Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 879094

OUR MISSION: 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.  
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.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties

The person is assigned to Mental Health Service and is responsible for providing a full range of assessment, treatment and consultation to veterans, their families and other health care providers, specifically for veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).  As a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team, the psychologist has primary responsibility for the implementation of the PTSD program which includes both assessment and treatment activities.  The client population ranges from returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan through those who served during World War II.  The gender distribution is generally male, but there are increasing numbers of female veterans in the younger cohort.  Across these veteran populations, the psychologist will tailor patient care and support services to meet the needs of individuals, taking into account their cultural, ethnic, gender and age-related characteristics.  They will provide services appropriate to the complexity of the problem and at all points, in the continuum of care.  The incumbent conducts comprehensive intake assessments that result in accurate diagnosis and appropriate disposition for level of care and referral, if indicated.  Providing empirically based individual and group therapies and patient/family education.  Providing comprehensive mental health treatment services for all assigned patients, those with both acute and chronic conditions.  Providing consultation and educational services to health care professions throughout the facility regarding available PTSD services.

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm