Staff Psychologist (PAWS/PTSD) - EXTENDED to 11/28/2022
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Internal Number: 686836200
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 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. 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. -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. 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; -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: 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. Applicants may qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation, VA Handbook 5005/103 - Part II - Appendix G18 (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met to qualify at the GS-13 level. Creditable Experience: At least two (2) years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one (1) 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. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. Preferred Experience: One (1) year providing evidence-based therapy for PTSD. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Physical demands are generally minor, and the work is primarily sedentary in nature and usually occurs within climate controlled clinical and administrative settings. There may be occasional light lifting/carrying (15 pounds or less) requirements to relocate boxed materials from one area to another, equipment and room set-up, and ambulation related to physical inspections of facilities. The incumbent will be expected to successfully negotiate various functional requirements (i.e., lifting, ambulating, reaching above their shoulder(s), the use of hands or fingers, sitting, standing, repeated bending, using stairs or elevators, functional vision, clear speech, hearing, and emotional stability) and environmental factors (i.e., working independently and at times closely with others, moving about the campus for appointments and/or meetings) for the position, with or without adaptive devices, technology, or reasonable accommodations that are more thoroughly evaluated in the current version of Certificate of Medical Examination, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Optional Form 178 (OF178). Use of fingers may be required to operate computers. ["This position is assigned to the West Palm Beach VAMC and is under the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service. Duties include working with the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Program and clinically supporting the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Trauma Recovery Program. Employee may also provide clinical support to other Mental Health Programs and Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Duties included but not limited to: Full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment, and using the most appropriate, evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care in the delivery of a full range of psychological and multidisciplinary services in the PAWS Program. Primary duty is to assess veterans' eligibility for the PAWS program and ensure appropriate mental health referrals. Diagnostic assessment including clinical interview and patient inventories will be utilized. Has background in dealing effectively with various client populations including traumatized Veterans, as well as Veterans with substance abuse/dependence histories, and Veterans with legal difficulties. Has knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations and policies relating to PTSD and service dogs, as well as experience in working within a multi-disciplinary setting with other professionals; to include Whole Health and Recreation Therapy. Well-versed in making referrals to and care coordination with service dog organizations and prosthetics and sensory aid service (PSAS). Will serve as a local/VISN MH Subject Matter Expert in issues pertaining to service animals. Work closely with VACO PAWS staff and local PAWS champion. Assist in completion of all required reports on local PAWS statistics that support performance improvement projects tracking the implementation and effectiveness of PAWS. Will assist with tracking performance metrics for the PAWS initiative. Works in the Trauma Recovery Program, primarily providing services to Veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD. May also provide evidence-based therapies in PTSD to Veterans at West Palm Beach VAMC. Provide ethical mental health services to eligible combat and non-combat Veterans (wartime service members including Veterans from all combat zones, including but not necessarily limited to World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama conflicts, East Timor conflict, Persian Gulf War and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) and non-combat service members with military sexual trauma, other traumas incurred during military service, other adult traumas, or childhood traumas). Assessment and referral services; design and preparation of diagnostic assessments. Will operate independently in all areas, consulting with peers and supervisors when warranted. Perform other duties as requested or assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with rotating tours of duty as needed. Telework: Available - Per Agency policy and Service Approval on an Ad Hoc basis Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement: Staff Psychologist Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate subject to approval, available funding, and in accordance with agency policy. EDRP Authorized: 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 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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