- Citizenship - Must be citizen of the United States
- English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English
- Education - Must have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is employee. 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 HVA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time 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. COPIES OF UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED
- Licensure - Must 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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL: 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. Specialized Experience: Diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, and treat mental disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. Must have 2 years of post-doctoral experience as a psychologist with at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12).
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standards, 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. 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: 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. ***
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.
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.
Applicants Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.
This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). 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, etc.
Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.
Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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.
You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's). Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the KSAOs listed below. All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their CV or resume. Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating. Please review carefully before making an online response selection. Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response.
1. Advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies the psychologist to provide mental health care to patients with co-occurring complex, chronic medical conditions, including patients who are elderly.
2. Knowledge of and skill in working in primary care settings requiring collaboration and consultation with medical providers.
3. Experience in providing consultation about mental health diagnosis and appropriate treatment plans to professionals representing a variety of disciplines, including nurses, physicians, and social workers, concerning elderly and medically compromised patients.
4. Knowledge, skill, and training in health psychology as evidenced by experience functioning as a psychologist or psychology trainee in medical settings.
5. Skill in assessing a wide range of psychopathology and communicating results of comprehensive psychosocial disability evaluations using DSM-IV for assigning multi-axial diagnoses.
6. Skills, abilities and experience conducting cognitive screening and capacity assessments, particularly for elderly patients and/or patients with co-occurring medical disorders.
7. Skills and abilities in providing education to patients, family members of patients, and professional staff.
8. Demonstrated ability to function successfully as a member of an inter-professional team of medical and mental health providers.