Staff Psychologist - Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Internal Number: 718258300
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: English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English Citizenship: United States Citizen Education: 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. 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: OR, Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND, 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. 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. Board Certification. Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education. GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Staff Psychologist, GS-11 Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 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: A. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. B. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. C. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. D. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). E. 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. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: A. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. B. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. C. Knowledge of clinical research literature. Preferred Experience: It is preferred that incumbent have at least two years of post-licensure experience working in behavioral health to include but not limited to; provision of assessment, treatment planning, psychotherapy services, case management, and crisis management. It is also preferred but not required that incumbent be trained and able to provide evidence based treatment modalities to support specialized mental health needs. References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II, Appendix G18. The full performance level of this position is a 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: Able to meet the physical demands for the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have a good manual dexterity. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken or written word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. ["The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System, Mental Health, is currently recruiting for one (1) Staff Psychologist position located at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; Applicants will be referred to selecting official on a continual basis until all vacancies are filled OR until the closing date of this announcement. This is a multi-discipline position and selections can be made from the following, Sr. Social Worker and Psychologist. The incumbent of this position serves as a full-time Psychologist in a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Health Care System (OKC VA HCS). The primary duty location is the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System (OKCVAHCS) which includes the main facility, CBOCs, and use of virtual systems that provide support/care face to face or through the use of video teleconferencing technology; Patient care may be provided using Tele-mental Heath through CVT, VVC, and/or other authorized technology that may allow a face-to-face encounter. Telework May be authorized for this position on an ADHOC basis at which time the primary duty location would be the employee's home or other approved alternate work site. The psychologist filling this position will be assigned to Psychology Service but will work closely with Behavioral Health staff as well as other VA Health Care System staff. Major Responsibilities and Duties: Clinical - Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions to provide quality care. - Provides a full range of psychotherapeutic interventions for Veterans with mental disorders. These may include: psychological evaluations, consultation, patient education, individual and group therapies, and case management. - Staff psychologist may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. - Consults with CBOC and other VA HCS staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. - Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the medical center, as appropriate. Research/Program Evaluation - Oversees or significantly contributes to the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within assigned program using a data- driven quality assurance processes. - If applicable and time allows, plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches. - Presents outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings. - Assists in preparation of requests for proposal (RFPs) and grant proposals, as assigned. - Participates in research as appropriate through case finding and referral of patients to clinical investigators engaged in research or through participating in research studies; applies new approaches to patient care through integration of approved investigative and research methods in clinical practice, basing interventions on evidence of effectiveness. Academic/Teaching/Training - May hold faculty appointment such as at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. - Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training: medical students, psychiatric residents, psychology graduate students, psychology postdoctoral fellows and psychology interns. - Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. - 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. Other Significant Responsibilities - Serves on medical center, VISN, and/or national VA committees or task forces. - Represents the medical center at professional/program community group/events and committees. - Actively participates in leadership roles on local, state and national professional organizations. Other Duties as Assigned Work Schedule: Standard tour is between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Irregular tours and/or Saturday work may be required. Compressed/Flexible: May be available Telework: Telework eligible in accordance with agency policy for Ad Hoc/as needed Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Staff Psychologist - Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)/PD54644A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized in accordance with agency policy. EDRP Authorized: Contact Timothy.Kiddoo2@va.gov or Shelly.Murdock@va.gov , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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