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. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by Public Law 96-151 codified in 38 U.S.C. ? 7402. To qualify for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. 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 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, 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 (pre-1979) 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. c. 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 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 and Loss of Credential (1) 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. (2) 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. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. ? 7403(f). Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. GRADE REQUIREMENTS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. (1) Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration. (2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level. ["The Staff Psychologist position is a full-time position under the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) and located in the Homeless Domiciliary Program on the grounds of the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), Brockton campus. The Domiciliary is a Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program (MH RRTP) that is dedicated to the treatment of Veterans who are homeless and have substance use and psychiatric co-morbidities as well as other social problems. Direct Service Provision a. Screens new referrals and makes recommendations regarding admission, serves as liaison to inpatient and outpatient referring providers, follows up with Veterans, and attends Integrated Screening Calls with other residential programs. b. Provides diagnostic assessments based on knowledge of DSM criteria, and makes recommendations for care based on thorough knowledge of mental health conditions. c. Provides a full range of psychotherapeutic interventions in the Domiciliary Program, including individual and group psychotherapy. Selects and provides the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing high quality care, including evidence-based care for substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and trauma related disorders, and serious mental illnesses, as well as personality disorders. d. Provides consultation and psycho-education to other medical and mental health providers, community agencies, and Veterans' family members and social supports, as indicated. e. Attends interdisciplinary treatment team meetings in the Domiciliary Program, provides recommendations for Veterans under their care, and assists in coordinating mental health care with other services provided within and outside the program. f. May serve as a treatment team coordinator for an interdisciplinary team of providers and be responsible for overseeing treatment and discharge planning for a caseload of patients assigned to the team. g. Contributes to community clinical service activities in Mental Health (e.g., urgent care, police evaluations, compensation and pension evaluations), as requested. h. Provides clinical supervision to psychology pre-doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows, assuming responsibility as the LIP for supervised cases. i. Provides consultation and training for licensed and non-licensed staff in the Domiciliary Program on evidence-based practices. j. Works in compliance with local and national performance measures. k. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by local and national guidelines. 2. Clinical Administrative Activities a. Provides oversight of the Consultation Service and Admissions Steering Committee for the Homeless Domiciliary. b. Completes progress notes and reports, including comprehensive admission assessments, treatment plans and updates, preparation of discharge summaries. c. Assists program in preparing for accreditation and other regulatory reviews. d. Keeps informed regarding treatment and outcome research development in the areas of substance use and psychiatric disorders, psychosocial rehabilitation, and related fields. e. Attends local accreditation and substance abuse conference calls, and national MH RRTP and Domiciliary calls. f. May sit on local training committees for psychology. Academic/Teaching/Training (10% effort) 1. May hold a faculty appointment at Boston University School of Medicine or Harvard University School of Medicine. 2. In addition to providing clinical supervision, participates in the broader education of psychology interns and fellows. 3. Provides interdisciplinary supervision to psychiatry residents. 4. Provides ongoing education and training to Domiciliary staff about accreditation requirements/standards, and new policies and procedures for residential care. B. Clinical Program Development and Evaluation (10%) 1. Assists with the development and implementation of new and existing psychological treatments in a manner that will optimize clinical care in the Domiciliary. 2. Participates in program evaluation processes in the Domiciliary including collecting and analyzing data on program effectiveness, access, efficiency, and satisfaction, contributes to design and implementation of quality improvement projects, and contributes to monitoring of information related to other required performance measures. C. Research (5% effort) 1. May design and implement research projects in collaboration with other psychologists in VA Boston Healthcare System 2. As applicable, may present outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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