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Job Title:PC-MHI Clinical Health Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:H13-163-943195

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,245.00 to $113,478.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, August 26, 2013 to Friday, September 13, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Perry Point, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 943195 

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

 

MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." –Abraham Lincoln

 

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.

 

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. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

 

The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.

 

The Perry Point VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful campus of approximately 400 acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay where patients can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, bicycling and jogging. Plus, there is ample, free parking on the grounds.

 

Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

5. A premium benefits package

4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3. Work where you want to live

2. On-the-job growth and advancement

1. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

 

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to http://www.va.gov/ for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 through GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.

 

TOUR OF DUTY: This is a full-time position; 8:00a-4:30p. Some evening hours are required to improve Veteran access to care.  Some early morning and weekend hours are also required to enhance access to care.

PRIMARY DUTY LOCATION: Perry Point VA Medical Center. Some travel between sites may be required, for patient care and coordination of services, from time to time.

INCENTIVES: Relocation expenses, recruitment/relocation incentives are not authorized for this position. 

 

This position is assigned to the Mental Health Clinical Center (MHCC), VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), and will serve as a Clinical Health Psychologist. The position is located at the Perry Point VA Medical Center campus of our multi-site Health Care System. This co-located, collaborative care position is primarily assigned to the Primary Care- Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program, and is co-located within primary care. The incumbent will function as part of multidisciplinary primary care teams, and will deliver brief, consultation-based services to Veterans, primary care providers, and allied Patient Alliance Care Team (PACT) members. The focus is on general service delivery for a wide range of concerns and resolving problems within the primary care service context. Behavioral health visits are brief (generally 20-30 minutes), limited in number (1-6 visits), and are provided in the primary care practice area, structured so that the patient views meeting with the behavioral health provider as a routine primary care service. The incumbent will function within fast-paced primary care teams and can expect to consult with 8-10 patients per day with the primary goals of assisting PACT members with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population. 

 

Duties include, but are not limited to a full range of psychodiagnostic and clinical health psychologist services including assessment and using the most appropriate, evidence-based interventions in providing high quality care. S/he provides functional assessment, triage, brief intervention, education and consultative services regarding a wide range of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns, on referral from primary care providers and allied PACT members. The PC-MHI psychologist uses population based practice management strategies and maintains competences in the following core domains. The incumbent is skilled in identifying a wide range of patient care issues that may overlap between mental health and medical conditions, e.g., chronic pain, addictive disorders including prescribed medications, infectious diseases (i.e., AIDS/HIV), Traumatic Brain Injury (screening), diabetes, and other serious medical illnesses, along with the spectrum of psychological/psychiatric disorders more commonly seen in Primary Care, e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD, dementia (screening), etc.  The incumbent ideally need not necessarily have specialized expertise in other areas, e.g., PTSD, Neuropsychology, etc. S/he need not spend extensive time administering psychological tests (though that may be indicated at times) but, rather, is proficient in a wide range of screens to consult, assess, and refer to more specialized assessment and treatment program. S/he is able to assess, diagnose, refer, and treat a wide range of health and mental health conditions and crisis intervention.  Excellent interpersonal skills and expertise interacting with diverse health care disciplines, e.g., Health Behavior Coordinator, social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists, and administrators/managers is vital.  Consultative skills, time management, flexibility and willingness to be interrupted to respond to urgent/emergent Primary Care situations, and “curb-side consults” is also necessary. The incumbent may also perform the following: VA police psychological evaluations after appropriate training, perform Compensation and Pension exams after appropriate training, perform MHARC evaluations, performs other duties as requested or assigned.


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].

 

·        English Language Proficiency

Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

·        Education

http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/

 

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, -AND-

 

The successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the APA.

 

Please note: Those with 6 months internship completed may apply. Supporting documentation, from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.

 

·        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. [The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or certification for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years on the condition that such psychologist provides patient care only under the direct supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed or certified].

 

·        Physical Requirements

Candidate must pass pre-employment examination; which will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS

 

PLEASE NOTE: A 1-YEAR POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN CLINICAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY AND/OR PRIMARY CARE-MENTAL HEALTH INTEGRATION IS STRONGLY PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED.

 

CREDITABLE EXPERIENCE: To be creditable, experience must be post-doctoral degree and have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.

 

PLEASE IDENTIFY, IN YOUR RESUME, WHERE EACH KSA IS IDENTIFIED; SEE BELOW- GS-11/12/13 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE.

 

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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: None beyond the basic requirements.

 

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.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess at least one (1) year of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at least one (1) year of work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as 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. This experience must have demonstrated: 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.

 

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.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-12 level (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), applicants must possess at least two (2) years of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at least two (2) year of work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. This experience must have demonstrated: knowledge of and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations; ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health; knowledge of related clinical research literature; (supervisory) ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives; (supervisory) ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.

 

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. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. (Supervisory) psychologists at this level independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.

 

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST, dated March 17, 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard, Psychology Series; available in the local Human Resources Office.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. The work associated with this position is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.


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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only 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.

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.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·        Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.

·        Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·        New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

·        Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

·        Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·        Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.

·        Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

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. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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.

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee’s 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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

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 Friday, September 13, 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. 

 

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.

 

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

 

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 943195.

 

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 Friday, September 13, 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. 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit each of the following supporting document type(s):

1. Resume or CV

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

 

3. Occupational Questionnaire [online, or fax submission; do not complete both]

 

4. OF306 - Declaration of Federal Employment

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.PDF

 

5. Other (if applicable): Proof of current certification, licensure or registration; college transcripts conferral date); proof of US Citizenship (Naturalization Documentation)

 

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:

 

Prior military service: DD 214, SF 15, other Veteran documentation. Please submit 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.

 

Current or prior federal service: include a copy of your latest SF50 - Notification of Personnel Action; listing position, grade/step, location, and salary (Non-award)

 

Current VA Employees: please consider including a copy of your latest Performance Appraisal

 

Current Psychologist Interns: Those with 6 months internship completed may apply. Supporting documentation, from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will be met in the near future.

 

Other: Cover Letter, etc.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Melissa A. Brewer-Castillo
Phone: (410)642-2411
Email: MELISSA.BREWER-CASTILLO@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Maryland HCS Perry Point
PO BOX 1045 Bldg 11H
Perry Point, MD
21902
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, via email (Notice of Results notification- NOR), when this decision is made; please allow at least 48 business hours following the closure of this announcement.


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Job Announcement Number:

H13-163-943195

Control Number:

350369400