Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 970718

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!

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


Applicant must have experience providng care to those who have complex psychosocial needs, including substance use disorders in an Addiction Treatment Center.


This is a unit bargaining position.

Work Schedule:  Monday– Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm and some weekends and holidays may apply.


The psychologist seves as a staff psychologist for the Addiction Treatment Center at the American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The psychologist’s primary duties involve providing comprehensive clinical care to Veterans with complex psychosocial needs, including substance use disorders. Please note the incumbent must have experience providing care to those who have complex psychosocial needs, including substance use disorders in an Addiction Treatment Center (this is a selective factor).

Clinical Responsibilities

(1) Provides comprehensive psychological assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the Addiction Treatment Center, including services for patients with complex psychopathology requiring advanced psycho-diagnostic skills.
(2) Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions,
(3) Provides education to patients arid family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment.
(4) Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
(5) Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center.
(6) Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for, an assigned case load of patients, as indicated’ and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist.
(7) Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact note, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.
(8) Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.
(9) Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line.
(10) At the GS-13 Level Psychologists are usually licensed and function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Psychologists at this grade additionally assume independent professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.
(11) Other clinical responsibilities: Provides specialized assessment and treatment (individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducation) for substance use disorders.

Administrative Responsibilities
(I) Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical assessment and/or intervention programs.
(2) Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Team Leader, Program Director, and/or Service Line Leader.
(3) Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director 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, and facilitates organizational success on these measures at the team level.
(6) Complies with all Facility and Service Line policies and expectations concerning administrative practices, including but not limited to leave authorization, responding to Suspense items, and completing TMS educational requirements.
(7) Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Psychology Chief/Deputy Chief, Service Line Leader (or designee), Chief of Staff and/or Facility Director.
(8) Attends monthly Psychology Service Staff Meetings; Psychology Training Faculty Meetings; and participates in the Psychology Service biannual competency review process (OPPE and FPPE), periodically serving on the Psychology Service Clinical Pertinence Review Committee.
(9) Maintains current knowledge of, and practices in accordance with, Joint Commission requirements.
(10) Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with provisions of Federal privacy acts and confidentiality statutes. Follows regulations and instructions regarding release of sensitive or protected patient or employee information.

Relocation or recruitment incentives may be authorized. 

Travel Required

  • Not Required