Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Psychologist Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Wilkes Barre, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Relocation/Recruitment incentive NOT authorized VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Clinical Responsibilities may include:
Provision of a full range of psychological assessment services along with diagnoses of mental disorders, for veterans referred for care.
Provision of education to patients, family members, and significant others regarding assessment processes, VA services, treatment options, or other issues impacting the veteran or family
Comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy within the Mental Health Clinic, CBOC or in-patient setting as warranted.
Consultation with other professional staff within the WBVAMC, its CBOC's and/or community providers, regarding clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients assigned to various mental health related programs.
Development, implementation, and documentation of the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients within Psychology Service, including prompt completion of a variety of clinical reminders.
Functioning independently as a member of the WBVAMC Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges, assuming complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.
Completion of Compensation and Pension examinations as directed by the Chief, Psychology Service, to be completed in accordance with quality standards established by external review organization (CPEP) and in terms of timeframes established for programs nationally by National Headquarters
Administrative responsibilities may include:
Assisting the Chief, Psychology Service in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.
Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by Psychology Service and the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.
Assist the Chief, Psychology Service in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.
Facilitating liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.
Complying with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.
Complying with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).
Attending and participating in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Psychology Service.
Participates and complies with Psychology peer review procedures, including serving on the Peer Review Subcommittee Review Board as needed or required.
Participates and complies with all Performance Improvement/Quality Management initiatives, including service on Root Cause Analysis (RCA) reviews as needed or as required
Teaching and/or Training may include:
Providing clinical supervision and instruction for students and/or residents assigned to the Psychology Service rotation.
Participation in student/resident/staff training program, including facilitating or presenting in venues such as case conferences and training seminars; may be assigned to present on mental health issues to Clinical Staff Grand Rounds or other internal medical center educational activities.
Provide leadership, guidance and consultation to staff assigned to Psychology Service.
Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of the psychological characteristics, and appropriate treatment expectations regarding veterans with anxiety and adjustment related disorders as well as other psychological conditions.
Other Responsibilities may include:
Serving as a member of the Psychology Service Performance Improvement Team, and regularly attending scheduled meetings, functions and relevant training associated with this committee.
Serving as a member of the Code White Team, and regularly responding to Code White psychiatric emergencies in a timely fashion, coordinating efforts with the Code White Team Leader or designate
Work Schedule: Days - 8am to 4:30pm
Functional Statement Title: Clinical Psychologist /000000
- Occasional Travel
- Occasional travel may be required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Current unrestricted license
- * * ### Qualifications
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 *OR * 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:
(a) the respecialization 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 respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.
Internship: 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.
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 (a)(1)(D) 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.
Grade and Salary to be determined by a Professional Standards Board
GS-11 Staff Psychologist(Entry Level)
(a) Experience.None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Assignment.Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.
GS-12 Staff Psychologist(Developmental Level)
(a) Experience.At least 1 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies.
Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).
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.
(c) Assignment.Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area.
GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level)
(a) Experience.At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate 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.
Assignment.This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They may be assigned to any VHA program and setting, such as inpatient or outpatient medicine, primary care, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Compensation and Pension, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organization Development. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions. Psychologists consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities.
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 Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Physical Requirements:The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities this includes working closely with others and independently. Mental and emotional stability required.
What To Expect Next
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It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0180-13/13
Promotion Potential: 13
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452080500
Job Announcement Number: 693-16-BSN-1814709-BU