The staff psychologist works in the Waterbury Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in the Mental Health Care Line. The psychologist addresses mental health issues of Veterans presenting for care in the Waterbury, Connecticut CBOC. 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. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education (1) 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 (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an AP A or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (b) 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. Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards. OR (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internships (a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by AP A 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 (b) New VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for AP A 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 (c) 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 (d) Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by AP A 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 (e) 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. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard. 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. (1) 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. (2) Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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. Grade Determinations: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level 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. They may be assigned to any program area. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. Staff Psychologist, 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: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 5. 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. Staff Psychologist, 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. 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 Handbook 5005/103, 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 ["Duties include but are not limited to: A. Clinical Responsibilities: The Staff Psychologist has broad clinical responsibilities as a licensed clinician. Some of the core clinical duties include: a. Provides a full range of psychological interventions to patients, including individual, couples/family, and group therapy. Interventions will address broad based mental health conditions, including depression, PTSD, anxiety, substance misuse, and adjustment to and coping with chronic disease. When appropriate uses newly proven or experimental techniques. Presents informed reports or educates multi-disciplinary teams on the use of newly proven or evidence-based intervention techniques. Within the scope of privileges granted, incumbent provides a full range of psychological services, including the delivery of mental health services via telemental health. b. Works as a key team member to promote, create, and maintain a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the staff. Educates and trains staff around mental health issues and treatments, recovery-oriented care, boundaries, ethics, etc. Provides advice to other staff professionals to promote and preserve a recovery-oriented environment for individual patients. c. Stays current with assessment and therapy techniques by reviewing and/or participating in research, and by promoting, initiating, assisting or engaging in program evaluation and/or other basic and applied research activities. d. Under some conditions, screens new referrals and coordinates appropriate referral. Reviews new referrals for mental health treatment from both within and outside the CBOC. Conducts initial screenings of referred clients to determine current symptoms, severity and level of psychosocial function and determines ability to benefit from programs. This person may serve as the initial point of clinical contact for the CBOC. Responsibilities may include doing intakes (utilizing appropriate assessment instruments and structured interviews), working effectively with referral sources, and providing consultation to other services at the CBOC. e. The staff psychologist will hold clinical privileges for the independent practice of psychology. He/she will function as a member of various ad hoc committees with regards to all aspects of the clinical program. Leadership responsibilities within the program are also available. B. Administrative Responsibilities The Staff Psychologist assists the CBOC Director and his/her/their appointees with management responsibilities. Works with administration and clinical staff to identify and meet VACO, VISN and medical center performance measures. Some of the duties include: a. Regularly reviews mental health consults and communication with referring providers and CBOC mental health clinicians as needed to determine appropriateness of referred patients for mental health care in the CBOC setting and appropriate modality of care (i.e., face-to-face, telemental health, VVC). b. Serves as a liaison with referral sources and partners in community treatment c. Resolves conflicts among team members d. Maintains standards consistent with guidelines from accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission e. Designs and implements training for staff in best practices, evidence based treatment f. Under some conditions, provides clinical and administrative supervision to staff g. Under some conditions, evaluates work performance h. Under some conditions, assumes responsibility for taking appropriate disciplinary actions for employees with performance problems C. Academic/Teaching/Training: a. May hold faculty appointment at affiliated university, Yale and University of Connecticut. b. Involved in Psychology and Psychiatry Training Program(s) and provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training to include predoctoral and postdoctoral psychology trainees and psychiatry residents. c. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. d. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. e. Provides training to other professional and non-professional staff within and outside the medical center via lectures or presentations when requested. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Staff Psychologist Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.