Psychologist-Stress Disorder Treatment Program GS-11/12/13 (Recruitment Incentive up to 29K)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Internal Number: 680007300
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. 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. 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. 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 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. [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. 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates; Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level)Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level)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: 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. Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance, Level) 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: 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: Clinical experience in psychology. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II Appendix, G18 Psychology Qualification Standards 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. However, occasional standing, walking, bending, and carrying of light items may be required. Must be able to travel between assigned duty locations. ["The psychologist is assigned to the Behavioral Health Service Line (BHSL) on the Topeka campus providing clinical and team-based services on the RRTP for Stress Disorder Treatment Program (SDTP). This residential rehabilitation program provides treatment for PTSD and comorbid disorders. Treatment is provided from a multidisciplinary, recovery-oriented perspective. Primary modalities utilized for PTSD care include assessment, treatment planning, psychoeducational teaching, group therapies, EBP-based trauma resolution therapies (e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure). The SDTP is one of eight programs across the nation to be accepted into a pilot program for the implementation and expansion of Massed Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) Delivery in PTSD-RRTPs (Cognitive Processing Therapy; Prolonged Exposure and Written Exposure Therapy). Core elements of this treatment model include: Delivery of individual massed EBP for PTSD a minimum of four times per week Opportunities for Veterans and providers to engage in shared decision-making and availability of EBP treatment options for PTSD Group sessions focused on accountability, reinforcement of rationale, problem-solving assignments, and group exposure/skills practice to support the individual EBP work Ability to individualize additional groups, interventions, and programming for each Veteran based on their unique psychosocial rehabilitation needs Time built into the treatment day for completion of EBP assignments Rolling admissions with variable length of stay (LOS) but anticipated substantially shorter LOS for most Veterans (2-4 weeks). It is expected that longer lengths of stay, if required, would be related to the need for ongoing support for psychosocial needs (e.g. housing) Minimal barriers to admission with a focus on accepting those with more complex presentations (e.g., suicidality, co-occurring conditions including but not limited to substance use) Integration of required suicide prevention requirements including lethal means training, safety planning (as appropriate), required SAVE training for all Veterans, as well as comprehensive screening and evaluation throughout residential admission as already required by policy Other clinical services include psychological evaluations for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment planning. These evaluations employ a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, as well as objective and cognitive testing when indicated. Mental Health Suite (or other treatment planning tools) may be utilized to ensure compliance with standards of practice towards team collaboration, goal setting, and measurement-based care. Psychotherapy is generally time limited but driven by treatment planning, goal setting, measurement-based outcomes, and patience centered care management. The incumbent is expected to have proficiency in multiple modalities of delivery including face-to-face individual/group, telehealth/VA Video Connect, electronic (My HealtheVet) and telephonic care. Finally, consultation services will be provided to other professional personnel concerning mental health expertise specific to psychological practice. A Relocation/Recruitment Incentive has been authorized and will be determined once a selection is made. Work Schedule: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Compressed/Flexible: At the discretion of the service. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Psychologist-Stress Disorder Treatment Program Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Trudy.Clinkscales@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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