Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 814741

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 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.


If you are selected for this position you will serve as a staff psychologist in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) program, which is a 40-bed program designed to serve the needs of homeless or soon-to-be homeless veterans by integrating the principles of Recovery into the program. You will be a member of the DCHV interdisciplinary treatment team and will provide a full range of clinical services including assessment, consultation, individual and group psychotherapy, social skills training, vocational assessment and referral, general life skills and money management classes.

Clinical Responsibilities include:

  • Providing a full range of psycho-diagnostic services for DCHV residents 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 cognitive tests when indicated
  • Providing a range of psychological therapeutic interventions for DCHV residents 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
  • Developing psychotherapeutic program activities, including cognitive-behavioral groups and social skills training modules and developing a weekly activity schedule for the DCHV Psycho-Therapy Clinic (PTC)