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Job Title: Psychologist-BHIP
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Counseling, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Psychologist-BHIP

The psychologist will determine which psychotherapy modalities and techniques are appropriate, and to provide various types of psychotherapies, including cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, supportive, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt, family/ systems, interpersonal, etc. 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.
The psychologist functions as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, providing the full scope of psychological care to Veterans, including the following:

  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and uses the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
  • Performs evaluations for wide array of patients representing diverse diagnostic entities.
  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions.
  • Participates as an active treatment team member.
  • Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.
  • Program evaluation and/or research activities.
  • Participates in peer review, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided in the organization.
  • Identification of patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals.
  • Assures that appropriate referrals to specialty programs, including community resources, are accomplished. This may include ordering the following consults: Mental Health Service Programs, (i.e., Substance Abuse, PTSD, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Compensated Work Therapy, Homeless, and Day Treatment) Vocational Rehabilitation, and Long-Term Care.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday/8:00am to 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic 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: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3 , section A, paragraph 3j.
  • 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. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology).
OR
  • (2) 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:
  1. The respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and
  2. 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 respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.
AND
  • 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.
    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;
    (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.
  • Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure 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.
Board Certification and Loss of Credential:
  • 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.
  • 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 grand fathering provisions in effect on that date but no additional employees are subject to grandfathering as a result of this revised qualification standard.
Preferred Experience: Minimum of one year post licensure experience.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the above mentioned basic qualifications, GS-13 Psychologists must also:
  • Have 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's:
  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.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-180 www.avapl.org/pub/Hybrid_38_standards.pdf

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common of the client population. The work is primarily sedentary where the employee may sit comfortably but sometimes for extended periods, i.e., while attending meetings. There is some walking, standing, carrying of items, i.e., medical records and manuals. In general, the work does not require special physical demands. The incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour and/or weekends as the need arises. Reasonable accommodations can be made and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

None

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

  • 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • Transcript


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.

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
  • 10-2850c
  • 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:
  • 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: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3 , section A, paragraph 3j.
  • 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. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology).
OR
  • (2) 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:
  1. The respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and
  2. 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 respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.
AND
  • 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.
    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;
    (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.
  • Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure 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.
Board Certification and Loss of Credential:
  • 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.
  • 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 grand fathering provisions in effect on that date but no additional employees are subject to grandfathering as a result of this revised qualification standard.
Preferred Experience: Minimum of one year post licensure experience.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the above mentioned basic qualifications, GS-13 Psychologists must also:
  • Have 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's:
  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.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-180 www.avapl.org/pub/Hybrid_38_standards.pdf

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common of the client population. The work is primarily sedentary where the employee may sit comfortably but sometimes for extended periods, i.e., while attending meetings. There is some walking, standing, carrying of items, i.e., medical records and manuals. In general, the work does not require special physical demands. The incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour and/or weekends as the need arises. Reasonable accommodations can be made and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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