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Job Title:Staff Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VP-13-SaW-915361-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,255.00 to $113,496.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

8 vacancies in the following location:
Tacoma, WA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 915361

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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

THESE POSITIONS ARE IN THE BARGAINING UNIT.

These positions are located within Mental Health Service Line, American Lake Division, Tacoma, WA.

NOTE: Current, permanent employees of VA Puget Sound will receive first consideration.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

DUTIES:

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The American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has multiple positions available for staff psychologists in the following programs:

 

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (IOP): The Intensive Outpatient Program is an intensive, 2-4 week outpatient program providing evidence-based treatment to veterans with mental illness that require a higher level of intensity of services as compared to traditional outpatient treatment. Veterans attend the program for a minimum of three hours per day, three days per week. Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with various mental disorders who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in the Intensive Outpatient Program of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., DBT; PE; CPT; ACT; MI/ME; CBT), including individual and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with various mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans; 4) Provide case management for an assigned caseload of patients while involved in the IOP; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services in an intensive outpatient setting; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

 

MENTAL HEALTH REHABILITATION AND RECOVERY TREATMENT PROGRAM: The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Treatment Program (MHRRTP) at the American Lake Division(s) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The psychologist's primary duties involve The MHRRTP is designed to provide residential rehabilitative and clinical care to eligible Veterans who have a wide range of medical, psychiatric, social, and vocational needs. The MHRRTP consists of three program tracks: 1) Substance abuse, 2) PTSD, and 3) DCHV (Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans w/ the ability and motivation to return to competitive employment). Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., DBT; PE; CPT; ACT; MI/ME; CBT), including individual and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with various mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans; 4) Provide case management for an assigned caseload of patients while involved in the MHRRTP 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services in an intensive outpatient setting; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

 

PRIMARY CARE MENTAL HEALTH INTEGRATION: The Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) program provides integrated mental health services within a large primary care medical setting. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and expert consultation in the areas of mental health (with an understanding of mind/body connection), while working in the interdisciplinary PCMHI team at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders within a primary care medical setting; 2) Coverage for a same-day access clinic within primary care medicine; 3) Provision of brief, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, couples and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with PTSD and substance use disorder; 4) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans for an assigned caseload of patients; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning mental health issues in medical patients; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

 

PTSD/SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER PSYCHOLOGIST: The PTSD/SUD Psychologist is assigned to the PTSD Outpatient Clinic, providing expert clinical and consultative services in trauma and addictions across both the PTSD Program as well as the Addictions Treatment Center. Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occuring substance use disorders who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and expert consultation in the areas of trauma and addictions, while working in the PTSD Outpatient Clinic (POC) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., PE, CPT, ACT, CBT, MI/ME, etc), including individual, couples and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with PTSD and substance use disorder; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 5) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning trauma and addictions; 6) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 7) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

 

SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS PROGRAMS: The Serious Mental Illness Programs consist of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center and Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program. The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) is a mental health program designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful life roles for veterans challenged with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. The Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program is an intensive case management program for veterans with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. The program is focused on rehabilitation and improved quality of life which involves frequent contacts with a flexible and community-based clinical staff. Psychologists in these programs are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI) and other co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in SMI programs of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., CBT, Social Skills Training, Illness Management), including individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with SMI and commonly co-occurring substance abuse; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Provide case management for an assigned caseload of patients while involved in the PRRC; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

 

TELEMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM/PRIMARY CARE MENTAL HEALTH INTEGRATION: The Telemental Health Program at the VA Puget Sound is an exciting, growing, and cutting-edge clinical program within the Primary Care Mental Health Service. As part of the Telemental Health Program, the psychologist will provide telemental health services to VA sites of care throughout VISN 20, to include Veterans’ homes. The psychologist should be familiar with telehealth technologies and telehealth systems administration. Organizational skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential for delivering distance-based mental health services. The psychologist may deliver additional services physically at sites of care (e.g., CBOCs) at some interval. In addition, the psychologist will spend a portion of their time providing clinical mental health care and consultation within Primary Care Medicine as part of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration program (balancing telehealth work with in-office care). Duties for psychologists in these roles include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, both via televideo conferencing as well as within a primary care clinical setting; 2) Coverage for a same-day access clinic within primary care medicine; 3) Provision of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, couples and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with a myriad of mental health conditions (to include specialized PTSD care); 4) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans for an assigned caseload of patients; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning mental health issues in medical patients; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

 

VETERANS INTENSIVE PTSD (VIP) PROGRAM: The VIP Program is an intensive 3-week outpatient program providing evidence-based PTSD treatment to veterans with military-related PTSD. Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in the Veterans Intensive PTSD (VIP) Program of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., PE, CPT, ACT, and/or CBT), including individual and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with PTSD and commonly co-occurring conditions including depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders other than PTSD; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 5) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services; 6) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 7) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

 

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm (Some positions may additionally include opportunities for weekend coverage)

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

·         U.S. citizenship

·         English language proficiency (written and spoken)

·         Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

·         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.  Exception:  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 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

 


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  using the following Vacancy ID 915361.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. VA Form 10- 2850c - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf.  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Shazuth A. Woods
Phone: (206)658-4268
Email: SHAZUTH.WOODS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Puget Sound HCS
1660 S Columbian Way S-005A -HRMS
Seattle, WA
98108
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

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Job Announcement Number:

VP-13-SaW-915361-MHC

Control Number:

346252900