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Staff Psychologist – C&P

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

This is a Full-time position in Clarksburg, WV posted April 8, 2021.

SummaryServes as a C&P Psychologist in the Psychology Service.

Primary responsivities will be in the provision of Compensation and Pension examinations and/or psychological assessments.

The psychologist conducts assessment and evaluation of Veterans seeking disability compensation for mental disorders using interview techniques, psychological tests, and review of historical mental health data.ResponsibilitiesPLEASE VIEW ANNOUNCEMENT DIRECTLY FROM WWW.USAJOBS.GOV.

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Primarily conducts assessment and evaluation of Veterans seeking disability compensation for mental disorders using interview techniques, psychological tests, and review of historical mental health data.

May provide comprehensive psychotherapeutic interventions based on theoretical evidence: including individual, family and group psychotherapy for Veterans.

Utilizes measurement based care.

Provides education to patients, family members, and significant other related to mental health conditions and their impact, with particular focus on complex patients.

Provides appropriate services via telehealth.

Establishes and maintains rapport with Veteran and/or their families.

Provides consultation to professional staff within the Louis A Johnson VAMC and to community providers, when needed.

Responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting including reports, clinical reminders and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate.

Proficiency in writing psychological reports and chart notes in a timely manner.

If applicable, plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs, designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches.

Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces.

Attends Psychotherapy and Behavioral Health Service staff meetings.

Participates in Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluations according to hospital policy.

Work Schedule: 8:00am
– 4:30pm, Monday
– FridayFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required 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 moreRequirementsConditions of EmploymentQualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/04/2021.

Basic Requirements: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.

ORHave 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 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.ORHave a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.

InternshipsHave 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.ORNew 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;ORVHA 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;ORApplicants 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.

ORApplicants 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.

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.

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.

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 REQUIREMENTSCreditable Experience: To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency).

Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.

Quality of Experience.

Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.

Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-11 Staff Psychologist (Entry Level): No additional experience beyond the basic requirement GS-12 Staff Psychologist (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.

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 orassessment 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 researchprojects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).5.

Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context ofan established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, dataacquisition, maintenance, and collaboration.

GS-13 Staff Psychologist (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 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 ofpatient populations.2.

Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychologyand behavioral health.3.

Knowledge of clinical research literature.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard.

This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, light lifting under 15 pounds, light carrying, under 15 pounds.

Near vision correctable at 13″ to 16″ to Jaeger 1 to 4, Standing and/or sitting.

A pre-employment physical examination is required for selected candidates.

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.EducationIMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.

Must clearly show institution, student name, and degree/education required for qualifications.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for

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