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Job Title:  Psychologist (PCT Coordinator)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-603-13-RY795488-058G-B

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Louisville, KY United States
Current/Permanent Robley Rex Employees.


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.

This announcement is open to all qualified, non-temporary employees of the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).




Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  795488


**This position is also currently posted as a Social Worker, Nurse, Psychiatrist and Psychologist**

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade a which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications 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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Pre-employment physical exam may be required.
  • Fingerprints must be taken and adjudicated prior to employment.
  • English language proficiency required.


 **This position is also currently posted as a Social Worker, Nurse, and Psychologist**


This position is full time permanent.  You will be assigned to the Mental Health Service at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, Louisville, Kentucky.  As the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) Coordinator, you will be responsible for all patient care provided to Veterans who seek treatment for combat related stress disorders from all theatres where military combat has occurred. Responsibilities include assisting in the delivery of direct clinical services to veterans who present with PTSD and overseeing the delivery of PTSD related treatment services to Veterans served by the Robley Rex VAMC. The incumbent will be responsible for program direction, report writing, statistical tracking, and providing a range of direct patient care services to veterans served by the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT).

You will also provide assessment, individual, group, family, PE, CPT, and other evidence based psychotherapies for patients in the PCT program or as needed in the MH service. Incumbent will work within a treatment team setting in the PCT and will also provide consultation services to a variety of VAMC and community based clinicians. 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am-4:30pm with some evenings and weekends.





·         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.   

  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.

Selection Criteria for this position: These are considered to be enhancing (Make sure to include in your resume).

·         VA trained, certified, and experienced in both CPT And PE.

·         Experienced in 2 PTSD EBTS and experienced in at  least one of the following: seeking safety or substance abuse treatment, ACT or mindfulness based treatment, CPT for insomnia, IRT or motivational interviewing.

·         Paid post graduate work experience performing diagnostic assessments and utilizing two or more of these specific tools: CAPS, BDI, MENT, PAI, PCL.

·         Has coordinated an interdisciplinary specialty or therapeutic team of 5 or more members for more than 2 years.

·         Full time paid post graduate work experience in organizational development or specialized training in leadership, program development or systems design.

·         Demonstrated dependability and responsible leave usage.

·         Group facilitation knowledge and experience desirable.



Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education.   Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.   A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


A transcript or course listing (noting credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking) MUST be submitted if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.   Applications submitted without this information may not be considered. 


Original transcripts will not be returned. 


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.


*** You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States at the time of application. If 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.   Veteran's 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 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 your 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.  


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 (FERS).   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  


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.    For hard to recruit/retain occupations, VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  


This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.   The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.   Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro.   Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005.   As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro.   Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.  


When applying for this position, to be found qualified, you must provide a complete application package (see "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 17, 2012.

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 ( ) 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.


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.   Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application   Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.   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, provides less room for error and more information as applications are processed. (Note: Mailed/emailed applications will NOT be accepted.)

NOTE: To change or update your application, simply re-apply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  

To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( ), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you cannot apply online:

You will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire ( View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( ) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.   The 1203FX form 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:


Complete the following cover page using 795488.   You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.   Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.  



*** Having trouble applying for VA Vacancies? – an applicant guide "VA Guide to: Applying for VA Vacancies" is now available: ***


The following documents are required:

·       Resume;

·       Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;

·       VA-Form 10-2850c – Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at;

·       Copy of your transcripts, if you are using education to qualify;

·       Current and previous Federal Employees must submit most recent   Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that includes grade, step, and eligibility to apply;

·       DD-214 Member 4 Copy, or equivalent showing dates of service and character of discharge, if claiming veterans preference.   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

·      Other documents – use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  


Failure to submit the required documents will result in a determination of ineligible. You will not be contacted for additional information .

Optional documentation you may submit (this documentation is not required to process your application package; however if selected will be required at a later date):

·          OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment ( )


Cheryl L. Quebbeman
Phone: (502)287-4513
Agency Information:
VHA Louisville VAMC
Louisville, KY


After receipt of your complete application package, your application will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Your application will also be reviewed to assure that your application/resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, your qualifications will be rated accordingly. Qualified candidates may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration at which time best qualification determinations will be made. If interviews are conducted, those in the best qualified group will be contacted for an interview.  Performance based interviews will be used.  For more information on performance based interviewing, you may visit  You will be notified of the outcome. 

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