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. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens Education Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the APA, the PCSAS, or the 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. 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: The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; AND, 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. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internships 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 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 [(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. Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. Board Certification 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. Loss of Credential. Once board certified, psychologist must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted board certification to remain qualified for employment. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required board certification must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. Grade Level Requirements Staff Psychologist (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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18 The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the GS-13 (Full Performance Level) ["Staff Psychologist assigned to the Substance Dependence (SUDEP) division within the Mental Health Care Line at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. This provider serves as part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team directed toward providing mental health services to veterans requiring care. This psychologist provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic assessment, therapeutic and psycho-educational interventions as well as consultative services to other clinical specialties. The position entails the assessment and provision of substance use disorder-related and mental health treatment for veterans presenting to the Substance Dependence Program (SUDEP). The incumbent will primarily work with patients in the outpatient SUDEP clinic. The incumbent will be responsible for the intake and assessment of veteran's entering SUDEP. The incumbent completes the intake process which includes: Mental Health Intake, related clinical reminders, consent to treatment, and determines appropriate level of care. The incumbent will independently identify high-risk patients and provide referrals to appropriate case manager or may serve as a temporary case manager while veteran waits for admission to SUDEP clinical care and/or residential treatment. The incumbent conducts psychosocial assessments to assess substance use and risk factors among veterans participating in SUD care. The incumbent develops an integrated diagnostic summary, to include a SNAP assessment to document strengths, needs, abilities and preferences. The incumbent also gives presentations to the VA staff in both Psychology Service and the SUDEP program. Duties and responsibilities include but not limited to: Provides consultation services to other staff, including trainees, about psychosocial needs of patients, participates in treatment planning with the multidisciplinary team and when making consults to other providers. May serve as a field instructor, working with graduate psychologists or psychology trainees. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Participates in Professional Practice Evaluations (OPPE/FPPE) according to hospital policy. Independently evaluates his/her performance yearly. The incumbent participates in case conferences. Provide clinical, education, or research-related services in any service or clinic within SUDEP at any time at the discretion of the SUDEP or MHCL leadership. Licensed to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. 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. Consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. May be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training. Supervises students at practicum, internship, and fellowship levels. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staff on units to which assigned. Attends Psychology staff meetings once monthly. Participates in Professional Practice Evaluations (OPPE/FPPE) according to hospital policy. 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. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Available (at supervisors discretion) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91466-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - 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 whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.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. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.