Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 855209

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?

This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

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.

Staff Psychologist GS-0180-13 Functional Statement

Duties

At the GS 11 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

- Ability to diagnose mental disorders and conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments

-Ability to treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders with particular attention to pain.

-Practice is under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

           

At the GS 12 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

 - Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including assessment and uses the    most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

 - Performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological and neuropsychological diagnoses.

- Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual, group and family psychotherapy and caregiver stress support with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

-If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.

At the GS 13 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment:

- Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including assessment and uses the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

- Performs evaluations for patients with a variety of psychological and neuropsychological disorders.

- Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual, group and family psychotherapy, and caregiver stress support with particular attention to patients with co-morbid medical problems and pain.

The psychologist also:

- Conducts Compensation and Pension Exams as directed by the Chief of Psychology. Examinations are completed in accordance with quality standards established by external review organization (DEMO) and in terms of time frames established for programs nationally.

- Provides supervision of trainees conducting direct clinical care.

- Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.

- Remains involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

- Provides administrative duties including:

- Scheduling of veterans and related issues.

- Report writing.

- Attending organizational meetings.

Work Schedule: Full-time and Part-time positions available; various shifts, including evening and weekend hours