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. PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section. 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. English Language Proficiency Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. Education Requirement - You must 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 completed a 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 you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship Requirement - You must 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). NOTE: 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: Candidates must 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. Grade Determinations: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following: GS-11 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic requirement GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities: 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. GS-13 Level: at least 2 addition years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a 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. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. 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: Light lifting, light carrying, use of fingers, hearing (aid permitted), operation of a motor vehicle may be required 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. ["Duties for specific positions are below:\nSuicide Prevention Coordinator: Plans, develops, and facilitates implementation of suicide prevention strategies The SPC also assists in identifying Veterans at high risk for suicide, and uses clinical skills and creative problem solving to coordinate enhanced care when needed.\nPsychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC): Works with Veterans who have serious mental Illness (SMI)and is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides intake evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning, intensive individual and group psychotherapy, case management and other clinical services for Veterans with SMI.\nPrimary Care - Mental Health Integration (PCMHI): Functions as part of an interdisciplinary primary care team, working closely with Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) members to provide consultation, facilitate warm-hand offs, and offer adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Activities include brief individual and group therapy, risk evaluations, functional assessments, and mental health support for patients with mild to moderate mental health symptoms.\nPTSD Clinic: Works in both the outpatient PTSD Clinic and the PTSD-RRTP (Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program) and functions as a member of the PTSD team and provides diagnostic intake evaluations, and individual/group psychotherapy utilizing evidence-based treatments to Veterans with PTSD. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) is part of the Trauma Recovery Center (TRC)\nChemical Dependency Center (CDC): Provides assessment, individual, and group treatments to Veterans recovering from Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Services in the CDC include three levels of addiction recovery programming (outpatient, intensive outpatient or IOP, and residential) as well as close collaboration with our Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) team. Preference will be given to applicants with training/experience in empirically standardized treatment approaches such as MI/MET, CBT-SUD, and Contingency Management (CM).\nEmergency Department - Provides crisis intervention to all veterans who come through the Emergency Department with a mental health diagnosis. Completes assessments and consults with Psychiatry and Emergency Room Physicians to determine most appropriate level of care. The incumbent is knowledgeable of community resources. Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include days, evenings, nights, and weekends.\nBehavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program: Provides screenings, intake evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning, individual and group psychotherapy, treatment plans, case management, and other clinical services for Veterans with co-occurring mental disorders and medical problems. The outpatient Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) is within the Mental Health Service.\nFamily and Marital Therapy Clinic: Primarily provides family and couple's therapy and is assigned to the Family Mental Health Clinic within Mental Health Service.\nSleep/Pain Psychologist: Provide assessment, individual, and group treatments for Veterans with sleep and pain conditions. Preference will be shown for clinicians already trained in either CBT-Insomnia or CBT-Chronic Pain and is assigned to the Sleep Clinic and Pain Clinic (50% Sleep Clinic, 50% Pain Clinic).\nSpinal Cord Injury: Provides comprehensive mental health services to Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury. Preference will be shown for clinicians with experience in clinical health and/or rehabilitation psychology and experience working with Spinal Cord Injury. The Memphis VA Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) service offers primary and acute medical care for SCI patients and provides rehabilitation to patients with new spinal cord injuries.\nAcute Inpatient Psychiatry: Diagnoses mental disorders, conduct psychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Psychologists work in the Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Unit (Ward 1c/1D) and are a part of the Interdisciplinary Team and may also be involved in program evaluation and training activities.\nStaff Neuropsychologist: Performs neuropsychological assessment, intervention, and consultation. In addition to providing direct patient care, the neuropsychologist serves as a training supervisor and may have collateral research duties. The Neuropsychology Program within Mental Health Service Work Schedule: Full-time, hours may vary and will be discussed at the interview\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist/PD000000, PD000000, PD000000, PD000000, PD000000, and PD02453A\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates\nEDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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