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. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. 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. 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 (2) 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-pecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA 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. 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. NOTE: 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. 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). Grade Determinations: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. 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. Physical Requirements: 1.Ability to occasionally exert enough force to move objects weighing up to 10 pounds. 2. Ability to continuously remain in a stationary position. 3. Ability to constantly move about inside the workplace, patient homes, and operate a motor vehicle. 4. Possesses hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to constantly operate computer, telephone, and other office equipment. 5. Possesses close visual acuity necessary to accurately record and view information on a computer monitor, handwritten and typed documents. 6. Ability to discern the nature of sounds at a normal spoken volume ["The incumbent will work with the Montana VA Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of the Veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease. In addition to primary care interventions, HBPC provides palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services. HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. The incumbent will work with the VA Community Living Center (CLC) residents in Miles City, Montana. The psychology role includes intake interviews; individual, couples, and family psychotherapy (supportive, cognitive-behavioral, psychoeducational, life review, meaning-centered/dignity therapy; ACT, MI); cognitive and mood assessments; interdisciplinary care planning, interprofessional consultation, and staff support. Travel to Miles City and back one day/week. Provides a full range of psychodiagnostics services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides direct patient contact including psychological assessment and treatment planning, individual and group psychotherapy/assessment sessions, and family/caregiver stress therapy sessions. Provides psychological status evaluation and participates as a consultant in outpatient and inpatient multidisciplinary diagnostic and treatment activities. Provides evaluation and diagnosis of patients presenting with a variety of neurological, psychiatric, and medical condition, including traumatic brain injury. Carries out the full range of psychological status evaluations assessment, and diagnosis using accepted procedures and tests instruments. Provides expert professional opinions and advice concerning the application of neuropsychological principles to the clinical services. Provides consultative opinions to other health professionals on such topics as how patients may be expected to response to treatment, why a patient is responding in a certain way or is uncooperative, insight into patient's psychological and neuropsychological conditions. Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions including: individual, group, and family psychotherapy, caregiver stress support, neurocognitive rehabilitation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy within the outpatient and inpatient settings. Provides education to patients, family members and significate others. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatments plan for an assigned case load of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Provides consultation to the professional staff concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. May be asked to provide supervision of trainees conducting direct clinical care. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Remains involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. Provides administrative duties including returning Veterans' phone calls, report writing, and attending organizational meetings. Functions independently as a member of the VA Montana Medical Staff with full clinical privileges and assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am- 4:30pm Telework: Available Functional Statement #: 436B-56351-O EDRP Authorized: Contact Leon Lee, email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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