Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 814740

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 25, 2012, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after January 25 will be reviewed and referred for consideration every two weeks until the position is filled.

Relocation expenses and recruitment/relocation incentives are 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, Monday- Friday. 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 level. 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 a staff neuropsychologist with the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP). You will offer treatment in the form of individual therapy, group therapy, and neuropsychological assessment, and you will also provide consultation to other members of the interdisciplinary team.

Clinical responsibilities include:

  • Providing a full range of neuropsychological diagnostic services including the use of neuropsychological and psychological testing for patients within STVHCS
  • Performing neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with mental health and medical disorders 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 neuropsychological tests when indicated
  • Providing a range of psychological therapeutic interventions with individuals with mental health and medical disorders 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.

VA Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Programs (PTRP) are time limited, goal oriented, residential rehabilitation programs that partner with Veteran and Servicemember participants to improve their physical, cognitive, communicative, behavioral, psychological, and social functioning after significant injury or illness.

Currently, there are four PTRPs operating nationally at the VA medical centers in Minneapolis, Palo Alto, Richmond, and Tampa. The San Antonio PTRP, located at 4949 Gus-Eckert Road, will be opening soon.

The overarching goal of the PTRPs is to help participants return to the most appropriate, least restrictive community setting, by targeting skills necessary for return to home, school, work, or military service, as feasible.

The PTRPs offer interactive therapy programs designed to address the individual needs and goals of each participant, challenge participants through a wide range of individual and group therapeutic activities and living skills practices, focus heavily on community reintegration activities, and employ teams of licensed and credentialed rehabilitation professionals who provide patient-centered, integrated care.