Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 889392

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 12 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.

Duties

The incumbent serves as a Staff Psychologist for the Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service (MHBSS) specializing in the provision of outpatient psychotherapy services in the Specialized Mental Health Clinic (SMHC) through the use of telemental health. This position reports to the Lead Psychologist/Associate Chief of the MHBSS (a psychologist). Responsible for the provision of outpatient psychotherapy in-person as well as through telemental health. The incumbent will be knowledgeable and skilled in the delivery of evidenced-based psychotherapies (EBP) including those EBPs usedfor PTSD and depression. Services are recovery-oriented, patient-centered, and evidence-based meeting a wide range of psychological, social, emotional, behavioral,and interpersonal concerns of patients. These services contribute significantlyto the health and well-being of the veterans served by this agency. Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. 

Clinical Responsibilites include but are not limited to:

 

*     Provide a range of therapeutic interventionsincluding short and long term psychotherapy, individual and 

      group  psychotherapy. 

*     Provide a full range of psychotherapeuticservices including psychosocial assessment, individual, group and couplestherapy 

       using appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing qualitycare. 

*     Perform psychosocial evaluations for thefull range of mental conditions. 

*     Consultwith multidisciplinary staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.

*     Primaryassignment is to the general outpatient mental health service in the provisionof evidenced-based psychotherapies

      (especially for PTSD) through telementalhealth.

*     Independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as

       appropriate.