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Job Title:Psychologist-PTSD

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VJ-13-JMH-872563-MHC

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Sunday, April 07, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Walla Walla, WA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 872563

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?

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center supports Psychosocial and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation and Outpatient services to veterans throughout Southeastern Washington, Southwestern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon.

Walla is a pleasant town of 40,000 near the beautiful Blue Mountain range of SE Washington State.   Excellent public schools and two 4-year colleges are an asset.   Our Main Street has been ranked as one of the best small town main streets in the U.S.    Sunset Magazine has proclaimed Walla Walla as one of the 10 best small towns in the U.S. and as a tourist destination because of the internationally acclaimed wine industry.

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.

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.   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 GS-13.   The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-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.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The Psychologist independently provides clinical psychotherapy and psychological assessment and treatment to eligible veterans. The health care and psychological problems and needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical intervention. The incumbent is required to interact with the patient, family, significant others, community agencies and other VA staff.  Areas of expertise include treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD). The incumbent participates in the development and implementation of a residential substance abuse treatment program and an outpatient substance abuse and PTSD treatment program for veterans.   Many veterans have co-occurring psychiatric disorders. The incumbent should have knowledge of evidence-based interventions including motivational interviewing, and brief interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or cognitive processing therapy (CPT). Because traumatic brain injury (TBI) is increasingly recognized as a common co-morbid condition with PTSD in the combat veteran, the incumbent will have knowledge of assessment and treatment approaches effective for TBI, and of the impact of TBI on PTSD treatment. Duties include, but are not limited to:   Psychological assessment and evidence based treatment of PTSD and SUD; Psychological testing, including testing for TBI; Provision of individual, group, couple-family therapies and workshops; Participation in a multi-disciplinary clinical team; Clinical program development and evaluation with an emphasis on prevention of chronicity of addictions among veterans with PTSD; Coordination of service delivery with other clinicians in both inpatient and outpatient PTSD services, including the military sexual trauma coordinator, the OEF/OIF program manager and case managers, and the Suicide Prevention Coordinator.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

·    Citizenship:   Citizen of the United States.

·     Education:   (1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.  AND (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.  Exceptions:  (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirements.

·     Licensure:   Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.  Exception:  The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care under the supervision of psychologist who is so licensed.  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a)(1)(D).  Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.  This may result in termination of employment.

·     Physical Requirements:   A pre-employment physical will be required for this position.

·     English Language Proficiency:   Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-11

·     Experience:   None beyond the basic requirements.

·     Assignment:   Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.

GS-12

·     Experience:   In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.  If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

·     Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1.   Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2.   Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3.   Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

·     Assignment:   At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level.  They may be assigned to any program area.

GS-13

·     Licensure:   Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

·     Experience:   In additional to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience is a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

·     Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1.   Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

2.   Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3.   Knowledge of clinical research literature.

·     Assignments:  This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.  At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.  They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.

1.   Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety or modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions.  They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is 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.

Reference:  VA Handbook 5005, http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

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

Physical Requirements:  The work will require periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, laptops, etc.  Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.  Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required.  However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.  Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position. 


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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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: 872563.  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 Friday, April 26, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume.
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) (Required).
  • Occupational Questionnaire (Required)
  • Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf ). 
  • If claiming prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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 ).
  • If currently employed as a Federal Employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jean M. Hulce
Phone: (509)527-3453
Email: JEAN.HULCE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Walla Walla VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
77 Wainwright Drive HR Department
Walla Walla, WA
99362

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:

VJ-13-JMH-872563-MHC

Control Number:

341311900