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. 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. Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job 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: To be qualified for a GS-0180 Psychologist you 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, OR Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization 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. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND 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). OR, 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-13 (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. 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: Successful completion of a 2 year neuropsychology postdoctoral residency and meets criteria for board eligibility in Neuropsychology by American Board of Professional Psychology. Full / Unrestricted License for the Practice of Psychology from a State (U.S.) Licensing board. Experience interacting with referral sources using both verbal and written communication. Experience assessing and treating Veterans with complex neurological, medical and psychological etiologies. Experience with providing direct supervision/training of psychology trainees References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II APPENDIX G18. PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0180 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: Moderate lifting and carrying, 15-44 pounds; Pushing (1-2 hours); Reaching above shoulder, Walking (3 hours); Repeated bending (1 hour), Specific visual requirement - Near vision correctable at 24" to 36"; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Moderate Keyboarding 4-6 hrs.; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously ["A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. ***This is an open continuous announcement*** Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file until March 26, 2023. This vacancy will remain open until filled. Certificate will be issued every 2 weeks. Additional applications will be referred as needed. **** Period of Eligibility: For open continuous announcements, the period of eligibility of your application will be 90 days (must update application after 90 days has past) **** The Mental Health Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System values cultural diversity across our staff and training programs. Mental Health Service leaders are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. Our staff represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, competencies, interests, and theoretical orientations. We believe that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other viewpoints and cultures makes our service stronger and strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality of mental health care. The Primary Purpose of the Position is: (GS-13) To serve as an inpatient neuropsychologist, in a full performance capacity, conducting a variety of complex neuropsychological and psychological assessments in a timely manner, consistent with the demands of a fast-paced and high demand service. Duties This is a direct patient care position which requires both General Core Psychology and Neuropsychology privileges. The primary focus of this job is to conduct complex neuropsychological and psychological assessments within a variety of inpatient settings related to a wide range of neurological, medical and psychological disorders. However, the employee may also be called upon to conduct work in an outpatient setting, as needed, to support the needs of the service. The employee demonstrates knowledge regarding a wide variety of psychological, neurological and medical conditions. The employee diagnoses cognitive and psychological disorders using a variety of assessment techniques including clinical interview, psychological and neuropsychological assessment. While most job duties are related to assessment, therapy may also be used to address behavioral issues, adjustment to illness, or care provider concerns. The employee may interact on various levels with the referring sources through direct and indirect communication. The employee is responsible for timely completion of all clinical documentation required by the Medical Center. Additionally, the employee provides outcome measurements using a data-driven quality assurance process, as needed and requested. There are no administrative responsibilities associated with this position. The employee may be involved in tiered-supervision of practicum students. They are expected to participate in other training activities such as presenting didactics and co-leading various group supervision activities. As with all Staff Psychologist positions within Mental Health Service, the employee is called upon to serve on ad hoc workgroups or committees within the service to address problems and concerns of the profession and service. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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