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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist (Consult and Liaison) in Saginaw, Michigan

Summary

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and abilities

Responsibilities

This is an external job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, CBSR-10819376-20-JM unless applying by using Veteran Preference. All applicants applying under this external announcement will be subject to Veterans' preference. This Psychologist is assigned to the Mental Health Service at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center. Psychologists in Mental Health assess, plan, implement, collaborate and evaluate the needs and care of patients with acute and chronic mental health diseases. This Psychologist responds to Psychology CLC inpatient consults as required to meet the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs of inpatients in the Community Living Center. Psychologist may be requested to assess and evaluate patient mental health needs; may be requested to perform a competency evaluation and/or neuropsychological examination; and collaborate with medical staff in the consulted care of hospitalized Veterans. This Psychologist is also a member of the Palliative Care Consult Team (PCCT). This position is required to respond to Palliative Consults as required to meet the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs of seriously ill Veterans and their families in both inpatient and outpatient settings and support the maintenance of an effective PCCT.This Psychologist also responds to consults for medical decision-making capacity assessments from the Primary Care Service at the main campus of the Saginaw VAMC. This Psychologist will also be required to complete Mental Health Compensation & Pension examinations in response to examination requests from the Veterans Benefits Administration. This individual demonstrates leadership that is characterized by responsibility and accountability for population groups/individuals providing education, delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others. Care and service is provided to adult patients, aged 18-85 and older, who have mental health conditions including substance abuse.The incumbent must be able to comprehend and maintain knowledge of current VA guidelines, policies, Federal regulations, and laws governing medical benefits for Veterans. The incumbent must possess effective ability to communicate both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals and organizations. Duties include but are not limited to: Ability to perform assessments and make recommendations related to prognosis, pain and symptom management, goals of care, psychosocial and mental health issues for Veterans receiving services for terminal illness. Attend team and family meetings to coordinate care of Veteran. Ability to provide end of life counseling and bereavement to Veterans and families. Ability to clinically support the mental health identified needs of patients receiving care in the inpatient Palliative Care clinic. Knowledgeable of patient safety guidelines and process in Palliative Care unit. Respond timely to psychology inpatient consults for the Community Living Center (CLC), completing assessments and evaluations and documentation which include Palliative, Hospice, Long term Care, and any other programs under the purview of the CLC. Ability to complete capacity assessments per consulted request. Ability to complete neuropsychology screening per request. Work schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday)

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Virtual: This is not a virtual position..

Functional Statement Title: Psychologist (Consult and Liaison)

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and abilities.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2020. 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: 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 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. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internships: 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 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 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 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. OR 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. 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. 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met. Grade Requirements: GS-12 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 psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area. GS-13 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. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Job Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: The position is primarily sedentary, with some bending, walking and stooping required. This position requires the ability to read printed material and distinguish colors, such as reading computer screens and the ability to accurately perceive depth so as to move around work space safely and to appropriately make contact with patients and staff. Preferred Experience/Qualification: Full Independent Licensed Psychologist The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 to GS-13.

Education

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. PLEASE 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

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted. VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be eligible for telework. 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. 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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. The Medical Center is smoke free in all areas. Veterans preference does not apply to this job announcement per the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (PL 113-146, dated August 7, 2014).

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