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Job Title:Staff Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VP-13-HEL-790828-MHC

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$61,255.00 to $113,496.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Tacoma, WA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 790828

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

The American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has multiple openings for psychologists in the following programs:

(1) PTSD Outpatient Clinic

(2) General Outpatient Mental Health Clinic

 

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship and English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Random drug testing

DUTIES:

LOCATION:  Mental Health Care Service Line, American Lake Division

HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:00am -4:30pm

MAJOR DUTIES: 

There are two (2) full-time clinical positions in the Outpatient Mental Health Service at the American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

(1) PTSD Outpatient Clinic: Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature.  The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in the PTSD Outpatient Clinic (POC) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. As a VA PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), the POC is a specialized outpatient clinic in the VA system and serves a high volume of PTSD Veterans. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., PE, CPT, ACT, and/or CBT), including individual, couples and  group psychotherapy, to Veterans with PTSD and commonly co-occurring conditions including depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders other than PTSD;  3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 5)  Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services;  6) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; 7) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

(2) General Outpatient Mental Health Clinic: Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with a myriad of mental health conditions (to include PTSD) who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature.  The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in the General Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (MHC) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. The MHC is a high-volume outpatient mental health clinic in the VA Puget Sound, and serves a diverse group of veterans and their loved ones. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., ACT, DBT, CBT, PE, CPT, and/or IPT), including individual, couples and  group psychotherapy, to Veterans with a number of complex mental health conditions (most commonly mood and/or anxiety disorders to include PTSD);  3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 5)  Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services;  6) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; 7) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

Note(s):

1. Department of Veteran Affairs employees will receive first consideration.

2. Relocation and/or recruitment expenses and/or incentives may be authorized.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic requirement: (a) Must be a US Citizen. (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 employed, AND 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. Exception: The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure fro 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 as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a1)(D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment. (d) English Language Proficiency.  Psychologist must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met:

GS-11:  Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.

Assignment:  Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

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.  Individuals assigned a GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.  If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:  (b) Demonstrated KSAs for GS-12:

1.    Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2.    Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3.    Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

(c) Assignment: At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level.  They may be assigned to any program area.

GS-13: (a) 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. (b) Experience:  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (c) Demonstrated KSAs:

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

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

3.  Knowledge of clinical research literature.

(d) Assignments – This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.  At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/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 biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions.  They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Qualification Standard for Psychologist, GS-180, available at http://www1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.doc#AppIIF3.


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.



HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described below in the "Required Documents" section. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 04, 2012. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS 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/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf and,
  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. 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: 790828
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Required Documents:

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

  1. Occupational Questionnaire
  2. CV or Resume
  3. Cover Letter
  4. VA Form 10- 2850 - Application For Physicians, Dentist, Podiatrists, and Optometrists - Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf
  5. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
  6. Unofficial transcript(s) (official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired)
  7. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
  8. Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  9. If currently employed by the Federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Shazuth A. Woods
Phone: (206)658-4268
Email: SHAZUTH.WOODS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Puget Sound HCS
1660 S Columbian Way S-005A -HRMS
Seattle, WA
98108
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Tuesday, December 04, 2012.

Control Number: 331644500
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