According to the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix F3, and per the Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0180 all of the basic qualification requirements below must be met in order to be eligible for a Psychologist position at the Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS:
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
(1.) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology - accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. Note: Approved doctoral programs are those from an accredited college or university whose curriculum in clinical psychology is approved at the time of applicant's graduation by the American Psychological Association (APA). ** Graduates of schools of Psychology that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school is fully accredited.
(2.) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Note: The internship requirement is a vital and integral part of the basic requirements and as such must be fully and carefully evaluated. Acceptable internships consist of an organized training program, in contrast to supervised experience or on-the-job training, designed to provide the intern with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences with the primary purpose to assure breadth and quality of training. Such internships may be gained in VA training programs which meet American Psychological Association (APA) internship requirements or in other health service settings whose internships are accredited by the APA. Internships normally consist of 1 year training under a licensed psychologist in an organization with sufficient staff and varied programs to provide the required breadth and quality of training. Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.
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.
Exception: The Secretary / Appointing Officer may waive the licensure requirements and accept applications from unlicensed or uncertified candidates who have successfully completed the educational requirements subject to obtaining the required licensure or certification within 2 years following entry on duty 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 under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
Physical Requirements: A pre-employment physical will be required for this position.
English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.
In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following criteria must be met when determining if and at what grade level you meet the experience for the position:
Specialized Experience: The experience must indicate the applicant's ability to perform the duties of a psychologist in the area of work and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade for which being considered.
(A.) Creditable Experience:
Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:
- Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.
- A full, current, and unrestricted license.
(B.) Quality of Experience: Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level. The required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for a position. Your record of education and experience must clearly demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of the position. The primary consideration is the quality and level of experience. Part time experience will be prorated in calculating the amount of qualifying experience.
GS-11: (a) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. (b) 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.
GS-12: (a) 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 a 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, (b) the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Demonstrated KSAs for GS-12:
- 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.
(c) 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.
GS-13: (a) Licensure: Must 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. (b) Experience: You must possess two years of postdoctoral experience appropriate to the specialty area of the positionat least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. (c) In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(c) Demonstrated KSA's for GS-13:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient population.
- Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
- Knowledge of clinical research literature.
(d) Assignments: This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. Staff Psychologists 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. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skill, and abilities associated with this position as defined above. When describing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. IF YOUR RESUME DOES NOT SUPPORT YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE ANSWERS, WE WILL NOT ALLOW CREDIT FOR YOUR RESPONSE(S).
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. Graduates of schools of Psychology that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school is fully accredited. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 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. ***
- Probationary Period: This position requires the completion of an initial 1-year probationary period, if not already completed.
- This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
- Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
- Incumbent will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.
- All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to random drug screen (urinalysis) for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.
- Background Investigation: New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Applicants must not be listed on the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusionary List.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You are responsible for completing the application process. Please do not call the facility HR office to ask them to verify that you have completed the process/forms correctly.
Once the job announcement closes ( Thursday, June 27, 2013) & the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements & that you provided all of the required forms that are listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in service, etc.
If you do not submit all of the documents that are required for this announcement you will be marked ineligible and you will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). We will not be held responsible for incomplete applications.
Requests for reconsideration will not & can not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package by the closing date of the announcement.