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Psychologist
Overview
Locations
Bremerton, WA; Mount Vernon, WA; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA
Summary
OUR MISSION: 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?

This is an open continuous announcement meant to fill staff psychologist vacancies within VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The announcement will remain open until all vacancies are filled. Apply early for first consideration. Please include cover letter with area of interest.
Duties

The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for any of our divisions; Seattle, American Lake, King County CBOCS (Bellevue, Lake City, and Federal Way)Bremerton, Mt Vernon) Rural CBOCS (Bremerton, Mt Vernon, Bellevue, Lake City, and Federal Way) or Fort Lawton. Clinics covered in these areas include: PTSD, Outpatient Mental Health, Residential, Addictions Treatment, Primary Care Mental Health Integration, and Telemental Health. Licensed psychologists obtain clinical privileges to practice general psychological procedures expected of all psychologists. They may also be granted specialty area clinical privileges to include (but not be limited to) Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Geropsychology, and/or Clinical Health Psychology. Unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist with clinical privileges, covered by a Scope of Practice document. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive, evidence based care to a wide variety of psychopathology including, but not limited to mood disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic spectrum disorders.
  • Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions.
  • Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment.
  • Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
  • Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center.
  • Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist.
  • Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.
  • Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.
  • Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line.
  • At the GS-13 level, psychologists are fully licensed and function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Psychologists at this grade additionally assume independent professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.
Work Schedule: Work schedules will vary depending on the vacancy. Typical working hours include Mon-Fri 0730-1600
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.
graph of estimated pay ranges
$65,014
$120,461
Job Details
Application Open Date
12/14/2017

Application Close Date
9/28/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
United States Citizens

Status
Full-Time


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    • 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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • 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.
      • Education:(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 (Geropsychology, Behavioral Medicine, and/or Primary Care Psychology. AND (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
      • Exception (1) 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 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.
      • 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. 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. ยง 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.
      Preferred Experience: Have successfully completed a postdoctoral clinical psychology position in Geropsychology, Behavioral Medicine, or Primary Care or have comparable experiences.

      Grade Determinations:
      GS-11: Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

      GS-12: 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, 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.
      GS-13: 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. 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. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
      1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques 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, Part II, Appendix G18, VA Qualification Standard for Psychologist, GS-180. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

      The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13.
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    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/28/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
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      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

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  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section
    • Series: 0180-Psychology
      Job Pay Type: Per Year
      Job Openings: MANY
      Job Position: CBBY-10089971-18-ALH

      The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for any of our divisions; Seattle, American Lake, King County CBOCS (Bellevue, Lake City, and Federal Way)Bremerton, Mt Vernon) Rural CBOCS (Bremerton, Mt Vernon, Bellevue, Lake City, and Federal Way) or Fort Lawton. Clinics covered in these areas include: PTSD, Outpatient Mental Health, Residential, Addictions Treatment, Primary Care Mental Health Integration, and Telemental Health. Licensed psychologists obtain clinical privileges to practice general psychological procedures expected of all psychologists. They may also be granted specialty area clinical privileges to include (but not be limited to) Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Geropsychology, and/or Clinical Health Psychology. Unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist with clinical privileges, covered by a Scope of Practice document. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

      • Provide comprehensive, evidence based care to a wide variety of psychopathology including, but not limited to mood disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic spectrum disorders.
      • Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions.
      • Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment.
      • Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
      • Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center.
      • Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist.
      • Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.
      • Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.
      • Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line.
      • At the GS-13 level, psychologists are fully licensed and function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Psychologists at this grade additionally assume independent professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.
      Work Schedule: Work schedules will vary depending on the vacancy. Typical working hours include Mon-Fri 0730-1600
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.