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: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Education 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 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; (b) The specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which 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....OR..... Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internship: 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. AND 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: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) (a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) (a) 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. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 5. 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. GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grades at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11, GS-12 and GS-13. Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5019 ["General Description This psychologist has primarily clinical responsibilities. The psychologist for whom this functional statement applies functions as a Health Psychologist with the Psychology Section (interdisciplinary Care sub-section) of the Mental Health Service Line of the Richmond, Virginia VAMC with primary duties in the areas of Organ Transplant, GI/Hepatology and Consultation Liaison. The incumbent will be a contributing ad hoc member of the Consultation and Liaison Team in the Mental Health Service with focus on liver transplantation and treatment of addictive behaviors (inclusive of co-occurring disorders). The incumbent will provide support, as needed, in Pain Psychology, Bariatric Psychology and Psycho-Oncology. The clinical involvements of this psychologist will primarily comprehensive assessment, individual/couples/group psychotherapy interventions for individuals with physical health diagnoses. Clinical Responsibilities (80% time) - Ability to diagnose mental disorders and conduct psychological and/or cognitive function assessments/screenings. - Ability to treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. - Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. - Performs evaluations for psycho-diagnosis, treatment planning and functional evaluations. - Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and group psychotherapy, couples therapy, family therapy, consultation, rehabilitation and psycho-education. - Provides evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising psychotherapies. - Consults with medical center and CBOC 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 or healthcare system, as appropriate. Administrative responsibilities (10%): - Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment teams to which the incumbent is assigned. - Facilitates liaisons with other mental health and health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services. - Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. -Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings. - May be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. - Oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within programs assigned using data-driven quality assurance processes. - If applicable, plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs, designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches. - May present outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings. Other Significant Responsibilities (10% of time) - Participates fully in peer review and quality improvement reviews of other psychologists at the Richmond VA Medical Center and its CBOCs. - Serves on CBOC, Medical Center, Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces as directed/indicated. - Represents Psychology on decision-making committees at the CBOC, Medical Center, or Healthcare System as directed/indicated. - Actively participates in leadership roles on local, state, and national professional organizations as directed/indicated. Work Schedule: 7:45 -- 4:30pm Telework: Ad-Hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified candidates EDRP Authorized: Contact Hector France (email@example.com), the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.