Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 881673

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.  

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 and leadership positions 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/

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.

Complete application packages received by May 14, 2013 will receive first consideration.  If a selection is not made, complete application packages will then be referred for consideration every two weeks. 

Duties

The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for a clinical psychologist to provide an interdisciplinary approach to pain care.  Incumbent will provide experienced pain psychological support for patients with complex chronic pain needs.  The pain psychologist will play a major role in the bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and empowerment of patients to eliminate harmful psychological behaviors and replace them with healthy behaviors.  Duties: Including, but not limited to the following: Provide psychological assessment of individual patients, develop formulations of presenting problems and make diagnoses, where appropriate.  Provide effective clinical psychology interventions which are patient centered based on assessment and formulation, as well as promote dignity and respect of patients.  Participate in goal setting with patients.  Co-facilitate pain management groups, ensuring that pain management strategies and content are based on up-to-date scientific literature, best-practice and sound psychological principals.  Participate in interdisciplinary team assessments (initial assessments and reviews) of patients with ongoing pain problems, develop joint formulations and participate in collective feedback to patients, insuring that psychological aspects are appropriately included. Participate in the development of interdisciplinary treatment plans.  Participate at interdisciplinary team meetings to present and discuss clinical information of patients.  Develop and document clinical psychology treatment plans.  Maintain accurate and up to standard psychology records of all patients seen.  Develop and maintain close consultation and effective working relationships with health professionals and with specialist‘s services in relevant areas.  Develop and maintain coordinated case management and effective working relationships with referral sources.  Promote the pain service and its objectives positively and accurately to other health care professionals.  Review, evaluate and set personal performance objectives and be responsible for own professional development.  Provide services in biofeedback for pain management including Heart Rate Variability, Neurofeedback, and Microcurrent Electrical Stimulation.  Facilitate biofeedback-based groups in interdisciplinary care settings.  Design, develop, and implement research studies that look at current topics in the pain medicine literature, and translate findings into clinical practice.  Present and disseminate research finding to the VA community as well as the larger field of pain medicine in such formats as local and national conferences, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and communication back to the interdisciplinary team.  Performs other related duties.

Tour of duty:  Monday-Friday, 0800-1630