This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Clinical Psychologist (PCT)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-12-TPe-786039-R19

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:

Friday, November 09, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-01

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Temple, 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): 786308(Please include on all documents)

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

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!!! 

 

 THIS ANNOUNCEMENT ESTABLISHES AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.  THE FIRST LIST OF ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WILL BE PULLED FOR REFERRAL ON November 23, 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.

 

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 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., although some evening hours and week-ends may be required.

 

Duties:    

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

 

     ·     Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT):  Provides evidence-based treatment interventions such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for veterans suffering from PTSD.  Interventions may be delivered via group or individual, especially group.  May also provide some services to family members of these veterans.

      

Incumbent applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in their work setting.   The incumbent has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health as it impacts and is impacted by health related conditions which represents a variety of disciplines.   Incumbent provides direct psychological patient care, consultation services with medical teams on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision. Participates as a member of a Consultation & Liaison clinical team to provide Behavioral Medicine oriented services to veterans with primary medical (e.g., diabetes, pain) or co-morbid medical and psychological challenges. Provides individual psychotherapy to veterans with primary medical (e.g., diabetes, pain) or co-morbid medical and psychological challenges, especially as regards to adaptation chronic medical conditions and rehabilitation. Provides couples, family and/or group psychotherapy promoting healthy adaptation. Administers/scores or evaluates psycho diagnostic tests, including neuropsychological screening. Contributes to the gathering of assessment information and the development of a detailed treatment plan for veterans. Participates as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed. Serves as an advisor, consultant and/or resource person to the staff within the medical center. Maintains appropriate records and follow-up data on patients who are their responsibility. Serves 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. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). If needed, the incumbent may complete Compensation and Pension (C&P) Evaluations.  Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings as held by CTVHCS and MH&BM management. Attends regular Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, MH&BM staff meetings and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures.

 

***RELOCATION EXPENSES OR RECRUITMENT INCENTIVES OR EDRP (EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM) MAY BE AUTHORIZED

If selected for this position the candidate could be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction, based on the availability of funds. Or candidates selected for this position could be eligible for relocation or recruitment incentives. 

Please note only one incentive can be applied for and this does not guarantee approval for any of the incentives.  



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. 

 

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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/index.asp.  To be considered qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.



HOW TO APPLY:

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

  1. Your Résumé or CV

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

  3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  4. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 12, 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 786308. 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).

9.  Copy of licensure (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: 331122800
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