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Job Title: Staff Psychologist (Compensation and Pension)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: White City, OR
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Counseling, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Staff Psychologist (Compensation and Pension)

The incumbent is expected to perform his/her duties under the supervision of the Chief for Compensation and Pension Services, and provide assigned psychological services at his/her assigned location:

  • Assesses and evaluates claims of veterans seeking disability compensation for mental disorders, or other evaluations
  • Consults with VA or DOD service providers/services regarding the cognitive functioning and psychological status of veterans seeking compensation.
  • Provides crisis evaluations and immediate referral for examinees presenting with psychiatric emergencies, such as psychosis or homicidal or suicidal thoughts, as appropriate.
  • Engages in a personal continuing education program to enhance and improve professional skills and to keep abreast of developing knowledge in the field of psychology. Maintains State licensure and hospital credentials and privileges.
  • Maintains current knowledge of procedures, policies, directives, pertinent to his/her practice of psychology within the medical center or clinics.
  • Develops long and short-range professional goals as they may relate to the practice of psychology and maintains current continuing education credits required for licensure.
  • Works in a cooperative, collaborative, professional and productive manner with psychology staff and staff from other disciplines in a variety of contexts to advance the goals of the VA SORCC and meet the goals of the C&P and IDES programs.
  • As assigned, reviews, investigates, and prepares written correspondence to respond to inquiries from a veteran, family member, congressional office, senator's office, central office, etc.
  • Participates actively in peer review process and oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measures within the C&P and IDES programs using data-driven quality assurance process.
  • Participates in Medical Center, DOD, Department of Veterans Affairs, or VISN committees as a member or as a chair, when assigned by supervisor.
  • The incumbent does not provide treatment of individuals' only mental health assessments.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
  • Education: 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 complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the 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 the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
        NOTE: You must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.
  • Internships: (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.
    • OR
    • (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;
    • OR
    • (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;
    • OR
    • (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, Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia.
Preferred Experience: Experience in the treatment and diagnosis in PTSD, MST, TBI, and other Veteran Psychological conditions.

Grade Determinations:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
  • GS-11
    • Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
  • GS-12
    • Experience. At least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
      • 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
    • Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
      • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18

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.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. The work requires emotionally stability.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. REQUIRED

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:
  • Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
  • Education: 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 complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the 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 the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
        NOTE: You must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.
  • Internships: (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.
    • OR
    • (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;
    • OR
    • (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;
    • OR
    • (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, Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia.
Preferred Experience: Experience in the treatment and diagnosis in PTSD, MST, TBI, and other Veteran Psychological conditions.

Grade Determinations:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
  • GS-11
    • Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
  • GS-12
    • Experience. At least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
      • 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
    • Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
      • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18

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.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. The work requires emotionally stability.
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