SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR : Selective factors are knowledge, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of a particular position. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE FOLLOWING SELECTIVE FACTOR ARE INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION: A COPY OF THIS LICENSURE MUST BE
SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
Clinical Psychologist: Must possess and maintain a valid, current, unrestricted license or certification in a State.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS :
· Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology. The specialization has additional educational requirements, as stated below:
Clinical psychology -- For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.
· Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.
Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours
required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If
this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of
study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a
prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally
refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
· Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.
The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the
applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is
comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study
with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college
degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These
courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more
responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly
appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
The individual occupational requirements for some series make no provision for combining experience and education. Therefore, they do not include paragraph B provisions.
For a small number of occupations or positions covered by this standard, applicants may possess certain kinds of experience in lieu of education. In such cases, applicants may meet minimum qualification requirements through experience equivalent to a 4-year degree. These situations are generally described in paragraph C of the individual occupational requirements.
Applicants whose experience is used to meet the basic requirements through a paragraph B or C provision may qualify for grades above the entry level if that experience includes 1 year of specialized experience. In such cases, the specialized experience would have to be evaluated to determine if it is at the appropriate grade level in the normal line of progression.
Experience and Education:
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below:
GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.
Specialized Experience: For GS-12 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-11) that included duties such as:
· Serve as member of a patient treatment unit where they perform psychological diagnosis and treatment; and participate in staff discussions of patient diagnosis, treatment, and progress.
· Carry out clinical psychological work in testing and assessment of personality and in individual and group psychotherapy.
· Use the full range of diagnostic tests for psychological assessment, and employ generally accepted psychotherapy techniques.
GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level.
Specialized Experience: For GS-13 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-12) that included duties such as:
· Performing psychodiagnosis and psychotherapy at a level of professional maturity for the full range of mentally disturbed patients.
· Make psychological assessments, and present diagnostic and treatment recommendations to the professional team.
· Formulate patient treatment plans, contributing their knowledge of psychological and personality assessment and evaluation.
· Utilize any therapeutic technique or combination of techniques indicated by the specific needs of the patient.
· Organize, structure, and conduct group therapy sessions, consulting with the professional treatment team on the selection of patients and objectives to be sought.
· Keep their superiors informed of the status and progress of individual cases and projects.
· Make decisions on the course of action that is professionally sound in light of current scientific information.
Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position.
You must provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:
- Resume complete in USAJOBS
- Responses to Questionnaire
- Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details)
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories:
Best Qualified Category -- Meet the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position
Well Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and meets most requirements of the position.
Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.
Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the Hiring Manager for employment consideration.
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume, and ensure you submit the appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. If you are entitled to veterans' preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed above qualified non-preference eligibles in your assigned category. Qualified veterans' preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category depending on the position and grade level of the job. For information on entitlement, see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.