Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1030057

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?

Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan's famous four seasons of recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America's heroes.

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, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Note:  The full performance level of this occupation is [GS-13].  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this occupation 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.


The Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) Psychologist position is located in the Mental Health Clinic of the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center and provides patient care and support service to a diverse adult patient population.  As a member of an interdisciplinary SA IOP team, the primary purpose of this position is to provide full range biopsychosocial rehabilitation services to patients referred for substance abuse assessment, treatment, and referral services from various clinics and inpatient units across the Medical Center.  The duties of the SA IOP Psychologist include, but are not limited to:

·         Provide professional consultation pertaining to human behavior, determining the reasons for that behavior and predicting and/or modifying the behavior.

·         Perform psychological assessment, evaluation, and treatment of patients with problems of personality, emotional adjustment or mental illness.  Perform psychotherapy with patients, either through individual sessions or through group therapy sessions.

·         Conduct interviews, use rating scales, questionnaires, or other measurement devices or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition.

·         Responsible for providing leadership for the SA IOP under the direction of the Chief, Mental Health (MH) Service.  Oversee other professionals or work as a key team member providing comprehensive psychological and medical care for a group of individuals seeking care within the SA IOP.

·         Exercise authoritative judgment in the adjustment of treatment plans.  Present strong argument to multi-disciplinary team to use newly proven or experimental techniques.  Serve as expert psychological resource for the multi-disciplinary team and recommend adjustments to other professional staff’s relationship with patients or devises programs that employ new or unique techniques to ensure a therapeutic environment.

Tour of Duty:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday, may work occasional evenings or weekends.)

Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses have not been approved for this position.

Education Debt Reduction Program:  The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No