Job Overview

Summary

**THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN AMENDED TO  CHANGE THE CLOSING DATE TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2013.**

 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Clinical Psychologist (HBPC); GS-0180; 1 vacancy; Biloxi, MS

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:  RV-BLG-13-881928-R19

Open Date:  04/24/13      Close Date:  09/30/13

 

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.  


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).


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.

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

As a Clinical Psychologist the incumbent deals with extremely complex diagnostic, therapeutic questions involving patient care.   The incumbent must recognize deficits and problems which may be encountered in a diverse patient population with varying and complex medical and/or psychological problems in achieving satisfactory psychological adjustment.   The ultimate psychological rehabilitation of patients depends upon the functions of this position.   The incumbent ensures that all Healthcare system patients referred for psychological evaluation and/or treatment are provided appropriate services in a comprehensive, unified manner, and on a timely basis. The optimal candidate will have a broad variety of assessment and therapy skills, including training in Evidenced Based Therapies.  The incumbent will provide evidence-based health and geriatric psychology in the homes of Veterans with complex disabling diseases by performing capacity/competency assessments, screen for cognitive deficits, assess Veterans for advance directives, provide individual/group psychotherapy, and provide psycho-educational and supportive interventions.  In addition, the HBPC psychologist provides effective interventions with spouses and family members oftentimes serving as caregivers to home-based Veterans.