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This Psychologist participates in a full range of psychotherapeutic, diagnostic and training activities in the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service. S/he is responsible for the provision of outpatient general mental health services at a community-based outpatient clinic. As part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, they perform assessments, level of care determinations, evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy as well as treatment planning and program development.
Provides psychological treatment and services:
The incumbent has knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories, evidence based therapies and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. S/he provides a full range of evidence based therapeutic interventions in group and individual formats. The incumbent develops comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment strategies. S/he has knowledge of the recovery model, and integrates it in the treatment of Veterans experiencing mental illness. S/he develops and documents clear treatment goals that are thorough, based in recovery and utilize symptom severity and intensity to inform treatment frequency. The incumbent develops and implements clinical procedures that balance clinical demand and therapeutic resources, resulting in successful meeting of performance measures and strives to continually improve clinical systems. S/he is responsible for timely completion of all clinical record keeping and documentation required by the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service and Medical Center, as appropriate.
Provides psychological evaluation and assessment:
The incumbent performs evaluations of Veterans with a variety of psychological, mood and personality disorders. Evaluations can be performed for clinical or administrative purposes, including Compensation and Pension Examinations, as directed by the Supervisory Psychologist.
Performs consultation and training:
S/he consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. S/he serves as a consultant to other medical center staff as requested and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. The incumbent may provide clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure in psychology. S/he may be involved in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate.
Participates in meetings, committees or projects as assigned:
The incumbent attends of and participates in organizational meetings, treatment planning meetings and assigned committees or projects. The incumbent may serve on the Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. S/he may represent the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service on decision-making committees at the Robley Rex Medical Center. The incumbent may participate in leadership roles on local, state, and national professional organizations and represents the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service and/or Medical Center at professional/program community group/events and committees. The incumbent may participate in, and present, outcome data and research at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings, as appropriate. S/he assists in preparation of RFPs and grant proposals, as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
* Job family (Series)
* Clinical Psychologists
* Psychologists, All Other
* Psychologists, Clinical
Conditions of Employment
* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to a background/security investigation
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
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.
* 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 Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.
* Education Requirement - You must 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. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
* Internship Requirement - You must 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). NOTE: 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.
* Licensure: Candidates must 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.
* Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following:
* GS-11 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic requirement
* GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:..... click apply for full job details