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. Education 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, 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, (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR, Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND 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 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. 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: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following grade requirements. GRADE REQUIREMENTS GS-13, Full Performance Level: Must have At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one-year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. 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. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSA's: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the 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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103, PART II, APPENDIX G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-0180.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. ["The Psychology Training Coordinator (PTC) is ultimately responsible for assisting the Psychology Director of Training (DOT) and the Psychologist Supervisor in the running and support of psychology training and trainees at the medical center, their clinical and administrative oversight and all aspects of the training duties and responsibilities, ensuring that training follows American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. The Psychology Training Coordinator (PTC) is responsible for at least 50% in direct patient care duties, variable as training needs fluctuate throughout the training year. The psychology training coordinator will assist the Psychology DOT in supporting the psychodiagnostics clinic, conducting assessments and evaluations and provide trainees opportunity to grow assessment skills. The Psychology Training Coordinator will assist in the management of assessment materials, both physically and digitally, resources, and needs for the clinic. Clinical Responsibilities: (at least 50%) The Psychology Training Coordinator will work with the Psychology DOT and the psychologist supervisor to support the functioning of an active psychodiagnostics assessment clinic and assist in the triage of consults for psychological assessments appropriately. The PTC will provide a full range of psychological assessment services, including the use of psychological testing and diagnostic interviews to complete evaluations and diagnoses of mental disorders,particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. The PTC will provide education to patients, family members, and significant others. They will provide comprehensive, evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy. They will provide consultation to professional staff within James E. Van Zandt and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. They will develop, implement, and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. The PTC works with psychology trainees to offer clinical opportunities, jointly or independently, appropriate to their developmental level and training needs. Administrative responsibilities (25% time on average) The Psychology Training Coordinator (PTC) provides a supportive role to the Psychology DOT in administrative responsibilities for the psychology training program at James E. Van Zandt VAMC. The incumbent will assist in providing clinical supervision and oversight to practicum level trainees, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows, and unlicensed psychologists as assigned. The PTC will assist in organizing and facilitating the Psychology training program. Specific duties may include: Assisting in the creation of core curricula consistent with American Psychological Association (APA) and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) guidelines and that represents the current state of psychological science. Participate in the creation of applications, reports, and self-studies for training programs as needed for the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), APA, and APPIC. Preparing reports and data on trainee metrics for self-studies. Assisting with recruitment and selection of trainees. Assisting with development of a handbook for trainees appropriate to their developmental level, and ongoing updating Provide clinical and administrative coverage for the psychology DOT as needed. Assist with the running of psychology training committee meetings Assist with the didactic training needs for psychology training programs, and facilitation of speakers and educators. Assists the Psychology DOT in ensuring training is provided in culturally sensitive ways and mindful of DE&I principles. Ensures that training is provided in DE&I principles to all psychology trainees, and is consistent with APA guidelines. The PTC also assists in ensuring the training program meets the requirements of the VA, APA, and Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) guidelines. They participate in training program evaluation efforts and collect data to that end. The PTC assists supervisors in a supportive role, assisting with logistical needs of trainees. The PTC complies with, and assists trainees and supervisors in compliance with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Compressed/Flexible: Department Discretion Telework: Departments Discretion Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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