Vacancy Identification Number - 752491
The Boise VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for TWO Psychologists to join our Behavioral Health team working in Psychology Service.
ONE position is working 50% in Testing/Assesments and 50% Therapy Cronic Pain.
ONE position is working Evidence - Based Psychotherapy (EBP) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Telemental Health Provider.
These position can be filled at the GS-11, 12 or 13 level based on education, experience and licensure, please see qualifications section for additional information.
Pay for these position are determined by a Psychology Professional Standards board and is based on education and experience.
Relocation and Recruitment Incentives have not been authorized for these positions.
This announcement can be used to fill multiple vacancies.
Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
Written and Spoken English Language Proficiency required.
1st Position is -
The Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (EBP) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Telemental Health Provider is a licensed, independent (or license-eligible) psychologist whose primary function is the delivery of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for PTSD, primarily Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and/or Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), via telemental health modalities, such as clinical video teleconferencing (CVT), to rural veterans. The incumbent has successfully completed or will complete competency-based training in CPT or PE. S/he is familiar with or is capable to learn how to deliver CPT and PE through telemental health modalities to rural veterans located in regional satellite clinics and veterans homes. The incumbent has a high degree of motivation, skill and dedication to effectively deliver evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD. S/he has a deep understanding of the process and rationale for delivering time-limited evidence-based psychotherapies, can conduct PTSD screening, assessment, and diagnosis and is broadly acquainted with various clinical treatment modalities and clinical support systems. The incumbent has excellent organizational skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills essential for delivering distance-based mental health services. The incumbent further contributes to a high performance environment and a strong team orientation. S/he will participate in national program evaluation procedures designed to assess clinical impact, patient satisfaction, and other aspects associated with the delivery of evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD through telemental health modalities coordinated by the Office of Mental Health Services in VA Central Office as part of the national Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for PTSD Telemental Health Initiative.
2nd Position is -
The psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. S/he has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision. However, some psychologists functioning at this level also have research obligations, associated with a university faculty appointment, collateral supervisory responsibilities, and limited administrative/managerial duties.
The staff psychologist will be providing a combination of psychological assessment, consultation, and direct patient care. An emphasis will be in the area of Health Psychology and include such issues as chronic pain/somatoform disorders. Psychological assessments will encompass both outpatient and inpatient (for patients who are hospitalized for psychiatric and/or medical reasons) services. Direct patient care will involve a combination of group, couples/family, and individual therapy.
Must possess a current, full and unrestricted license to practice Psychology at the doctoral level in a State, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Colombia.
Exception. The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
(1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
(2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
Grade Level Determinations:
(a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist
(a) Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure.
(b) Assignment . At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.
(a) Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
(b) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(c) Assignments. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Department of Veterans Affairs - 14 months ago