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Psychologist (Mental Health Clinic)

Department of Veterans Affairs

This is a Full-time position in Bedford, MA posted February 17, 2021.

* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThis position is located in the Mental Health Service at the Bedford VA Medical Center location. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week. The Psychologist Serving Mental Health Clinic (MHC) is a clinical position whose primary responsibilities are to provide evidence-based psychotherapies; program development; resource development; continuous quality improvement activities; and evaluation/consultation.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities* performs mental health assessments for Veterans;* provides appropriate evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for Veterans;* provides services that encourage a Recovery-Oriented approach to supporting Veterans;* assesses Veterans for safety and/or the need for further intervention;* serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their formulation of thepsychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients, particularly in-patient veterans being treated for acute psychiatric problems;* consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of Veteran care issues;* trains medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate, including psychology interns and fellows, nursing students, social work students, and medical students and residents; and* may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities as the opportunity and interest arises.Work Schedule: Monday- Friday; 08:00 am- 04:30 pmCompressed/Flexible: Not AvailableTelework: Ad Hoc onlyVirtual: Not a Virtual positionRelocation &Travel Incentives: Not authorizedRecruitment Incentives: Not AuthorizedPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorizedFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required.* This is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position.* This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.* Selectee may be required to attend conferences/meetings at other VA campuses and CBOC’s.* This position is in the Excepted Service.* Psychologist may be assigned additional responsibilities in other locations as directed by Mental Health or Psychology Leadership.* You must include VA form 10-2850 (c) in your application package to be considered for this vacancy.Travel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion PotentialNone* Job family (Series)0180 PsychologySimilar jobs* Clinical Psychologists* Psychologists* Psychologists, All Other* Psychologists, Clinical* Psychologists, School* Psychologists, Social* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959* You may be required to serve a probationary period* Subject to a background/security investigation* Must be proficient in written and spoken English* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process* Must pass pre-employment physical examination.* May be subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.QualificationsBasic 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 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.* Board Certification. Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current, and the applicant must abide by the certifying body’s requirement for continuing education.* Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.* English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).GS 13 Psychologist (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.Assignment. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They may be assigned to any VHA program and setting, such as inpatient or outpatient medicine, primary care, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Compensation and Pension, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organization Development. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions. Psychologists consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities.References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard dated 02/07/2018Physical Requirements: The Incumbent will have contact with patients and functional requirements such as the ability to distinguish basic colors, emotional stability, intelligible speech, adequate personality, ability to hear (hearing aid permitted), and near vision are required.EducationIMPORTANT: 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.