Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist in Palo Alto, California
Summary 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 Responsibilities A. Clinical and Administrative Responsibilities (70% time) Provides direct mental health and substance abuse services for Veterans and family members or significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment. Coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Identifies high-risk Veterans and provides case management services. Provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Makes routine visits to each Veteran in residence to assess his/her environment and provide on-going clinical services. Provides individual, group, and family therapy, utilizing specific techniques designed and empirically supported for this unique population. Provides consultation to interdisciplinary team members and is responsible for development and maintenance of professional standards of practice and education others about them. Explains Veteran's treatment and progress to third parties as appropriate and manages the quality control and evaluation of the professional services provided. Devises methods of obtaining data and evaluates data to determine the effectiveness of treatment and identifies consistent qualities of successful and non-successful treatment. Directs/coordinates clinical and psychosocial services and is accountable for the overall effectiveness of the services provided. Coordinates discharge treatment needs by working with programs within the VA system as well as community health care professionals, and housing resources. Provides consultation to health care personnel on the psychosocial components of the Veteran's situation. Develop an assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members and significant others. Maintains treatment plans based on clinical assessment for each Veteran which are reviewed quarterly with updates as needed. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs, is responsible for educating the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference. Assists in coordinating the psycho-educational program at FSP. This includes the following duties: 1. Provides consultation to staff, patients, and/or their families regarding the appropriate provision of services within the program. 2. Shares expertise and provides consultation to professional staff throughout the facility on issues relating to the program population. 3. Provides orientation, consultation, training to other clinical staff or students. 4. Obtains and/or participates in continuing education related to the program area. 5. Serves as a mentor to other mental health staff, particularly those at the entry level, and when appropriate, provides clinical oversight for unlicensed social workers and for social work associates. Works to insure seamless coordination with Addiction Consult Team with regard to referrals for treatment, coordination of program visits for Veterans referred for treatment, and updates about planned discharges from First Step Program. Maintains accurate statistics, including Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) required data, prepares other reports, as required, within specified deadlines; submits data on patient contacts promptly and accurately. Assists with coordination of aftercare, provision of aftercare, including coordination and promotion of the aftercare component "Small Circle of Friends", as well as patient tracking for performance measures. Enriching Elements: Academic/Teaching/Training (15% time): The incumbent may provide training and supervision to psychology trainees at different levels as needed and appropriate for the setting. Supports the Psychology Service training program as needed by serving on committees, presenting at seminars and other activities. Provides training to program staff and other health care providers, as needed. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Research/Program Evaluation (10% of time): Assists the Program Manager in the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within the First Step Program using Total Quality Improvement (TQI) processes. Assists the Program Manager in the planning and completion of program-related research, designed to provide information regarding program effectiveness and needs. Presents outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Physical Requirements: Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this vacancy English Language: Must be proficient in written and spoken English 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, (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. [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. 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. Grade Determination: 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. 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 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. 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. Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30pm References: VA Handbook 5005, Chapter II, Appendix G39. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review Telework: May be available to highly qualified candidate, according to local policy Virtual: This position is not virtual Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Note: These positions are covered by the bargaining unit Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. 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