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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist PTSD

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:757-13-095E-838067

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$58,916.00 to $109,164.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Columbus, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 838067

Open continuous until filled; applications reviewed weekly.

 

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

At the Columbus VA, we honor those who serve through our unwavering commitment to provide the Excellent Care that every Veteran deserves. Columbus VA is a Veteran-centric medical center, where our doctors, nurses, and staff fully consider the comprehensive needs of Every Veteran. At Columbus VA, we consider it our mission to do everything we can, Every Time, to positively affect the lives of 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.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Subject to a background and/or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will specifically address the complex needs of veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and co-morbid Substance Abuse Disorders. In addition to direct clinical services for substance abuse, the incumbent will also provide prevention services to PTSD clients to diminish the risk that they will develop substance abuse problems. It is expected that the incumbent will successfully coordinate service delivery within the PTSD Team, and

with the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinator, the returning Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Combat Veterans Clinical Coordinator, Substance Abuse Services, and other Behavioral Health Care Line services. The psychologist applies advanced strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. He/she has advanced knowledge of culturally sensitive psychological assessment techniques, diagnosis,

intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The incumbent is also required to exercise judgment in the selection or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques, and practices in treating patients or developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of clinical populations. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care in both individual and group

modalities, consultation on difficult or complex cases, education of staff and trainee supervision. Preferred evidence-based practices would include Seeking Safety, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Coping Skills Training/Cue Exposure, Motivational Interviewing and Integrative Dual Diagnosis Treatment.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.   


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

U.S. citizenship

English language proficiency (written and spoken)

Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program accredited by the APA.

EXPERIENCE

GS-12 grade requires one year post doctoral experience obtained in a professional program concerned with health, rehabilitation or vocational restoration.

GS-13 grade requires two years post doctoral experience with licensure.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Work is sedentary. 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

References  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard.  http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/QualStandards.htm


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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are 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. Veterans 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 to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect 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.


BENEFITS:

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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, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. 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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

 

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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 838067.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  5.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cindy L. Lamprecht
Phone: (614)388-7087
Email: CINDY.LAMPRECHT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA ACC Columbus
Department of Veteran Affairs
420 North James Road
Columbus, OH
43219-1837

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

757-13-095E-838067

Control Number:

337325100