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. 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 submit a transcript showing you were awarded the doctoral degree to receive credit. 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 re-specialization 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 you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; 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 provide a copy of your transcript, program information and completion date in your resume, copy of current board certification, or 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, as applicable, to receive credit. 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. You must provide an unexpired copy to receive credit. 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. Grade Determinations: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) (a) Experience. At least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level. To receive credit, you must list hours worked per week and demonstrate your experience through job tasks in your resume. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience, the candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs in their resume: 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. Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience. At least 2 years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice. To receive credit, you must list hours worked per week and demonstrate your experience through job tasks in your resume AND submit a copy of your unexpired licensure. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience, the candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs in their resume:: 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. See Education section for continued requirements. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 29, 2023 or until these positions are filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be March 10, 2023 and every Friday until it closes or as needed. Current permanent VA employees, Federal employees from other federal agency, and HPTs should apply under CBST-11852796-23-AYC. The psychologist will serve as a fully qualified staff psychologist, specializing in pain management, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Chronic pain management will be the focus of treatment for veterans presenting with prevalent pain conditions such as back pain, headaches, neuropathic pain, and joint pain as well as psychiatric co-morbidities such as anxiety, sleep disturbance, and depression. This position involves providing psychological treatment for patients with chronic pain who are involved in the i Pain Evaluation Center. The psychologist will provide direct patient care as part of a dynamic inter-professional VA community including physicians, psychologists, clinical pharmacists, physical therapists, addiction experts, dieticians, chiropractors, acupuncture providers, and nursing staff. The Pain Evaluation Center provides integrated, whole person care for higher complexity Veterans with chronic pain and common comorbidities such as depression, anxiety, obesity, and sleep disorders. Additional Major Duties: Provides a full range of pain management assessment and treatment services, using individual and group modalities, and using evidence-based psychotherapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pain (CBT-Pain) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pain (ACT for Pain), as available and applicable. Provides care within integrated, inter-professional team for complex patients. Provide education to patients, family members, and significant others. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment recommendations for interdisciplinary patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Provides psychological treatment services to patients with chronic pain who are receiving long term opioid therapy. Provides consultation to professional staff within MEDVAMC, including local Community Based Outpatient clinics, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. Promotes communication/interactions between medical team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process. Completes all clinical charting and documentation required a timely manner. Attends treatment team meetings with designated professionals involved in the service delivery of veterans treatment. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology to: Graduate students, Interns, and Fellows Participates in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. Participates in training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Completes all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. Presents outcome data and research at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings, as appropriate. Assists in preparation of RFPs and grant proposals, as assigned. Serves on Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. Represents Psychology on decision-making committees at the Medical Center, VISN or National VA committees. Participates actively in leadership roles on local, state, and national professional organizations. Represents the Medical Center or VISN at professional/program community group/events and committees. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 580-00919-F: GS-11; 580-00920-F: GS-12; 580-00921-F: GS-13 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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