Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 943855

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. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

DISABLED VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY 

Note:  The duty station is at the North County CBOC; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the Health Care System. North County CBOC is located at 6854 Parker Rd, Florissant, MO 63033.

Tour of Duty - To be Determined

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED

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.

If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.  For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website(s) on the Internet: http://www.va.gov/pbi.  In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.

Probationary Period:  This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.

Bargaining Unit Status:  Covered; FLSA - exempt  

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 psychologist for whom this functional statement applies is a member of the Mental Health in Primary Care Team of the Mental Health Service assigned to provide psychological services as a member of a Primary Care Teams at the North County CBOC. Incumbent provides the full range of psychological services as an integral member of the primary care team, including assessment, individual counseling, psychoeducational groups, and assisting the team in the clinical management of their patients by providing psychological expertise to the medical staff. Services provided will be a blend of face-to-face and telemental health coverage to various facilities within the VA St Louis Healthcare System.

A. Clinical Responsibilities:  (90%)

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

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

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

4.  Provides consultation to professional staff within VA St. Louis Healthcare System and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

5.  Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for patients on the Primary Care panel who require such treatment.

6.  Completes Compensation and Pension exams.

7.  Functions independently as a member of the VA St. Louis Healthcare System Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. 

B. Administrative responsibilities:  (10%)

1.     Assists the Chief of Psychology and ACOS in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

2.     Adheres to operational policies and procedures established by the Chief of Psychology and ACOS MHS.

3.     Assists the Chief of Psychology and ACOS MHS in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

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

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

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

7.     Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Psychology, ACOS MHS (or designee) and facility Director.

8.     Attends regular Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures.