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The Mountain Home VA Healthcare system is seeking a very well-qualified Psychologist to serve as a Staff Psychologist, Psychosocial Recovery Treatment Program (PRTP), at our main campus in Mountain Home (Johnson City), Tennessee. The PRTP Psychologist will work as part of a multidisciplinary team including psychiatry, social work, peer support, work therapy, and recreation therapy. Psychologists in this setting are providing services to Veterans who require a residential level of care to address serious mental illness. Typical specific job duties in this setting include (but are not limited to) individual and group therapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, treatment team meetings, and treatment planning.
Additional duties as a full-performance level VA Staff Psychologist will include, but are not limited to:
- Diagnosing mental disorders and providing a full-range of psychodiagnostic services, conducting psychological assessments for clinical or administrative purposes as directed by the Chief of Psychology or designated Supervisory Psychologist;
- Treating mental disorders through a variety of modalities and providing adjunctive interventions for treatment for medical disorders;
- Providing a full range of therapeutic interventions including: individual, group and family psychotherapy, caregiver stress support, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal and other forms of evidence based psychotherapy;
- Completing administrative duties including attending organizational meetings;
- Serving as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees, assisting in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients;
- Assisting in preparation of RFPs and grant proposals, as assigned;
- Representing Psychology Service on decision-making committees at the Medical Center or Healthcare System level; and,
- Representing the Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees.
The work schedule is primarily administrative, Monday - Friday, 7:45 am until 4:30 pm. Hours outside this typical tour may be required to satisfy the needs of patient care. Tour changes are at the discretion of the Chief, Psychology Service, or the designated Psychologist Program Manager. Financial Disclosure Report:
Supervisory status No Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Designated and/or random drug testing may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to a background/security investigation Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Physical Requirements: The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing. Employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, laptop computers and other similar materials. The position will require the ability to distinguish basic colors and hearing without aid. It will require working closely with others, working alone, and occasional protracted or irregular hours of work. Applicants must possess mental stability to accommodate stressful situations
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Qualifications 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.
- Education: (1) Applicants must possess 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 purposes of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not 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 these 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 the specialty area of 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 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: (1) Applicant must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by the 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 (2) 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 the individual was an intern; OR (3) 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 (4) Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered 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.)
- Licensure: Applicants must hold 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.
- 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.
Esperience working with inpatient or residential treatment settings and/or experience with very serious mental illness. Grade Determinations
: GS-11 Staff Psychologist
. None beyond the basic requirements.
. Staff psychologist 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 mental disorders, and may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under close supervision of a licensed psychologist. GS-12 Staff Psychologist
. 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: (1) Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment 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 research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties); and (5) Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research executing within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration. GS-13 Staff Psychologist
(Full Performance Level) Experience.
At least 2-years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one-year equivalent to the GS-12 level, which would include being able to fulfill the KSAs listed above, as well as answering the KSA’s listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section below. References:
VA Handbook 5005/87, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARDS, GS-180, Veterans Health Administration.
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. Education
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
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Location/Region: Johnson City, TN (US)