Staff Psychologist (Inpatient Community Living Center)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1195107
OUR MISSION : To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go /
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
This position is based in the inpatient Community Living Center (CLC) where the psychologist, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Team, assists in the assessment and treatment of veterans with psycho-emotional needs including loneliness, depression, and anxiety. The psychologist serves as the resident expert and team leader planning and implementing a comprehensive behavioral management program. The psychologist is also dedicated to the hospice & palliative care team providing necessary intervention with dying veterans and bereaved loved ones.
Diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments.
Treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.
Establishes and lead a behavior management team utilizing state of the art behavioral interventions for veterans with challenging behaviors.
Trains staff in behavior management approaches and to monitor interventions to ensure consistency.
Interviews residents for psychological treatment to determine symptomatic status, diagnostic impression, treatment plan, and assignment to appropriate treatment modality.
Administers, scores, and interprets a broad range of psychological tests for the assessment of pertinent psychological and behavioral characteristics.
Writes psycho-diagnostic consultations on inpatients within the community living center to include hospice based on data from interviews and from intellectual and personality tests.
Conducts individual, group, marital, and family psychotherapy, and applies other specialized psychotherapeutic techniques as appropriate to meet the treatment needs inpatient CLC residents.
Refers residents to other VA facilities when needed treatment is unavailable at this station or to other community agencies when the resident is not eligible for VA treatment programs.
Supervises the resident-care activities of psychology interns and practicum students assigned to the Psychology Section for training and assisting in the supervision of psychiatry residents, medical students, social work trainees, work-study students, and volunteers assigned to the Mental Health Clinic.
Consults with psychology staff in other programs to coordinate psychological services to an overlapping resident population.
As a member of the interdisciplinary team, collaborating with other professional staff and nursing assistants in the planning and implementation of mental health services to best meet the needs of the resident population.
Consulting with and advising the staff of inpatient units throughout the hospital regarding behavioral approaches to manage behaviors in the inpatient setting.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title: Inpatient Staff Psychologist Inpatient Community Living Center
BASIC REQUIREMENTS :
Citizenship . U.S Citizen. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.
Education - (1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
Exceptions: (1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.
Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
Exception. The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
English Language Proficiency . Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience : One (1) year experience providing clinical services consistent with accepted standards of ethical and professional mental health treatment, crisis intervention, outreach and community education services.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE .
GRADE DETERMINATIONS :
GS-11
Experience . None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-12
Experience . In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
GS-13
Licensure . Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
Experience . In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques 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.
4. For supervisory assignments:
a. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.
b. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.
Preferred Experience : Training and/or experience in Geropsychology.
References :VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated March 17, 2006.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: /. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Physical Requirements : The work is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. There are no special demands required to perform this work.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is 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. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
OF-306
Other (VA form 10-2850c)
Resume
Transcript
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
DD-214
Other Veterans Document
SF-15
SF-50
Form OF-306"Declaration for Federal Employment " (REQUIRED)
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required) .
Please use this checklist__to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1195107.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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