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Job Title:  Psychologist Mental Health Service -Behavioral Health/General Mental Health Clinic
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  BJ-13-NDB-794099-R19

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

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$88,940.00 to $115,621.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Detroit, MI United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 794099 (Include # on all documents)

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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 .  

1.0 FTE Psychologist   GS-13/Full Performance Level Only for Mental Health Service  for  the  Behavioral Health Clinic/ General Mental Health

 Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday from 9:30am to 6:00pm  

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is  13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 13 to 13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Pre-employment physcial examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • PhD, Internship, Full licensure and experience


MAJOR DUTIES: The incumbent serves as a psychologist in the Primary-Mental Health Integration Clinic (known locally as the Behavioral Health Clinic -BHC).  The BHC provides mental health screening, assessment and brief intervention in the Primary Care setting.  By utilizing a case management model the BHC provides direct services and/or manages services referred to other providers.  The offices of the BHC are located in the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in the Primary Care Firms.  The incumbent may also see patients on a moderate to long term basis in the general Mental Health Clinic. The incumbent is responsible for direct patient care which can include rapid triage, assessment, brief individual and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation for patients and non-mental health staff. The incumbent is a psychologist credentialed and privileged as a Licensed Independent Practitioner who: functions as an essential member of the Primary Care treatment team; provides behavioral expertise, education, and clinical guidance to the Primary Care and BHC staff in the management of BHC clients; assesses the need for referral for additional mental health services for BHC clients; coordinates with providers within Primary Care, MHS, and the hospital when other care such as psychiatric or palliative care is involved; is responsible for the timely and appropriate completion of care plans; provides specialized care such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Relaxation Training or Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, etc.; provides brief and intermittent psychotherapeutic intervention for BHC clients whose assessment indicates a need for the advanced skill and training of a licensed psychologist; reviews and translates research into practical interventions for improved patient outcome. As a clinician investigator, the incumbent routinely searches literature relevant to primary care mental health integration practices, depression, and chemical dependency.  The incumbent will engage in activities both within and outside the facility that promote rigorous, independent, peer-reviewed, and/or funded research projects.  The psychologist will function as a principal, co-principal, or collaborative investigator.  The activities may include proposing investigations, coordinating their conduct, recruiting subjects, reviewing data, and submitting findings in publishable form.




  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Education - Doctoral Degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Assoc (APA).  The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed AND Completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the APA. 
  •  Licensure or certification requirements - Must hold a full, current unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, territory, commonwealth of the US or the District of Columbia.   


At the 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.

At the 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 as 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:

 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:        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.   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.

*****At the GS-13, candidates must have two years of postdoctoral experience as a professional Psychologist. Professional Psychologist experience is experience that demonstrates:  (1) Knowledge of and ability to apply advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations; (2) Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health; (3) Knowledge of clinical research literature.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.  Please indicate full time and/or part time hours and the time frames for your employment history (to include month and year for starting and ending dates of employment for each employer listed or non-paid work experience on your Resume/CV and on the 102850 C application).

NOTE:  Creditable Experience     (a)  Current Professional Psychology Practice.   To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.  Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program.  This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:        1.   Active professional practice.   Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.      2.   A full, current, and unrestricted license.        (b)  Quality of Experience.   Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.   Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.        (c)   Part-time Experience.   Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time work week.   For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.       (2)  Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships.   Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice.   Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.




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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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.

*** 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



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.

Performance Based Interviews (PBI) may be used. For more information visit the following website

This position is in the Excepted Service. 

Relocation expenses will not be paid/are NOT authorized.  There are NO incentives authorized for this position. 


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 .


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   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 posting may be used to filled additional or future vacancies. 

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

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

VA encourages persons with disabilities 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 your signed & fully completed 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 ( 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 ( ) 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: TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  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.
  5.  If you are faxing your application and filling out the 1203-FX form, you may notice that the numbering restarts here with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form, please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section of the form.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: TAG:VacancyID.  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 TAG:Closing Date.

Applications should be submitted only once using one method (online or faxed).  If duplicate or several submissions are received, only the answers provided on the last received application will be considered. 


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume is REQUIRED. Employment history must include whether or not employment was part time or full time.  If employment was part -time, you must list the # of part time hours worked per week.  You must also include employment starting and ending dates in the month/year format for each employer. - (A resume is required of all applicants)
  2. A signed and fully completed VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (This is required). Starting and ending employment dates must be on your application
  3. You must respond to all questions on the Occupational Questionnaire - required
  4. Copy of college Transcript showing completion of your PhD (required) ** All  applicants must submit a clear legible copy of their transcript that shows that your PhD was earned/conferred.  REQUIRED
  5. Proof of completion of APA approved internship (required).  **  All  applicants must submit proof of APA accredited internship completion with his/her application packet. - REQUIRED
  6. Copy of full, current, unrestricted State issued license as a Psychologist. NOTE:    All  applicants must submit a clear legible copy of his/her license with the application packet. - REQUIRED
  7. 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

  8. If you are current VA employee or current Federal government civilian employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent/last SF-50 (personnel action form).  (required, if applicable)

  9. If you posses additional credentials/certifications, please submit a copy with your application packet.                            Please indicate full time and/or part time hours and the time frames for your employment history (to include month and year for starting and ending dates of employment for each employer listed or non-paid work experience on your Resume/CV and on the 102850 C application).


VAMC Detroit
Phone: (313)576-1000x63946
Agency Information:
Mental Health Service
4646 John R
Detroit, MI


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Incomplete Applications will receive a rating of IDMA (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 and fax transmissions.

Please follow all instructions in the HOW TO APPLY section of this posting.  

Please do not send any application packet materials to the DETROIT/DINGELL VAMC.    This includes EMAILS, FAXES, US MAIL, or WALK –Ins will not be accepted under any circumstances at the DETROIT/DINGELL VAMC HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE.

You must use either the on-line process method OR the Fax option listed in the job posting.

The John D. Dingell HR office is not responsible for incomplete faxes, fax failure transmissions, power outages, or incompatible software issues. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure completed applicant packages are submitted in a timely manner.


Control Number: 332025400
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