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Job Title:  Psychologist (Home & Community Services)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FE-14-1040362-TWa-203

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

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$69,497.00 to $90,334.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 30, 2014 to Thursday, February 20, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Baton Rouge, LA View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


Vacancy Identification Number: 1040362

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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. 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. 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! To find out more, go to

Functional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management.  This position is located in Associate Director/Patient Nursing Service, Nurse Executive, Baton Rouge, LA  

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. OR as patient care dictates 

This is a bargining union position. 



  • Not Required


  • No


  • Subject to background/suitability investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Position is designated as Drug Testing
  • Requires the completion of the Credentialing process.
  • Position eligible for Telework
  • English Language Proficiency


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The HBPC Psychologist functions as a full time staff member of the HBPC Interdisciplinary team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services in the veteran's residential setting.

  •  Provide screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches.
  • Assess and provide treatments for sub clinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication).
  • Provide psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems.
  • Provide services to the families of veterans with dementia being serviced by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment.
  • Provide clinical services through the use of tele-mental health/tele-home technology where available.
  • Provide screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed.
  • Participate fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided in the organization.
  • Identify patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals.
  • Assure that the appropriate referrals to specialty programs, including community day resources are accomplished.   This may include ordering the following consults:  Mental Health Programs, (i.e., Substance Abuse, Post-Traumatic stress, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Compensated Work Therapy and Homeless)




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OPM Qualifications Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and VA Handbook 5005/15 will be used for determining qualifications of applicants.


Basic Requirements.

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. Education

Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.    

Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The speciality area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


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 requirment, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Center 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.



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.


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:


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.


Preferred Experience:

Clinical Practice:

5 years clinical experience in evaluation and treatment of Geri-Psych population to include, but are not limited to Dementia, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, or Personality Disorder

Previous experience with grief, loss and end of life issues

Previous experience working with a multidisciplinary treatment team

Home Care Experience


2-3 Years of autonomous clinical practice which did not require direct clinical supervision

Demonstrated sensitivity to multicultural issues in delivering care.


Current State License in Clinical Psychology or Neuropsychology

Aware of current State Professional ethics

Academic Preparation:

Holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology or Neuropsychology from an APA accredited graduate program

Successful completion of an APA accredited internship program

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions. (P.L. 95-201).

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. This is a testing designated position.


You will be evaluated on the detailed information submitted in your resume that reflects your knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to meet the qualification of this position.


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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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  In addition to the traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to healp balance work and life. For more information please visit us at the



PBI Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBI5). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

Eligibles: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and S CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page https:/ using the following 5002032.

2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

3. Evidence of Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must submit your DD Form 214 or an SF-is, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference with appropriate supporting documentation.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS. After applying, return to USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

Applying Via Fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined



2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations

2. Response to the questionnaire.

3. Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

4. Evidence of your eligibility to apply for vacancy.

5. Copy of Licensure.


Tameka Washington
Phone: (504)558-1420
Agency Information:
VHA New Orleans HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
Southeast LA Veteran HC Sys 1555 Poydras
Suite 1300
New Orleans, LA


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility.  The qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and interview.

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