Clinical Psychologist

Department Of Veterans Affairs Clearlake , CA 95422

Posted 2 months ago

Summary

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more

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Overview

  • Accepting applications

  • Open & closing dates

12/06/2021 to 09/30/2022

  • Salary

$78,058 - $144,633 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

GS 11 - 13

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Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Clearlake, CA

  • Telework eligible

No

  • Travel Required

Not required

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

  • Appointment type

Permanent

  • Work schedule

Full-time

  • Service

Excepted

  • Promotion potential

13

  • Job family (Series)

0180 Psychology

  • Supervisory status

No

  • Security clearance

Not Required

  • Drug test

No

  • Position sensitivity and risk

Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

  • Trust determination process

Credentialing

  • Announcement number

CBSW-11312588-22-JD-BU-OCA

  • Control number

625506700

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U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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The clinical responsibilities of this position will emphasize use of evidenced based psychotherapies, as well as providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, and professional consultation services. The position primarily involves direct outpatient care at the Clearlake Community Based Outpatient Clinic, but may also include program development and/or trainee supervision. The psychologist functions as a member of the Clearlake CBOC MH team.

The psychologist functions as a member of the Clearlake CBOC MH team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, and professional consultation services. Specific duties include:

  • Screens for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions.

  • Conductsassessments of mood, functioning, substance use, and risk. Conducts diagnosis of depressive and anxiety-related disorders, subclinical symptoms of dysphoria, PTSD, adjustment difficulties, excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs as well as other Axis I and II conditions

  • Uses evidenced based individual and group interventions for depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, chronic disease management, substance use, and relationship problems and for all other Axis I and II conditions.

  • Uses evidenced based behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain, disability, sleep problems, weight loss, smoking cessation, and medical adherence.

  • Functions professionally and appropriately in multidisciplinary settings; Works in a cooperative, collaborative, professional and productive manner with staff from other disciplines and healthcare systems in a variety of contexts in order to advance the goals of the VISN. Serves as a consulting expert to outpatient and inpatient teams, other treatment personnel and medical center management.

  • Provides clinical services through the use of tele-mental health technology when it is indicated and available.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Telework: Ad hoc

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Title/Functional Statement #:Clinical Psychologist/PD000000

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be December 24th, 2021. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • 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 VA.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)

  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2022. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship
  • Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement
  • Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Education Requirement
  • You must have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Transcripts that show degree conferred are required
  • Internship Requirement
  • You must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; OR, 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 Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR, VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR, Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification). NOTE: Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program.
  • Licensure: Candidates must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. Copy of license is required if applicable.

  • Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following:

  • GS-11 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic requirement

  • GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

  • Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies.

  • Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

  • Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).

  • Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration.

  • GS-13 Level: at least 2 addition years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice:

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a full range of patient populations.

  • Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

  • Knowledge of clinical research literature.

  • Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. The work requires emotional stability.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Pandemic Telework Program: Due to COVID-19, the VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. [Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable.] At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.


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