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 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). 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. 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. Grade Determinations: Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-13 (Full-Performance Level): At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the followings KSAs: 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. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. 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 as part of an interdisciplinary team References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard dated February 7, 2018. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Patient care that includes such physical demands as light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds), reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), requires completion of Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior (PMDB), Basic Life Support (BLS), ability to read computer, documents etc. Operation of a motor vehicle to travel to Veterans homes will be required. ["The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Psychologist is administratively within the Mental Health Service. The HBPC Psychologist functions as part of an interdisciplinary team and is responsible for diagnosis of mental disorders, conducting psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, providing psychotherapy through a variety of modalities and providing adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Duties include, but are not limited to: Provides screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of psychiatric disorders with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches in the patient's home environment; Collaborates with the Veteran to establish goals with an emphasis on functional outcomes; Provides clinical services through the use of telemental health/telehome technology as appropriate; Assures that necessary health/administrative information is integrated into Computerized Patient Record System, with notes written, signed, and encounter information completed the same day as the patient appointment; Functions collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to identify patient needs and develop a treatment plan; Participates in Psychology privileging, educational and peer review activities, in accord with Psychology and medical center policies; Supervises psychology practicum students in accord with training program policies and accrediting agency requirements; Completes a discharge plan when patients have reached their identified goals, integrating internal and external support resources for the Veteran upon discharge as applicable. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 667- 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Robert.Knudsent@va.gov or Cassandra.Tramiel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance. Learn more\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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