Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1168349
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.
This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are right in town and camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, alpines and cross country skiing, snow tubing, Indian casinos are so close as two hours away.
El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town. This is a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and three states.
El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire.
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.
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.
Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under VIN 1173076
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
A Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist at the El Paso VA is an integral component of the Special Exams Unit (SEU). The Unit is responsible for the examination of conditions that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Working as a C&P psychologist can be one of the most satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to those who served our country.
C&P psychologists provided assessment and diagnostic services to a wide variety of Veterans, including all ages and eras with the most recent being those who served during the Iraq and Afghanistan period. The El Paso VA SEU also provides services to Active Duty Service Members currently being considered for medical discharge or retirement, through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES).
A Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist functions as a full-time health examiner for referred compensation and pension examinations. As such, the incumbent performs all the duties necessary for achieving high quality mental health evaluations in a timely fashion for utilization in determinations made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).
A C&P Psychologist will perform examinations assessing the full-range of mental disorders including PTSD. If interested, there is the opportunity to conduct neuropsychological consultation in cases of suspected traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other neurologic conditions. A C&P psychologist provides opinions regarding the Veterans mental health status as requested by the Regional Office of VBA, and performs specialty examinations and offers clinical-legal opinions as required.
The specific duties and responsibilities assigned to a C&P Psychologist are as follows:
- Diagnose all mental disorders, including personality and adjustment disorders;
- Provide assessment of each veteran using the DSM-5;
- Determine when psychometric testing and/or neuropsychological assessment is necessary and integrate the results of such testing into the report of the examination;
- Provide prognosis with respect to each mental disorder or condition;
- Comment on the significance of the Veterans prior mental health assessments (as reported) and history, and incorporate into the report of the examination.
A C&P Psychologist is credentialed and privileged as a member of the Medical Staff, participates in monthly staff meetings, and functions as part of a team of psychologists and other medical professionals providing C&P examination services.
Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Psychologist