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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  BH-13-103-CC-888208

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Thursday, May 30, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hot Springs, SD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   888208 


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 VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota, where we are known for our blue skies, pine forests, rich history, moderate climate and friendly western hospitality.  The VA BHHCS provides primary, surgical, behavioral health, community living center (nursing home care) and domiciliary (residential  rehabilitation treatment program --RRTP) care for Veterans residing in western South Dakota and portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.  Care is delivered through the Fort Meade (near Sturgis) and Hot Springs VA medical Centers, as well as through a number of community-based outpatient and rural outreach clinics.  VA Black Hills is part of VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


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.



  • Must be a US citizen to apply for this position
  • Background/suitability investigation required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Pre-employment examination required
  • License (see qualifications section below)
  • APA accredited graduate education and internship programs


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The primary assignment of the incumbent is to provide a full range of psycho-diagnostic services (including

assessment, integrative summaries and treatment planning) to veteran patients in Transitional Residences

(TR) located in Pine Ridge, Hot Springs, Rapid City, and Sturgis, SD. Performs evaluations for veterans

with PTSD, substance abuse disorders and related disorders. Provides clinical expertise to PTSD staff in

the PTSD program. Provides therapeutic interventions including group and individual psychotherapy,

behavioral interventions, psycho-educational classes and brief evidence-based treatments as they relate to

the missions of the relevant programs. Consults with staff on a wide variety of patient care issues and

program development and program evaluation issues. Participates in regularly scheduled service and

discipline-based meetings. Participates in the Psychology Internship Program, providing supervision to

interns. Contributes to the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements using data driven

quality assurance processes. Helps to ensure that programs meet all CARF and Joint Commission

requirements. Is responsible for timely and accurate completion of all clinical charting and documentation as




A Psychologist with a full and unrestricted license to practice independently,

at the full performance level of GS-13 is preferred.   


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  • U.S. Citizenship. 
  • Education.  (1) Have a 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.   AND (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.  
  • 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.  NOTE:  This requirement may be waived for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment, on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed.  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist.  Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of appointment.
  • Physical Requirements. Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying 15-44 pounds; use of both hands required; walking; both eyes require; working alone; working closely with others.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: 



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.



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:1.

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.



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 addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.




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 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


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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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, 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.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).   The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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: .
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 888208.  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 following documents are required. If not submitted, you will be found ineligible:

  • Résumé or CV (REQUIRED)
  • 10-2850c "Application for Associated Health Occupations" (REQUIRED)
  • OF-306 "Declaration of Federal Employment" (REQUIRED)
  • Responses to the questionnaire (REQUIRED)
  • Copy of graduate transcripts (REQUIRED)
  • Copy of License (REQUIRED if applicable)
  • Copy of DD-214 (if claiming veteran preference)
  • SF-15 and supporting documentation (if claiming service-connected disability)
  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
  • Any other documents required by the checklist.


Cynthia J. Crago
Phone: (605)347-2511x6995
Agency Information:
VHA Black Hills HCS
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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