This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (MHC,SATP)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-12-TPe-741833-MHC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 06, 2012 to Thursday, December 06, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-01

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 24 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Austin, TX United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 

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.  

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE 

 

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 to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination if required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   741833 (Please include on all documents)

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ESTABLISHES AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED. THE FIRST LIST OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WILL BE PULLED FOR REFERRAL ON September 26, 2012 AND THEN BI-WEEKLY AFTER THAT UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED. DURING THAT TIME PERIOD IF YOU UPDATE EXISTING INFORMATION YOU MUST ALERT THE POINT OF CONTACT OF THIS VACANCY VIA EMAIL OF THE CHANGE. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL BE AT NO FAULT OF THE FACILITY AND YOUR UPDATED INFORMATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.  NO STATE TAXES!!! 

IF PATIENT NEEDS ARISE, THE INCUMBENT OF THE ABOVE POSITION MAY BE REASSIGNED WITHIN THE CENTRAL TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

 

Tour of Duty: Normally three days per week, 8am to 4:30pm (48 hours per pay period), although some evening hours and week-ends may be required.

 

Duties:

The incumbent will be assigned to one of the following areas within Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine, Psychology Service:

Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment Program (SATP): Provides evidence-based Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services to veterans seeking outpatient SUD care.  These veterans present with a variety of SUD and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Knowledge of evidence-based treatment protocols (i.e., Motivational Interviewing/Motivation Enhancement or Cognitive-behavioral treatment of SUDs is a plus). Engages in program development/program evaluation activities. Provides direct patient care services using evidenced-based SUD interventions (e.g., motivation enhancement) to this population. One vacancy in Austin.

Mental Health Clinic (MHC): Provides direct patient care services to veterans seeking outpatient mental health services. Knowledge and training in ACT, CBT and DBT desired. Will provide both individual and group therapy, with most of work being done in a group therapy format. Will also work with higher risk suicidal veterans and provide follow up as needed. May also provide some services to family members of these veterans. C&P services are provided for veterans seeking disability compensation for mental health problems.  One vacancy in Austin.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing direct patient care, and will have program planning and evaluation duties. The incumbent will participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary primary care/mental health clinical team providing a full range of psychological services and will provide individual and group psychotherapy to veterans with complex mental health problems, especially in regard to adaptation and rehabilitation. The incumbent may provide couples, family and/or group psychotherapy promoting healthy adaptation and will administer/score or evaluates psycho diagnostic tests, including neuropsychological screening. The incumbent may provide evidence-based treatment to patients; evidence-base treatment includes but is not limited to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE). The incumbent will contribute to the gathering of assessment information and the development of a detailed treatment plan for veterans and will participate as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed. The incumbent will provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology trainees (practicum/interns/fellows) as assigned.The incumbent will serve as an advisor, consultant and/or resource person to the staff within the medical center. The incumbent will maintain appropriate records and follow-up data on patients who are their responsibility and will serve as a member of the planning group for evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment program and modifying it to better serve the needs of the patient. The incumbent will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. The incumbent will comply with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). The incumbent will attend and participate in administrative and informational meetings as held by Central Texas Veterans Health Care system (CTVHCS) and Mental Health and Behavior Medicine (MH&BM) management such as Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, MH&BM staff meetings and will comply with Psychology Service peer review procedures. The incumbent will provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns as assigned. If needed, the incumbent may complete Compensation and Pension (C&P) Evaluations.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

            Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.       

            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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Grades and salaries will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

            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.

            GS-13 :

(1) 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.

(2) 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.

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 a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during the 2 year period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.

Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply: the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists."

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

References : VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office  


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

 

Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.  

Veterans' preference does apply to Title 38 Hybrid positions; therefore, if you are a Veteran applying for veterans preference, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html. This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job.   

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 

 


BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

 

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has partnered with the Planetree Organization and considers patient centered care one of our primary focus areas.

 

If you are interested in a career with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, we are interested in you.  We would like to know what patient centered care means to you and why you are interested in working with us?

 

To learn more about Planetree and our efforts to become a true Veteran Centered Organization refer to the following website: http://www.planetree.org/



HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp) (required).

  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

 4.  A Resume or CV 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 06, 2012.

To begin the process, write down the 6-digit VIN number and go to https://www.applicationmanager.gov/ (if you have an updated resume saved on your personal computer) to create an account or log in to your existing APPLICATION MANAGER account.  If you do not have a resume, please select "Apply Online" which will take you to USA Jobs Website to build your resume. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload supporting documentation. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in application manager.  After applying, return to application manager (https://www.applicationmanager.gov/) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 741833. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

        1. Résumé or CV (required).

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp) (required).

3. Documentation of completion of APA approved internship (required).

4. Copy of your transcript(s) with confer/graduation date of completion of APA approved Doctorial Degree in Psychology (required).

5. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action. NOTE: If you are a current employee of CTVHCS, you do not need to submit your most recent SF-50(if applicable).

6. Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, if applicable).

7. VA Preference Letter (if applicable).

        8. SF-15 if claiming Veterans Preference (if applicable).

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tammy Peterman
Phone: (254)743-0401
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: TAMMY.PETERMAN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY , TX
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


Control Number: 325942700
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