Location: Manchester, New Hampshire, New Hampshire
Internal Number: 746114700
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. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by Public Law 96-151 codified in 38 U.S.C. ? 7402. To qualify for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. 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-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, 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 (4) Internships (a) 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 (b) 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 (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 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 (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. c. 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 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. Board Certification and Loss of Credential (1) 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. (2) Loss of Credential. Once board certified, psychologist must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted board certification to remain qualified for employment. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required board certification 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. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. ? 7403(f). Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Preferred Experience: GRADE REQUIREMENTS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. (1) Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration. (2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level. ["The clinical and programmatic activities subsumed under this position are conducted as part of a program under the direction of the Director of Psychology, through the Chief of Mental Health. The Staff Psychologist specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Manchester VA Medical Center and will provide services through the Mental Health and Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury Clinics. Clinical Responsibilities - Provides a full range of diagnostic services, mostly including neuropsychological and psychological assessments and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. - Performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological conditions including but not limited to neuropsychological problems, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and personality disorders. These evaluations utilize a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, and a battery of psychological and neuropsychological measures. - Responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or Healthcare System, as appropriate. - Consult with and serve as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for and development of psychological and neuropsychological services. This may include consultation for research protocols Works as a key team member to promote, create, and maintain a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the staff. Educates and trains staff and trainees about neuropsychological disorders. Provides advice to other staff professionals in an attempt to promote and preserve a recovery oriented environment for individual patients. - Functions independently as a member of the Manchester VAMC Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, client care decisions, and documentation.- Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training to include psychology practicum, doctoral and post-doctoral trainees, and psychiatry residents - The incumbent provides evaluation and brief intervention to Veterans in person and through the use of telehealth technology: VA Video Connect (VVC) and Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT), as clinically appropriate. - Completes other clinical duties as assigned. - The Staff Psychologist administratively manages the neuropsychological and psychological assessment clinics. This includes management of consults, scheduling, space, timely release of evaluations, and maintenance/ordering of neuropsychological test materials - The Staff Psychologist attends mandatory program and service meetings. Represents Psychology Service on committees as assigned. - Involved in Psychology, MH Nurse Practitioner, and graduate medical education programs at Manchester VAMC. Will be involved in didactics, individual, and group supervision. - May hold faculty appointment at affiliated university. - Actively involved in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate - 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 neuropsychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients .- Provides training to other professional and non-professional staff within and outside the medical center via lectures or presentations when requested .- Stays current with assessment and neuropsychological theory 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. - Represents the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees, as designated by the Chief, Psychology Service, Chief, Mental Health Care Line, and/or Hospital Director .- Maintains competency as a Psychologist in his/her areas of specialization through continuing education and other activities as required for the position. - Represents the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees including efforts to reduce stigmatization against individuals with mental illness. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:F0001 EDRP Authorized: Contact Soundeep.Patel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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