This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Psychologist - Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) GS-0180-13

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-552-12-778527

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$83,314.00 to $108,307.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 to Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 778527 

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. 

 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 

 

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES PLEASE NOTE:  Please submit a complete application package prior to the closing date, including latest SF-50.  Include all of your relevant work information (i.e., starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The information you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a complete application and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified or ineligible for the position for which you applied.

 

Salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

This position is located in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program, a program within the Primary Care Service Line.   The VA Home Based Primary Care Program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of Veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease.   In addition to primary care interventions, HBPC provides palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services.   HBPC targets Veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement.   The HBPC Psychologist functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services.

 

Incumbent provides the following:   screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches; psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems; screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment as needed;   services to the families of Veterans with dementia being served by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the Veteran and will allow better care for the Veteran and allow the family to sustain the Veteran in the home environment; clinical services through the use of telemental health/telehome technology.

 

In addition to the above, incumbent also provides:   individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with disability and other life transitions; psycho-educational and supportive interventions, in conjunction with the Veteran, for spouses, family members/caregivers, and others that are crucial to keeping the Veteran at home; effective interventions with couples or families, when appropriate, to relieve relationship difficulties; support to caregivers of Veterans with dementia or other significant frailty, and/or promote collaboration with the HBPC team, for the benefit of the Veteran;   at all times document the necessity for and benefit of the intervention for the Veteran and include as part of the Veteran's treatment plan; behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain, disability, address sleep problems, facilitate weight loss, promote smoking cessation, and enhance medical compliance.

 

Other functions include:   promote communication/interactions between medical team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process; participates in the Psychology Training program and provide clinical supervision to students, interns, fellows, and residents as needed;   facilitate transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility); promote patient autonomy while considering patient safety issues, risk management, and Home Care Joint Commission standards;   assess and provide treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication); perform capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently;   assess patients' understanding of advanced directives and other forms of consent and assisting staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to patients in a format they can understand.

 

 

Tour of Duty:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, Nights, weekends and Holidays may be required.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Time-in-Grade Restriction - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by:

 

Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following: 

a.  Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (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.) 

b.  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.

 

AND

 

        (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.

 

       (c) 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.

 

      (d) English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

 

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

 

KSA 1 -  Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

 

KSA 2 - Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

 

KSA 3 -  Knowledge of clinical research literature. 

 

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 

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

References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


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, thrift savings plan, 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.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, 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 all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and 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: 778527.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

 

Need additional assistance on How To Apply Online: Click on the link for the Application Manager Quick Start Guide.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  7. Transcripts (required)

 

Mailed documents will not be accepted

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Pamela Britt
Phone: (937)268-6511x1860
Email: PAMELA.BRITT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Dayton VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH
45428

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

Control Number: 330275700
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