The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Education ***TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, FAILURE TO SUPPLY TRANSCRIPTS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.***
(1) Have a 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 as a neuropsychology. This would include but is not limited to the following:
1.Foundations for the study of brain-behavior
Functional neuroanatomy; B.
Neurological and related disorders including their etiology, pathology, course
and treatment; C.
Non-neurologic conditions affecting CNS functioning; D.
Neuroimaging and other neurodiagnostic techniques; E.
Neurochemistry of behavior (e.g., psychopharmacology); F.
Neuropsychology of behavior;
2. Foundations for the practice of clinical
neuropsychology : A.
Specialized neuropsychological assessment techniques; B.
Specialized neuropsychological intervention techniques; C.
Research design and analysis in neuropsychology; D.
Professional issues and ethics in neuropsychology; and/or E.
Practical implications of neuropsychological conditions; AND
(2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement. The educational setting
should also meet the following in internship and/or postdoctoral training: 1.
The faculty is comprised of a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and
other professional psychologists; 2.
Training is provided at a fixed site or on formally affiliated and
geographically proximate training sites, with primarily on-site supervision;3.
There is access to clinical services and training programs in medical specialties
and allied professions; 4.
There are interactions with other residents in medical specialties and allied
professions, if not other residents in clinical neuropsychology;5.
Each resident spends significant percentages of time in clinical service, and
clinical research, and educational activities, appropriate to the individual
resident's training needs
c. 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.
(a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Assignment. 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.
(a) 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. 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
(c) Assignment. 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.
(a) 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.
(b) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.
2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.
(d) Assignments. (GS-13)This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.
Staff Psychologists 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. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2006, at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc
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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***
Physical Requirements: For psychologist positions, you must be able to hear (hearing aids are permitted). The work requires some physical exertion though it is primarily sendentary. The work requires some physical exertion such as prolonged periods of sitting, bending, reaching, crouching, stooping, stretching and lifting moderately heavy items. Environment of Care by following Life Safety Management (fire protection) procedures, reports safety hazards, accidents and injuries, reviews hazardous materials, etc. Demonstrates infection control practices and knowledge of infection control practices for disease prevention (i.e., hand washing, universal precautions, etc). The work environment involves moderate risks or discomfort that require special safety precautions; e.g., exposure to contagious diseases. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, gloves or shields. References: VA Directive and Handbook 5019
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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.
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