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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (Pain Management/Palliative Care)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HYB-583-14-978282TH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,669.00 to $106,853.00 / Per Year
Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Indianapolis, IN View Map
United States Citizens



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

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.


In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.


As a VA Clinical Psychologist, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


NOTE: Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives are not approved for this vacancy, PCS is not approved.

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.




  • 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


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NOTE: Standard tour of duty for this position is - Monday - Friday working 8:00 am - 4:30 pm OR 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.


NOTE: Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives are not approved for this vacancy.


Position Number/Functional Statement:000000 (Pain Program/Palliative Care Program Psychologist)


Duties and Responsibilities of Clinical Psychologist for the Pain Program & Palliative Care Program may include, but are not limited to:


The incumbent serves as a Staff Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, with assignments to the PM&R Pain Program and the Palliative Care Program.  


S/he consults with peers, the Medical Director of the PMRS Pain Program and team, the Director of the Palliative Care Program, the Psychiatry department, the Psychology Lead, and staff from other disciplines, as needed.  The Medical Director of the PMRS Pain Program and the Medical Director the Palliative Care Program, in consultation with the Psychology Lead, act as the clinical directors for the psychologist, to ensure adherence to professional standards of the practice of psychology as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for the delivery of direct services.   The Psychologist reports directly to the Lead Psychologist for supervisory controls.



·      Psychotherapy – Independently provides individual, family and group psychotherapy within the Pain Program (approximately 75% of clinical time) and the Palliative Care Program. Intervention is determined by patient needs, utilizing a variety of accepted treatment techniques, including complementary medicine approaches in the treatment of chronic pain conditions.  Knowledge regarding and ability to independently apply empirically supported interventions is required.   Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions for patients and their families, including assessing adjustments to illness/injury, coping style and its effectiveness, and the contribution official dom conditions to current emotional functioning and vice versa.  

·     Consultation - functions professionally and appropriately in multidisciplinary settings.  Works in a cooperative, collaborative, professional and productive manner with psychology staff and staff from other disciplines in a variety of contexts in order to advance the goals of the VISN.  Examples of these contexts include multidisciplinary team meetings, program planning, and educational meetings.    Serves as a consulting expert in psychological services to Pain Clinic and Palliative Care, and other relevant treatment personnel and medical center management.   Participates in the processing of e-consults and tele-health as needed.

·     Administrative Responsibilities - is responsible for the provision of comprehensive documentation which details adequacy, nature,and scope of services rendered and validation of responsibility and accountability.  Such reports are represented in treatment plans, progress notes, psychological evaluations, consultations, and other administrative activities as delegated by the Psychology Director or Mental Health Service Chief.







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·          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 (written and spoken)

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

·          License, Registration, Certification Requirements (as applicable). The Psychologist must 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.

·          Doctoral degree in psychology from agraduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), AND, successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.


Preferred Experience:


Professional experience in Pain Management and Palliative Care settings.



GS-11: Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12: Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.

GS-13Must hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level and have at least two years of postdoctoral experience appropriate to the specialty area of the position. One year of this experience must have been at a level of difficulty comparable to that of at least the GS-12 grade level of federal service. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program, evidenced by active professional practice (paid or non-paid employment as a professional psychologist) and a full, current, unrestricted license. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.




References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard,GS-180.

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: 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying 15-44 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; both eyes required; working alone; working closely with others.


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


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


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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


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 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.

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


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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 Thursday, October 31, 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,, 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.



               1.    Occupational Questionnaire

2.    CV or Resume

3.    VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations - Available at 

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

7.    Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.

8.    If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel


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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 978282.
  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 Thursday, October 31, 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 QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  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.


Tasha D. Henderson
Phone: (317)988-2346
Agency Information:
VHA Indianapolis VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Richard L Roudebush VAMC HRMS
Indianapolis, IN


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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