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Job Title:  Psychologist - Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HI-14-SB-1167159

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 18, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Danville, IL View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1167159 

Psychologist position at the VA Illiana Health Care System located in Danville, Illinois with primary assignment to the PRRTP (Psychotherapy Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program) treatment team, within the Mental Health Service.

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?

As a Department of Veterans Affairs professional, your opportunities are endless. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. We offer 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 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.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • This position is subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • US Citizenship is required for this position
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical examination for this position
  • English Language Proficiency required


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The position is located in the Mental Health Service, with primary assignment to the PRRTP treatment team, with additional assignments primarily conducting Compensation and Pension evaluations.  The psychologist provides assessment and treatment services to Veterans residing in the PRRTP at the VA Illiana Health Care System. Emphasis is on provision of a full range of psychotherapeutic interventions including individual therapy, group therapy, family counseling, and psychoeducational classes to address issues of homelessness, strategies for coping with multiple life stresses, motivational issues associated with rehabilitation, and general mental health. Best practices, practice guidelines, and evidence-based treatment protocols are utilized to the extent feasible in all therapeutic interventions. The incumbent will provide a full range of psychological assessment services (except neuropsychological) to identify those Veterans suffering mental health problems, to clarify needs of these Veterans, and to facilitate development of a treatment plan.  Assessment function includes conducting Compensation and Pension exams and reporting findings in accordance with current standards of practice. The clinician functions within the Mental Health Service.  The Supervisory Psychologist provides direct clinical and administrative supervision.  The clinician is further responsible to the Chief, Mental Health Service and the Chief of Staff.

Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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Basic Requirements: The basic requirements for employment as a Psychologist are outlined in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix F3, Psychology Series. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

Citizenship: All applicants must be a citizen of the United States.

Education: Doctoral degree in Psychology from APA Accredited Graduate Program. The specialty are of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


Internship: Successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA (American Psychological Association). 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 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.

English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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.

Exception to licensure: Must obtain licensure not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment and can be on a temporary appointment to a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C.7405 (a)(1)(D).  Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.

Grade Determinations:


Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.
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.
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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
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.
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.
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:
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.
4. For supervisory assignments
a. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.
b. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability. 
Assignments: 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.
1. 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.
2. Supervisory Psychologists. At this level supervisory psychologists typically have collateral supervisory duties primarily for non-professional staff, although a small number of professional staff may be supervised as well (i.e., less than three). Supervisory psychologists at this level may be assigned to any program area and may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. At this level, supervisory psychologists independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.

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 (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: This position requires minimal physical exertion, light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds), working closely with others and working alone.  The employee works mostly from a seated position, conducting psychological assessments and providing psychotherapeutic services for patients.  The employee will use a computer to access the medical record for entry and retrieval of information. The employee will need to be able to hear conversational speech. Hearing aid permitted. The employee will be expected to move around the patient care environment.

Must meet time in grade requirements by date of closing.


Your answers to the online questionnaire will be evaluated against your application, resume and/or supporting documentation. Throughout the application process, we will also verify that all information you provide is accurate. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience you have gained, explaining exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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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 traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.


Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the person on the extension provided above. The decision to grant a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. The VA is firmly committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit.


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information can be found here:


The VA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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NOTE: The complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 01, 2014

To begin the process, first read the entire job announcement. Then click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen and log in to your existing USAJOBS account (if it is your first time, you will have to create an account). Once logged in, follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

This does not complete the application process. You must also upload any required forms (listed below) to your USAJOBS Application Manager account and submit the forms to the announcement you are applying to.  You can then use the uploaded form(s) each time when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide if you need help:

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier, safer, and faster than the fax method (below).

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, just return to your USAJOBS Application Manager: to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you are unable to apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire 

Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire:
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax only supporting documents you are unable to upload:

Complete this cover page if you're faxing supporting documents only . Use the following Vacancy ID#: 1167159 You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


You must submit a complete application package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations - Available at
  3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (This is a required form) - Available at
  4. Answer the Online Occupational Questionnaire
  5. If you have prior military experience, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at
  6. A copy of your most recent SF-50 (if you are a current or former federal employee)
  7. College Transcripts


Stacie Bartlett
Phone: (217)554-3202
Fax: (217)554-4585
Agency Information:
VHA Illiana HCS Danville
Department of Veterans Affairs
1900 E Main St
Danville, IL
61832 Fax: (217)554-4585


After we receive your complete application package (including any required supporting documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  If you meet the basic requirements, your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. You will be notified when this decision is made and of the final outcome.

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