Psychologist in the Mental Healthcare Group participate in a full range of psychotherapeutic, diagnostic and training activities under the supervision of the designated Program Manager and Chief/Assistant Chief of Psychology. They are responsible for the treatment of Veterans within Mental Health Services. VA Careers - Mental Health Professionals: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOMintJXa3Y 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: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Licensure. Applicants 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. Education. Applicant 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 applicants are 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; 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: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and 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. Applicants 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 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. Preferred Experience: Experienced in Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program Grade Determinations: GS-11 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements listed above. GS-12 Experience: Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 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. Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area. GS-13 Experience: Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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. Assignment. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They may be assigned to any VHA program and setting, such as inpatient or outpatient medicine, primary care, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Compensation and Pension, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organization Development. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions. Psychologists consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18- Psychologist Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: Pre-employment physical will be conducted in accordance with VA Handbook 5019. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until June 01, 2023. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be March 22, 2023, with subsequent cut-off date for referral on the 1st and 15th of each month. 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. VA Careers - Clinical Psychologist: www.youtube.com/watch?v=77qHlLw9Xck Review a sample Total Rewards package for a VA Psychologist: www.vacareers.va.gov/Home/PdfViewer?issuu=psychology_-_total_reward_of_a_va_career_flyer_9- Recruiting multiple Staff Psychologists in the following specialty areas: BHIP Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Long Beach, Women's Mental Health Center, Placentia, and Santa Fe Springs.Duties include and are not limited to: Provides a full range of psychological assessment services, diagnoses/treats mental disorders, and provides adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Provides comprehensive, culturally-informed, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions. Modalities include individual and group psychotherapy, and differ across settings. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others. Provides consultation to professional staff within the VA and to community providers on a wide variety of patient care issues. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including timely completion of health care screenings and clinical reminders. Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the assigned treatment team or clinic, established by the Mental Health Care Group Chief and/or Chief Psychologist. Provides clinical supervision and instruction for assigned psychology trainees. To serve as a primary supervisor for interns, California State licensure is required along with biannual six hours of training in supervision. Completes all required written training documents including initial training contracts and supervisory evaluation forms. Staff Psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. Statement on Diversity: As a Psychology Service, we are aware that we operate in a system and culture that was not built for a number of minority statuses. We are committed to a process of becoming more aware of the ways in which we may actively facilitate the continuance of policies and processes that oppress minority groups and the individuals who belong to them. We are seeking candidates who are actively engaged in anti-racist work as well as other efforts to shift systemic inequalities for oppressed groups, as we seek to further our collective efforts towards inclusion and equality for all people - Veterans and staff included. The psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods, and culturally-informed, evidence-based intervention strategies to a diverse patient population. They have advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies them to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision. Some psychologists at this level also have research obligations, collateral supervisory responsibilities, and limited administrative/managerial duties. The psychologist should be proficient in writing psychological reports, chart notes, and treatment summaries and should be able to complete work tasks in a timely manner. Work Schedule: Various tours Compressed/Flexible: Yes, may be available based on clinic needs. Telework: Potential for hybrid telework schedule upon achieving and maintaining performance and productivity standards Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified applicants. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
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