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. ["This is an open Continuous announcement. to establish a standing register of qualified applicants to refer to the hiring manager. Referral lists will be created on a weekly basis. Please see the \"Next Steps\" section found under the \"How to Apply\" tab for information regarding cutoff dates. Final disposition will be completed once the position has been filled or the announcement reaches the end of the open period stated in the announcement. This Pain Psychologist position is administratively aligned with the Behavioral Medicine program of the Mental Health Service (MH) at VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS). The psychologist will serve as an integrated care mental health provider in the multidisciplinary Pain Clinic using a co-located, collaborative model. The psychologist will provide brief, evidence-based assessments and interventions (individual and group) and education for Veterans to address chronic pain, and education and consultation for Pain Clinic medical providers and allied team members. In addition, the psychologist will work collaboratively within the Pain Clinic to promote prevention, brief assessment, early identification, and treatment of mild to moderate mental health conditions and health behavior concerns. Clinical Responsibilities . Provides a full range of assessment and treatment planning services including clinical interviewing and psychometric assessment for veterans who are coping with chronic pain. Provides full range of interventions for Veterans coping with chronic pain, including evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain. Provides a range of brief evidence-based interventions to address conditions that are often comorbid with chronic pain (e.g., depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD). Provides a range of behavioral health interventions that promote healthy lifestyle, medical adherence, adjustment to and adaptive coping with the chronic health condition. May assist in behavioral health care of non-pain patients with physical disorders and/or health promotion needs. In collaboration with the interdisciplinary pain treatment team, develops an empirically-based, best-practice model of non-pharmacological care for the evaluation and cognitive behavioral treatment of patients with chronic pain. Works collaboratively with other team members to ensure high quality, effective Veteran-centered services at both patient and programmatic levels. Completes all clinical charting and documentation required by local and national guidelines (e.g., assessment reports, progress notes) in a timely manner. Documentation is optimized for collaboration with the Pain Clinic Team. Provides behavioral health consultation to Pain Clinic staff. Participates in Pain Clinic team huddles and meetings to cultivate collaborative team functioning and serves as subject matter expert for behavioral health considerations. Attends other staff and organizational meetings (e.g., Psychology meetings, other clinically relevant team functions). Participates in program evaluation (e.g., as required by funding initiative for the positions; collection of pre- and post- outcome measure data for individual and group interventions). May consult with mental health and other medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues and collaborate to resolve issues related to coordination of care. May assist in program management. Conducts additional direct care activities as needed/requested by Mental Health or Psychology leadership. Works in compliance with local and national performance measures. Academic/Teaching/Training - The psychologist may be eligible for a faculty appointment at Boston University School of Medicine or Harvard Medical School. -. The psychologist will play an active role in training, including the provision of clinical supervision to psychology or multidisciplinary trainees and didactic education. - The psychologist will be a regular consumer of research relevant to the conduct provision of evidence-based evaluation and treatment of patients, as well as supervision of trainees. The psychologist may be allotted time for research activities. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: May be available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: F523-05314,F523-05215, F523-05316 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Karen.Chapman@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more"]
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