Psychologist Behavioral Recovery Outreach Team

Location
Fargo, North Dakota
Salary
DOE
Posted
Jul 09, 2019
Industry
Healthcare

Summary

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans! This full-time, permanent Psychologist position is located at the Fargo VA Health Care System (HCS) within the Mental Health Service Line. The Incumbent has broad clinical responsibilities for the Behavioral Recovery Outreach (BRO) Team at the Fargo VA. The BRO Team will include a psychologist, social worker, and nursing staff.

Responsibilities

As a Licensed Provider for the Department of Veterans Affairs, you will practice independently in the provision of psychological services, engage in professional and scientific work which relates to behavior, capacities, personality, interests, emotions and mental disorders.consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

This is an open continuous announcement until filled. First applicant cut-off date is June 7, 2019. Applicants will be reviewed every 2 weeks after first cut-off date until position is filled.

As a Licensed Provider for the Department of Veterans Affairs, you will practice independently in the provision of psychological services, engage in professional and scientific work which relates to behavior, capacities, personality, interests, emotions and mental disorders, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

EDUCATION DEBT REPAYMENT PROGRAM OR STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM may be authorized for highly qualified applicants!

A $10,000 RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE is authorized for highly qualified candidates!

Major duties and responsibilities include: Provides a full range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions including individual, couple/family, as well as specialized interventions such as behavior management and systems or environmental interventions.

  • Responsible for providing clinical care, working with interprofessional teams, to create effective behavioral treatment plans, and provide recommendations to staff, community partners, and family members.
  • Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult Veterans with co-morbid mental and physical health problems.
  • Provides consultation to other affiliated health care providers about treatment plans for patients, to ensure care is coordinated, collaborative and integrated within the overall care plan.
  • Serves as a liaison for complex difficult to discharge patients hospitalized at the Fargo VA in supportive community settings (e.g., nursing homes, assisted living settings, etc.) providing ongoing care to help ensure Veterans' success in the community.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Applicants tentatively selected are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior and will not be appointed if a verified positive drug test result is received. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • 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
  • Subject to participation in the Seasonal Influenza Prevention Program for Health Care Personnel

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2019.

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.
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Education Requirement - You must 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. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
  • Internship Requirement - You must 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. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification). NOTE: 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: Candidates must 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. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (c)(2)(B) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.
  • Experience: In additional to meeting the basic requirements as stated above, you must have the following:
    • GS-11 Level: no additional experience beyond the basic requirement
    • GS-12 Level: at least 1 full year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the GS-11 level, and are able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
      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.
    • GS-13 Level: at least 2 addition years of experience, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice:
      1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a 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.

*Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform portions of the work, however, there is periodic walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, such as instructional material, books and manuals. The successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination and random drug screen are conditions of employment.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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-11 to GS-13.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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