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The incumbent will function as Clinical Psychologist with the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Psychology Service located in Phoenix, AZ or at one of the local Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The position emphasizes the provision of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) as appropriate to training and patient care needs as a member of the PTSD Clinical Team, and may include flexible work schedules, including early evening hours and weekend duties.
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.
Major duties of the Clinical Psychologist (PTSD) include, but are not limited to:
Knowledge of and ability to diagnose psychological and behavioral disorders with appropriate assessment techniques. This particular position requires advanced training and specific competence in the assessment and management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and advanced training in cognitive-behavioral interventions and/or Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP). Experience in the psychological assessment and treatment of combat-related psychological trauma, including PTSD and associated conditions are required. Experience with OIF/OEF veterans and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) are strongly preferred;
Ability to develop a coherent assessment strategy to evaluate and recommend optimal empirically-derived and evidence-based treatment of PTSD is essential. Treatment recommendations will primarily consist of trauma-focused therapies (e.g., CPT, Prolonged Exposure) and may include other empirically-supported therapies (e.g., anger management, relaxation, and behavioral sleep training);
Assessment and treatment interventions are under the supervision of a licensed psychologist for this position below the GS-13 level of independence. Until licensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure eligibility;
Due to the needs of the treatment population, tours of duty may include flexible work schedules, including early evening hours and week-ends;
Assists the Psychology Service Chief in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for the Veteran population served;
Adheres to operational policies and procedures for health care as directed by the Medical Center and Psychology Service management;
Assists the Psychology Service Chief in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program;
Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.
Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients;
Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes);
Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Mental Health services; and
Attends relevant Psychology Service and MH&BSS meetings and complies with quality review procedures.
Tour of Duty: This position may include evenings or weekends as needed by the clinic. Tour of duty may include a compressed tour.
Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Psychologist (PTSD Clinical Team & Telemental Health)
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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Who May Apply
Current, permanent VA employees only
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:
Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States.
Education: (1) 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills.
(2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) the re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.
(a) 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.
(b) 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;
(c) 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;
(d) 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.)
Licensure: 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.
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 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.
Board Certification and Loss of Credential:
(1) Board Certification. Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education.
(2) Loss of Credential. Once board certified, psychologist must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted board certification to remain qualified for employment.
A psychologist who fails to maintain the required board certification must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment.
At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. Grandfathering Provision. Psychologists previously grandfathered upon conversion to hybrid status effective March 17, 2006, continue to be subject to the grandfathering provisions in effect on that date but no additional employees are subject to grandfathering as a result of this revised qualification standard.
English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005.
Grade 11: None beyond the basic requirements.
Grade 12: At least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). 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 treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
2.Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies.
3.Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
4.Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).
5.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.
Grade 13: At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. In addition, must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.
1.Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments 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. Preferred Experience: Greater than three years experience working in Pain Management.
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/87 Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard dated 6/6/2016. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.