Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 896412

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals 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").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

Duties

You will function as a Clinical Psychologist in the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) of the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The James A. Haley VA Hospital isa 415-bed Level 1A medical center affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida.The MH&BSS is a large, complex organization consisting of the following components: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Program, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Inpatient Psychiatry, TBI/Polytrauma/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services Mental Health Services, Chronic Rehabilitation Pain Program, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Outpatient Psychology, Inpatient Psychology, Mental Health Clinic, Mental Health Primary Care Clinic, and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The Psychology Section of the MH&BSS has active APA-accredited predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs that espouse the scientist-practitioner model. The Clinical Psychologist may have the opportunity to be involved in a range of these training activities. Positions are available in the following four areas:

Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic Substance Abuse Specialist

The incumbent will serve in the Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic as a Substance Abuse Specialist. Primary responsibilities will include substance abuse-focused assessment, individual and group therapy, and program development. This specialist position requires experience in the field of substance abuse treatment. Experience and comfort with Harm Reduction or other CBT and moderation-based approaches is required. In addition, a significant portion of the caseload will require general psychotherapy skills, and a breadth of experience assessing and treating the full gamut of mental health disorders is essential. Training and experience in evidence-based therapies is preferred. The caseload will include a significant percentage of veterans with PTSD.

Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic Psychotherapist

The incumbent will serve in the Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic as an Outpatient Psychotherapist. Primary responsibilities will include assessment and individual and group therapy. This is a generalist position which requires a breadth of experience assessing and treating the full gamut of mental health disorders. Training and experience in evidence-based therapies is preferred. Caseload will include a significant percentage of veterans with PTSD.

Spinal Cord Injury Section Rehabilitation Psychologist

The incumbent will serve as a Rehabilitation Psychologist within the Spinal Cord Injury Section of the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service. The Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders (SCI/D) Service provides clinical care to individuals who have sustained spinal cord injuries or other causes of spinal cord dysfunction, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal stenosis, tumors, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The inpatient component is comprised of 100 beds, including 10 beds for individuals dependent on ventilators and 30 beds for individuals who reside in our SCI/D community living center. Annually, it provides acute and sustaining care to more than 1200 individuals, including the 10-bed CARF-accredited Inpatient Rehabilitation Program for individuals newly injured. The SCI/D Service also provides rehabilitation services through outpatient and home-care programs and through provision of the Annual Comprehensive Examination. Patient characteristics vary considerably from the older WWII veteran to young active duty individuals injured in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.  

Primary responsibilities will include direct patient care services including psychological and cognitive evaluations, psychosocial needs assessment as part of the Annual Examination, psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational interventions, and consultation/education to allied health professionals on difficult or complex cases. It is expected that this individual will actively participate in our APA-accredited clinical psychology internship program and our 2-year, APA-accredited rehabilitation psychology postdoctoral residency program. In addition, the psychologist may have collateral research obligations and limited administrative/managerial duties.

We prefer individuals with a strong scientist-practitioner background who can contribute not only to the clinical care of individuals with SCI/D but who can also contribute to the training programs of the service and to the scientific knowledge base of rehabilitation psychology and SCI/D rehabilitation. Empirical quantitative research experience is required.

Outpatient PTSD Psychologist

The incumbent will serve on the Post Traumatic Stress Clinical Team as a Combat and Military Trauma Outpatient Specialist. Primary responsibilities will include assessment, individual and group therapy, and program development. This specialist position requires experience in the field of evidence-based interventions for trauma processing, and training in Prolonged Exposure and/or Cognitive Processing Therapy is preferred. It is expected that the incumbent will actively participate in our APA-accredited clinical psychology internship program. We prefer individuals with a strong scientist-practitioner background who can contribute not only to the clinical care of individuals with PTSD but who can also contribute to the training programs of the service and to the scientific knowledge base of PTSD. Experience serving as a mentor or supervisor in a formal pre- or post-doctoral psychology training program is preferred. Empirical quantitative research or clinical program evaluation experience is preferred.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, varying schedules from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as necessary 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.

ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE OPEN UNTIL ALL VACANCIES ARE FILLED.

Travel Required

  • Not Required