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. Basic Requirements: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by Public Law 96-151 codified in 38 U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following: United States Citizenship: Be a 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 3.g, 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. 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: 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. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard. 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. Grandfathering Provision: May qualify based on being covered by the as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Staff 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: 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 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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103 PART II [APPENDIX G18. PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0180 ["The Psychologist will be assigned to the Special Services Division within the Mental Health Care Line of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. This position recognizes a Veteran centered Whole Person approach to prevention, intervention and health maintenance across the life span. The incumbent embraces a recovery oriented, strength based approach in promoting psychological and behavioral aspects of physical and mental health to support life-long resilience. A partnership-consultant model that focuses on collaborative approaches to engage and empower Veterans in the management of their health care goals. The incumbent has specialized knowledge and expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of variety of chronic disorders and related issues, including the identification and treatment of mental health disorders within the context of acute/chronic medical illness. The psychologist provides direct patient care, consultation services, clinical training, and supports health psychology program evaluation. The psychologist coordinates clinical care between services and across the continuum of care ranging from in-patient, out-patient, and Nursing Home based services. The psychologist completes complex transplant evaluations and works to support follow up care as appropriate. The Psychologist utilizes existing evidence-based and psycho educational interventions and provides a full range of psycho diagnostic assessments, intervention, and consultative services to Veterans with multiple co-morbidities and/or chronic diseases, special needs, and complex clinical problems. Duties include but not limited to: Provides a full range of evidenced based therapeutic interventions in specialty medical clinics and medical inpatient units and nursing home that include empirically validated treatments for a broad array of physical and mental health issues including individual, family, and group psychotherapy in support of an integrative approach to health and wellness. Provides consultation services to support decision-making and therapeutic interventions to support Veteran care needs using positive communication and educating interdisciplinary staff , Veterans/Families on the value of understanding and managing the psychological aspect of the illness and the treatment. Provides consultation to interdisciplinary team members regarding neurocognitive syndromes, as well as psychological and/or behavioral symptoms associated with neurocognitive syndromes. Participates in clinical rounds and interdisciplinary treatment team meetings. Develops, implements, and documents treatment plan interventions. Develops behavioral support plans when needed for patients in outpatient or inpatient settings. Supports Suicide Prevention evaluation and treatment efforts with Veterans/families who may be at risk and in transition stage due to significant changes in health. Develops training and policy to improve recover-oriented discharge planning and follow up from acute/in-patient specialty care and ensures successful transition of care t the next appropriate level. Functions independently as a member of the Cincinnati VA Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Participate on Integrated Health Committees Provides education and training to other health care providers on role of health psychology in supporting Veterans in medical specialty care. The psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services (clinical care, consultation, and education). The health psychologist reports directly to the Division Director of Special Services and follows the supervisory chain of command through the Mental Health Care Line. The Health Psychologist ensures adherence to the practice of psychology as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for training psychology students with the approval and oversight of the Chief Psychologist. Employs cognitive and behavioral management strategies, motivational interviewing, couples/family interventions for coping with serious illness, pre-post procedural evaluations, psychoeducational interventions and crisis intervention. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others to support early intervention, prevention, disease management, and wellness strategies. Work Schedule: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 0000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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