Psychologist, SUD-PTSD
Department of Veterans Affairs - Richmond, VA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): VHA-652-12-ZE-562028 (Include on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - 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 care to Veterans?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

English language proficiency required.

Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.

Duties: This is an Excepted Appointment, Not To Exceed 9/30/2012. The primary job functions of the incumbent includes the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, education of staff and trainee supervision. The incumbent will specifically address the complex needs of veterans of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and co-morbid Substance Abuse Disorders. Successfully coordinates service delivery with the PTSD Program Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) Program Coordinator, the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) coordinator, and the Returning OEF/OIF Combat Veterans Clinical Coordinator. Applies advanced strategies to a full range of patient problems in the work setting. Possesses advanced knowledge of culturally sensitive psychological assessment techniques, diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies the incumbent to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.

Work schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Supervisory Position: No.

Bargaining Unit Position: No.

Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized.

EDUCATION: 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 AND have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology internship program that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such program were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-12: 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 be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate will be rated on the following skills, knowledges, and abilities:

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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: 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

After the vacancy announcement closes, applications will be evaluated against the questionnaire responses to insure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements and that your application reflects the knowledges, skills, and abilities required of the position.

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, 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 .

Persons with Disabilities (5 CFR 213.3102 U, Schedule A) which includes mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities.
Disabled Veterans with compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.

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