Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 814739

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.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 18, 2013, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after January 18 will be reviewed and referred for consideration every two weeks until the position is filled.

The payment of recruitment/relocation incentives is not authorized.

The payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS)/relocation expenses is not authorized.

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) may be authorized.  EDRP authorizes VA to make debt reduction payments to certain recently appointed employees who have outstanding, qualifying educational loans.

WORK SCHEDULE: 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM. You may be required to provide service evenings and weekends as needed.

This position may be filled at the GS-11, GS-12, or GS-13 grade levels. Your salary and grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

Duties

If you are selected for this position you will serve as the Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC), which is a psychologist located in the Psychosocial Recovery and Rehabilitation Center (PRRC), Psychology Service, Mental Health Service Line, of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). You will assist with implementation of policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC) and facilitate implementation of recovery oriented services in Mental Health programs across STVHCS. You will be responsible for coordinating the integration of the recovery principles into mental health programs as outlined in the VA Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook. Also, you will be expected to consult with Mental Health staff to ensure that services focus on wellness, build on strength, and are tailored to the individual veteran’s needs. You will be responsible for promoting a partnership in planning and decision making between Veterans and their providers and promotes veterans to accept personal responsibility. You will use the best evidence-based psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery practices and promoting the use of peer providers and other Veterans who support each other’s recovery journey. You will assure that treatment is veteran focused and congruent with the veteran’s needs.

Clinical Responsibilities include:

·         Providing a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including the use of psychological testing for patients within STVHCS

·         Performing psychological evaluations for individuals with SMI for purposes of diagnostic clarification and treatment planning recommendations.  These evaluations employ a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, as well as objective and cognitive tests when indicated

·         Providing a range of psychological therapeutic interventions with individuals with SMI utilizing empirically supported modalities when indicated

·         Consulting with and serving as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in STVHCS