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Job Title:  SARRTP Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OJ-13-MAB-884424-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,245.00 to $113,478.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Perry Point, MD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 884424 

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.


MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." –Abraham Lincoln


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.


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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 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. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.


The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.


The Perry Point VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful campus of approximately 400 acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay where patients can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, bicycling and jogging. Plus, there is ample, free parking on the grounds.


Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

1.    A premium benefits package

2.    A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3.    Work where you want to live

4.    On-the-job growth and advancement

5.    To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve


Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.



  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 through GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.


NOTIFICATION OF CONCURRENT VACANCIES: Please be advised; this is a multidisciplinary position. This position may also be filled as a Social Worker.

TOUR OF DUTY: This is a full-time position; 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Please note: Clinical services must be offered at least one evening per week, with the possibly of additional evening or early morning hours or weekend hours, depending on patient care needs and access to care.

PRIMARY DUTY LOCATION: Perry Point VA Medical Center. Travel may be needed at times to improve Veteran access to care.

INCENTIVES: Relocation Expenses are not authorized for this position. Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized for this position.

This position is assigned to the Mental Health Clinical Center (MHCC), VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), and serves as a Staff Psychologist, Substance Use Disorder Specialist providing addiction recovery services for Veterans in the Substance Abuse Residential Recovery Treatment Program (SARRTP). The incumbent will provide patient screening and evaluation at the Perry Point campus of our multi-site Health Care System, including: referrals, clinical counseling and all evidence based psychotherapeutic procedures, staff duties, follow-up care, treatment plans, performance measures and clinical reminders for Veterans suffering from addictive and related disorders including dually diagnosed Veterans. S/he will also assess and treat substance use/addictive disorders, psychodiagnosis, evidence based individual, group, marital, and family psychotherapy, development and updating individual treatment plans, team support and consultation, setting of treatment goals, patient screening and evaluations; which may also include MHARC (Mental Health and Referral Clinic), follow-up care, performance measures and clinical reminders. S/he will serve as a consultant to others needing guidance and direction in the management of complex, difficult patient care cases, especially involving substance use disorders in residential and other settings.

The incumbent may participate in developing and maintaining an effective relationship with multiple community-based and multiple VA-based treatment facilities within reasonable geographic distance in order to fully develop and implement a referral and aftercare for addictions. Administratively, the incumbent will be responsible for all routine and special addictions recovery reports, as needed, to local and national monitoring agencies (e.g. NEPEC, NIMH), monitoring and improving program performance on national VA measures, and all addictions quality improvement activities. The incumbent may provide training to Residential/Outpatient staff in evidenced based treatment methods and best practices for the treatment populations served. The incumbent may perform other duties as requested or assigned.



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·         U.S. Citizenship. [Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy].


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


·         Education.

1.    Doctoral degree in psychology from a 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,


2.    The successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the APA.   


Please note: 

Those with 6 months internship completed may apply. Supporting documentation, from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.


·         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. [The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or certification for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years on the condition that such psychologist provides patient care only under the direct supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed or certified]. 


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: None beyond the basic requirements.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess at least one (1) year of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at least one (1) year of work experience 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.  This experience must have demonstrated: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-12 level (knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; ability to incorporate new clinical procedures), applicants must possess at least two (2) years of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at least two (2) year of work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. This experience must have demonstrated: knowledge of and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations; ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health; knowledge of related clinical research literature; (supervisory) ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives; (supervisory) ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.


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. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. (Supervisory) psychologists at this level independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.



References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST, dated March 17, 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard, Psychology Series; available in the local Human Resources Office.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. The work associated with this position is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only 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: 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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. 


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·         Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.

·         Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·         New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

·         Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

·         Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·         Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.

·         Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


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.


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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


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee’s credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.



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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. 


To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 27, 2013 to receive consideration.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:


NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 884424.


2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 27, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:


1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  


3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):


Resume or CV


VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations


Occupational Questionnaire [online, or fax submission; do not complete both]


OF306 - Declaration of Federal Employment


Other: Proof of current certification, licensure or registration; college transcripts.


Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:


Prior military service: DD 214, SF 15, other Veteran documentation.


Current or prior federal service: include a copy of your latest SF50 - Notification of Personnel Action; listing position, grade/step, location, and salary


Current VA Employees: please consider including a copy of your latest Performance Appraisal


Current Psychologist Interns: Those with 6 months internship completed may apply. Supporting documentation, from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.


Other: Cover Letter, etc.




Melissa A. Brewer-Castillo
Phone: (410)642-2411
Agency Information:
VHA Maryland HCS Perry Point
PO BOX 1045 Bldg 11H
Perry Point, MD


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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