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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FI-13-MRo-898337

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

5 vacancies in the following location:
El Paso County, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 898337

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 El Paso VAHCS is part of VISN 18 Network, and is a standalone ambulatory care facility with over 600 employees and growing. This opportunity offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, liberal vacation and predictable work hours with potential for an academic faculty appointment. We are an out-patient clinic with working hours from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are abundant and located conveniently in town.  Available outdoor adventures include camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snow tubing.

 

El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a western town. El Paso offers a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and two states.

 

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, and some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; people from all over the world come here to live, work, gather for business and retire.


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.


The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.

Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment incentive may be authorized for this position.

EDRP: The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

DUTIES:

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Substance Abuse:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for those persons diagnosed with substance use disorders.

-Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within the El Paso VAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients with substance use disorders.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the El Paso VAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all computerized patient record system (CPRS) documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

General Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injury:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for  complex or unusually difficult patients.

-Conducts cognitive evaluations and screenings for Veterans referred to TBI team.

-Conducts diagnostic and neurobehavioral histories and interviews, as well as psychological and personality assessment, of Veterans referred to the TBI team.

-Provides education on TBI to internal and external sources as requested.

-Provides individual, group, and family psycho-educational service to TBI team referrals.

-Provides training, didactics, and supervision to psychiatry residents, psychology and other trainees, and fellows.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy to those utilizing mental health services.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within EPVAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan in MHS. This includes prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the EPVAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the supervisor in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the MHS Chief.

-Assist the program supervisor in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Supervisor, MHS (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends Mental Health staff meetings and Medical Staff meetings, when appropriate, and complies with peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for those persons diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

-Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within the El Paso VAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients with PTSD.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the El Paso VAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

Suicide Prevention:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-The SPC functions as a coordinator of care of Veterans at high risk. Tracks high-risk patients and monitors treatment to ensure that needed services are being received.

-Completes referrals/consults from the National Crisis Hotline.

-Plays an active role in RCAs (Root Cause Analysis) for completed suicides by performing individual case reviews, assists with preparation of yearly aggregate summaries, and facilitates the implementation of system improvement recommended by the Team.

-Provides training to clinical and non-clinical staff in the facility, CBOC’s and community about risk factors, warning signs, treatment options and resources.

-Establishes an on-going training program with non-clinical frontline staff to assure that they are aware of options for patients whom they come in contact during crisis situations.

-Promotes the use of evidence-based interventions and strategies for suicide prevention in the medical center.

-Develops and distributes outreach materials to include brochures, fact sheets, web content, and other targeted information which highlights suicide prevention, warning signs and risk factors.

-Develops and implements ongoing plan for providers, Veterans, families and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs for suicide and treatment options.

-Independently plans, designs, implements the program, determines program goals and objectives, and completes reports for the VISN or VA Central Office. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

-Prepares and maintains administrative records, data bases, and reports in accordance with VACO and local guidelines.

-Develops and monitors quality improvement measures. The incumbent formulates and implements an internal evaluation process through which progress toward goals and objectives can be objectively monitored. Implements changes based on the results of evaluations and performs impact assessments of these changes. Ensures that any required external evaluation of the program is submitted within established time frames.

-Interfaces with services throughout the facility, including but not limited to medical providers and patient advocate, to resolve administrative and clinical problems. This includes collaboration on individual patients and the coordination of medical care within the treatment team.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

General Mental Health:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.

-Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within El Paso VAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the El Paso VAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges.

-Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the Chief, Mental Health Service.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular Mental Health Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns (when applicable).

-May be affiliated with the local Medical School with a faculty appointment.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN 18, National, or University):

-May be asked to serve on various committees

-May be assigned tasks or special project assignments.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   
  • 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).
  • Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
  • 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.  There is an exception to the licensure which states: “The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist 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 basic 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.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-11: Must meet only the Basic Requirements

GS-12: Must meet the Basic Requirements and have one year of professional experience and meet the following KSAs:

1) knowlege 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, and

3) ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

GS-13:  Must meet the Basic Requirements and have a full, unrestricted license in addition to having two years of professional experience and meet the following KSAs:

1) knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniquest to the full range of patient populations,
2) ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health, and

3) knowledge of clinical research literature.

 

References:  VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18 http://www.avapl.org/pub/Hybrid_38_standards.pdf


PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/clinical.aspx

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); straight pulling (2 hours); reaching above shoulder; walking (2 hours); standing (2 hours); repeated bending (2 hours); near vision corrected to 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in on eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; and hearing (aid permitted).

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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, September 30, 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.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·OF-306
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c)
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript



VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 898337.
  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, September 30, 2013Monday, September 30, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Melissa Robles
Phone: (915)564-7963
Email: MELISSA.ROBLES@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA El Paso HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
5001 N Piedras
El Paso, TX
79930
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

FI-13-MRo-898337

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