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. Learn more 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: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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. 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, (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. 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. 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. Preferred Experience: Preferred experience with Evidence Based Psychotherapy (EBP), such as CBT-D, ACT, IPT, CBT-I, CBT-CP, DBT. Grade Determinations: Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) Experience: None above the basic requirements. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) Experience. At least one 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. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, 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). 5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration. 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. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dtd Feb 7, 2018. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. 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: The work requires light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds), reaching above shoulder level, use of hands and fingers, ability for rapid mental/muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to distinguish basic colors, and hearing (aid permitted). Environmental factors include working closely with others. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services). ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until the positions are filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be two weeks from opening date and then referrals will be made as applicants apply. If you are a current, permanent VA employees and Federal employees from other federal agency or Health Professional Trainees (HPTs), you should apply under CBST- 11414326-22-ER. The Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks has several open positions for psychologists, and we are eager to hear from you!!The duties of the Psychologist in Psychiatry/Mental Health Service include but are not limited to: Provide care to Veterans with a wide variety of presenting psychological symptoms using a recovery framework with a foundation of evidence based practice. Clinical care focuses on the implementation of Evidence Based Psychotherapy (EBP) as a primary intervention and using Measurement Based Care (MBC) to regularly assess treatment progress and outcomes. Responsibilities include clinical assessment, differential diagnosis, utilization of MBC, shared decision making for individualized treatment planning, as well as direct delivery of clinical services in individual, group, couples/family, and telehealth formats. The Psychologist will provide all services in accordance with relevant policies and VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines, with a strong emphasis on delivering EBPs.All positions are eligible for recruitment/relocation incentives, EDRP, and telework is available for highly qualified candidates. General Mental Health/Palliative Care Psychologist - Fayetteville, AR\nThe GMH Psychologist actively participates in the interdisciplinary (BHIP) team with regular collaboration. Psychologist has 20% of time assigned to VHSO Palliative Care Team consultation. Duties include attendance and participation in weekly meetings with the Palliative Care Team, bedside consultation with palliative care patients to include mental status examination, supportive contact, and caregiver and family support. The Psychologist may also participate in training Psychology Interns. Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) Psychologist - Fayetteville, AR\nThe PRRC psychologist provides recovery-oriented care to Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI), including EBP techniques in the assessment and treatment of patients with the goal of assisting patients to partner with the interdisciplinary team in working to establish recovery goals and promoting independence. The psychologist uses evidenced based psychotherapies, social skills training, CBT for psychosis, and/or other discipline appropriate techniques. The psychologist may also offer educational services to the family support systems of patients with whom they work in order to facilitate and generalize treatment gains. Women's Health Psychologist - Fayetteville, AR\nThe Women's Health Psychologist will serve as a leader in Women's Mental Health care at VHSO. S/he will work closely within the WH-PACT using a whole-health approach to identify women Veterans in need of both individual and group evidence based psychotherapy services while assisting in developing the local culture to sustain an environment that welcomes and serves women Veterans. The psychologist functions as part of multidisciplinary WH-PACT, and delivers brief, consultation-based services to Veterans, primary care providers, and allied PACT members. The Psychologist will work closely with other CBOC staff to ensure high quality evidence based psychotherapy services are available to women Veterans throughout VHSO. Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Psychologist - Fayetteville, AR The PCMHI Psychologist provides functional assessment, triage, brief intervention, education and consultative services regarding a wide range of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns, on referral from primary care providers and allied PACT members. The psychologist uses brief assessments routinely (e.g., PHQ-9, PCL, AUDIT-C) for measurement based care and shared decision making. Provides brief mental health and behavioral interventions (e.g., 1-5 sessions for broad range of concerns) and uses time-limited, evidence based interventions (e.g., PST-PC, CBT-I). Routinely consults with PCPs and other PACT team members about plan of care for patients and conducts effective curbside consultations and integrates within primary care team and works closely in collaboration with PACT team. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00175-F, Staff Psychologist\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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