Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1021404

NOTE: This an open continuous announcement.

Initial cut-off date for this vacancy will be on 02/24/2014, applications will be referred as recieved or as additional vacancies occur.

Subsequent cut-off dates are as follows: 03/14/2014, 04/4/2014, 04/25/2014, 05/16/2014, 05/30/2014, 06/12/2014, 07/11/2014, 07/25/2014, 08/15/2014, 08/29/2014, 09/12/2014, 09/26/2014, 10/10/2014, 10/31/2014, 11/14/2014, 12/12/2014, 12/31/2014.

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.  
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 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov

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.

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.

Please note: Four separate vacancies are being advertised under this recruitment. Psychologist (Local Recovery Coordinator), Psychologist (Mental Health Intensive Case Management), Psychologist (TeleMental Health), and Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Psychologist.

NOTE: EDRP has been approved only for the Psychologist (Mental Health Intensive Case Management)


The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Recruitment/Relocation Expenses: Recruitment/Relocation expenses may be authorized for this position.


Duties

As the Clinical Psychologist for Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (TVCBHCS) for the Mental Health Service Line at Harlingen, Texas the incumbent will apply advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies. The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System offers an extensive array of Mental Health Services to Veterans at each of its facilities including the Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinic, Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic, Harlingen VA Outpatient Clinic, the Health Care Center at Harlingen, Laredo VA Outpatient Clinic, and the McAllen VA Outpatient Clinic. Positions are available in the following four areas:

Psychologist (Local Recovery Coordinator)-Harlingen Ambulatory Surgery Center

The assignment will require implementation of policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC) and be responsible for facilitating and implementing recovery oriented services in Mental Health Programs, which will include but are not limited to: education of providers, veterans and their families on their recovery, and working with community mental health stakeholders for the purpose of evaluation and implementation efforts. The incumbent will serve as a recovery ombudsman to the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health supervisory psychologists, program managers in psychology and psychiatry and clinical staff on recovery and implementation of recovery oriented services, and act as a consultant to Mental Health Programs and to veterans in development of peer support groups, consumer counseling, and consumer operated services.

Psychologist (Mental Health Intensive Case Management) Harlingen Out Patient Clinic

As the Staff Psychologist for the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Team-(MHICM) for the Department of Veterans Affair’s Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System-(TVCBHCS), the incumbent will apply advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in the home and community-based setting. The Staff Psychologist will demonstrate advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention and behavioral health to provide advice and consultation services on difficult or complex cases. The incumbent will provide direct patient care, and perform psychological evaluations for individuals with mental health and medical disorders for the purpose of diagnostic clarification and development of treatment planning, make recommendations.

Psychologist (Telemental Health) McAllen Out Patient Clinic

The Telemental Health Psychologist for Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System will provide a full range of psychological services via video teleconferencing. The Psychologist will deliver Telemental health services to Veterans located at all VA Department of Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System facilities: McAllen Outpatient Clinic, Harlingen Outpatient Clinic, Harlingen Health Care Center, and Corpus Christi Out Patient Clinic, Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic, and Laredo Outpatient Clinic, as well as to non-VA sites of care. The incumbent will provide Psychological services to include: screening for psychopathology, cognitive deficits, psychotherapy-individual and/or group formats, empirically-based interventions, and serve as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of and development of psychological services.

Psychologist Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) Harlingen Ambulatory Surgery Care Center

The Home Based Primary Care Psychologist will be assigned to Psychology Service under the Mental Health Service Line with primary assignment to the Home-Based Primary Care Program (HBPC).  The Psychologist will be assigned to the Harlingen Ambulatory Surgery Center, and will be tasked with serving Veterans in both the Harlingen and McAllen areas.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (HBPC) program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease.   This Psychologist will provide a full range of psychological services to HBPC patients, including screening for psychopathology and cognitive deficits; psychological, cognitive, and capacity assessments; brief psychotherapy; and health promotion and prevention-oriented services.  The individual will also provide evidence-based interventions to help (HBPC) patients manage behavioral factors associated with behavioral medicine problems and to promote medical compliance. 

Note: These are Bargaining Unit Positions.

Note: Tour of Duty will be Monday to Friday 8:00am 4:30pm

***Note: Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives may be authorized for all vacancies.***

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some Travel may be required for meet training requirements as outlined in VHA Standards

Relocation Authorized

  • No