Psychologist (Primary Care Mental Health Integration - PCMHI)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 678567300
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. 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; 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: 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. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English Grade Determinations: Staff Psychologist, GS-13 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 Physical Requirements: Light to moderate lifting, up to 44 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; reaching above shoulder, use of both hands and fingers required, walking/standing 6-8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; ability to work alone. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. ["Staff psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. The vacancies are assigned to the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) section within the Behavioral Health Service Line. PCMHI Psychologists function as part of the extended Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) to provide mental health triage, assessment, and care in a primary care setting using evidence-based methods appropriate to a primary care population. This vacancy is assigned to PACT's, and will require close and continuous communications and collaboration with PCP's and other PACT team members. Major duties include, but may not be limited to: Provides PCMHI-specific psychological assessment, as part of the extended PACT team, especially in the areas of general psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems, suicide assessments and other biopsychosocial needs. When clinically appropriate and as needed, provides wide range of psychodiagnostic and evaluation services for Veterans, inclusive of brief cognitive assessments and examination of clinical capacity. Provides a full range of psychological interventions consistent with training and expertise, with emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions appropriate to a Primary Care setting. Provides triage and referral services when Veteran require higher level of care. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to presenting behavioral health issues of assigned Veterans. Supports and contributes to existing behavioral health programs and clinical initiatives as indicated. Provides consultation services to support decision-making, building on primary care staff interventions and improving Veteran-staff working relationships. Provides education and consultation to PACT team members including Primary Care Providers, nurses, clinical pharmacists, dieticians, and social workers during team meetings, curbside consultations, lunch and learn presentations and other opportunities. Supports Stepped Care mental health delivery through time-limited and goal-focused treatment to Primary care Veterans. Triage and Assessment to identify level and intensity of care needed, and collaboration with BHIP and other behavioral health teams to step up/down care for Veterans as needed. Implements Measurement Based Care in assessment and treatment processes. Prioritizes Same Day Access through the provision of Same Day, collaborative care to Primary Care Veterans via multiple virtual modalities. Assists the PCMHI Program Manager in the design, development and implementation of psychological services and programs within PCMHI and coordinates these services with the assigned team or treatment providers. Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated contract under which PCMHI operates in service to VAPHS. Assists the PCMHI Program Manager in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all Veterans, inclusive of appropriate documentation of suicide risk. May perform other duties as directed. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday\nTelework: May be authorized up to 4 days per pay period\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000 / Psychologist (PCMHI)\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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