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; 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: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and 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. Internships. Applicants 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 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. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grandfathering All persons employed in VHA as a psychologist effective February 7, 2018, are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education (i.e., degree and internship requirements) and licensure/certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. All others who did not meet this criteria will be reviewed based on the handbook referenced below. Grade Determinations: GS-11 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements listed above. GS-12 Experience: Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). In addition, the candidate must 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. 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 Experience: Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. Knowledge of clinical research literature. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. 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.References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18- Psychologist Qualification Standard. 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 requires the Staff Psychologist to be independently mobile throughout the medical center as needed. Significant time is spent reading (charts, reports, etc.), documenting in the computerized patient record, and verbally communicating with patients, colleagues, supervisors and/or community partners. Some ambulating between campus offices/sites, bending, pushing, and lifting (moderately heavy) may be involved. The Staff Psychologist should be capable of prolonged movement and be physically capable of reading patient records/reports, documenting all clinical encounters in the patient computerized record, and to speak/communicate clearly and effectively in English. ["The incumbent for this position should have a background in health-psychology and integrated care, and should be able to conduct brief, problem-focused assessments for a variety of presenting concerns, including functional assessments of behavioral health problems related to medical conditions. Provision of brief, evidence-based behavioral interventions such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Problem Solving Therapy (PST), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, insomnia, and promoting health behavior change is also essential to this position. The incumbent will regularly provide consultation to Primary Care staff on a wide variety of patient behavioral health issues, and will routinely provide didactics and clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including psychology interns and health psychology fellows in our APA-accredited programs, as well as medical residents. Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including appropriate selection of assessment instruments and methods leading to sound diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Provides services based on the results of psychodiagnostic assessment such as intervention development and treatment planning. Performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological disorders and behavioral problems including problematic health health-related behaviors, substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders, but with emphasis in psychological/behavioral problems related to medical issues. Provides a full range of evidence-based individual, group, and family interventions. Provision of evidence based psychotherapies such as Motivational Interviewing (Ml) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the purpose of enhancing health behavior change and treatment of psychological problems related to medical conditions is a requirement of this position. Provides supervision of trainees and unlicensed or mid-level clinical professionals conducting direct clinical care. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. In addition to outpatient care provided on-site, psychologist must be certified in the provision of telehealth forms of care, including facility-to-facility and home telehealth services. Remains involved in program development, evaluation and/or research activities. Provision of clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology: Graduate students Interns Fellows Provides administrative duties including: Scheduling of veteran appointments Returning phone calls Charting patient care Placing referrals for patient care Tracking patient care Attending organizational meetings. Work Schedule: Monday Thru Friday - 8am to 4:30om\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 90076A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required NOTE: This is an open and continuous announcement. Applicants will be reviewed each Monday until the announcement closes."]
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.