The Psychologist position is located within the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), in the Sheridan VA Health Care System, but based out of the Casper, WY Community Based Outpatient Clinic. 50% Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), 50% MH Outpatient at Casper CBOC. ***If you are a CURRENT PERMANENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEE please apply to announcement CASC-11332725-22-LML*** ***This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30,2022. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be January 11, 2022, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.*** 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. 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. Education (1) 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 (2) 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 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 (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND 4) Internships (a) 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 (b) 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 (c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR (d) 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(e) 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. 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.] May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision 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: GS-13 Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate 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: Duties include working in the Veteran's home setting and MH Outpatient References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103 PART II APPENDIX G18 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: Must be ambulatory, traverse stairs, uneven ground, and able to move and work in Veteran's home. This position provides direct services to patients and their families through psychological intervention. Incumbents must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Normal work of the position requires visual acuity (with the ability to read typewritten characters without strain, corrective lenses permitted), keen hearing (aid permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially moderate levels of lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds). The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["Ability to independently work with Veterans & families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, & social problems utilizing evidenced based treatments in an individual, group, & family capacity. Engages in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation & follow-up. Conducts psychological & or neuropsychological assessments. Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, & treatment of cognitive deficits to address specific questions or to determine is a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed. Perform capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a Veteran's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Assessing the understanding of advanced directives & other forms of consent & assisting staff in determining how to present options & other such material in a format they can understand. Treatment modalities including individual, family & group psychotherapies, & other interventions they are competent to provide. Providing psychological prevention services to Veterans at significant risk for psychological problems. Delivers services both in person & via VTel Utilizes a wide variety of individual, group, or family counseling interventions. Providers will provide mental disorder examinations based on competent, critical, objective & unbiased information. Serves as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) for assigned Veterans & conducts the duties of this role. Will coordinate care with other outpatient VA programs to include: SUD, MHICM, PCMHI, etc. as well as community based programs as appropriate. Has the ability to serve veterans as outpatients who often have severe crises, lack family or community supports, or have significant deficits in coping skills & require continuing professional psychological support. On-going professional training & experiences are an expectation of the position. Occasionally, the employee will provide clinical coverage for an absent staff member, as deemed necessary by supervisor. Complies with national & local performance measures, including timely health care screening & completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation & proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic & procedure codes). Enters all Veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats & templates. Establishes & maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers & stakeholders within the VA & outside community agencies. Collaborate in the performance improvement processes & comply with performance measures as required by the VHA & for Mental Health Service Line. Participate in activities that obtain feedback from clients & work to enhance services as needed. Completes the continuing education hours need for maintaining Professional Licensure. Attend all meetings as assigned & perform other duties as required by the Mental Health Service Line. Provides educational leadership guidance & consultation to staff of programs to which assigned. May provide additional clinical supervision to various disciplines & levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure. Provides clinical supervision & instruction for psychology interns. Assists in the ongoing improvement of the Psychology Training Program & actively participates in the Psychology Training Committee meetings. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff & trainees. Offers consultation to colleagues & students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in specialty areas, rendering professional opinions based on experience & expertise & role modeling effective practice skills. Demonstrates the ability to teach & mentor staff & students in the special area of practice & to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Identifies the elements of clinical or administrative practices that contribute or create an atmosphere for customer dissatisfaction, & recommends changes that will reduce or eliminate justified complaints. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation & proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic & procedure codes) as required by the Medical Center or healthcare system. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist-HBPC-Casper, WY/PD528550\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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