Psychologist-Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR)-PCMHI
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Internal Number: 644936700
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 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 Citizenship. United States Citizen Education 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. 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 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: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, 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. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internships: 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.) OR 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. 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. 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. English Language Proficiency. Proficient in spoken and written English GRADE REQUIREMENTS Psychologist, GS-11 Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Psychologist, GS-12 Experience. At least one 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: A. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. B. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. C. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. D. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). E. 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. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. Psychologist, GS-13 Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: A. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. B. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. C. Knowledge of clinical research literature. The full performance level of this position is a GS-13. Physical Requirements: Able to meet the physical demands for the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken or written word. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II, Appendix G18. ["The Oklahoma Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for 1 Psychologist Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR) for the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. The incumbent of this position serves full-time (1.0 FTEE) as a psychologist in the Substance Treatment and Recovery Clinic (STAR)/Primary Care Mental integration (PCMHI).\nThe primary duty location is the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System (OKCVAHCS) (635), Oklahoma City facility which may also include the CBOCs; some travel may be required as needed. Patient care may also be provided using Telemental Heath through CVT, VVC, and/or other authorized technology that may allow a face-to-face\nencounter; Telework may be authorized in accordance with the needs of the facility. Clinical Responsibilities (100% of time):\n- Conduct functional assessments, based on 30-minute appointments and will triage/refer to specialty care services as appropriate.\n- Applies principals of population-based care (defines role and identifies problems rapidly).\n- An appropriate percentage of all appointments are 30 minutes (will vary by setting).\n- Uses brief assessments and measurement-based care routinely (e.g., BAM-R, PHQ-9, PCL, AUDIT C, etc.).\n- Initial consultation appointment is based on functional assessments and treatment focuses on functional outcomes.\n- Maintains daily open access slots.\n- Next available \"scheduled\" appointment is within two weeks.\n- Provides brief mental health and behavioral interventions (e.g., 1-5 sessions for broad range of concerns).\n- Uses time-limited, evidence based, interventions that are simple and concrete.\n- Uses self-management/home-based practice interventions.\n- Uses intermittent visit strategy and flexible patient contact strategies.\n- Triages appropriately and efficiently to specialty mental health services.\n- Provide behavioral medicine interventions (including but not limited to stepped care level 2 tobacco cessation, alcohol misuse, weight management, and coping with chronic illness):\no Stress management\no Sleep hygiene\no Relaxation training\no Other interventions will be provided as clinically appropriate, based on patient need.\n- Uses behavioral health principles and behavioral health intervention strategies to\nsupport patients in weight loss and other health concerns.\n- Collaborates with other members of the multi-disciplinary STAR and Primary Care Teams and defers to their expertise on medical matters.\n- Routinely consults with PCPs and other PACT team members about plan of care for\npatients.\n- Conducts effective curbside consultations.\n- Integrates within primary care team and works closely in collaboration with PACT team\n- Attends PACT meetings and daily huddles.\n- May attend one or two of the STAR treatment team meetings.\n- Routinely provides feedback (verbal and/or written) to PCP and other PACT members same day as referral.\n- Uses warm hand off strategy; provides education to PACT on BH issues as well as\nconsultation on tips for successful care management and patient facilitation, even when no direct patient contact.\n- Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions to provide quality care for populations with possible or known substance use disorder-related impairment.\n- Performs evaluations for psychiatric and substance use disorder patients.\n- Provides a full range of therapeutic and evidence-based interventions for SUD and cooccurring mental health disorders.\n- Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.\n- Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. Work Schedule: A Standard tour is between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Irregular tours and/or Saturday work may be required.\nCompressed/Flexible: May be available in accordance with agency policy\nTelework: May be available in accordance with agency policy (AD-HOC)\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000/Psychologist\nEDRP Authorized: Authorized if eligible.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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