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Staff Psychologist (Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care) – Columbus, Ohio
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 566566 Start date: 02/03/2022 End date: 04/30/2022
Summary of Qualifications
Applicants awaiting completion of education or certification/licensing requirements may be referred and tentatively screened, but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic requirements: Citizenship of the United States. 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 shall be appointed under the authority of 38 USC, Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient care capacity in VHA who does not not master the writing. and spoken English. Education requirement. You must have a doctorate 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 has been completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the mission for which the candidate is to be employed; OR, Hold a doctoral degree in any field of psychology and, in addition, have successfully completed a respecialization program that meets the following two conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA-accredited doctoral program or CPA; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained corresponds to the assignment for which you are applying; OR, Have a doctorate awarded between 1951 and 1978 by a regionally accredited institution, with a thesis mainly of a psychological nature. Internship requirement. You must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship program approved by the APA or CPA at the time of program completion that is relevant to the assignment for which the candidate is to be employed; OR, new VHA Psychology Internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable to meet the internship requirements, provided such programs have been sanctioned by the VHA Central Office program director for the psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time the individual was an intern; OR, VHA institutions that offered one-year full-time undergraduate fellowships prior to PL 96-151 (prior to 1979) are considered acceptable to meet the fellowship requirement; OR, applicants who have completed an internship that was not accredited by the APA or CPA at the time of program completion may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area compatible with the assignment for which the candidate is to be engaged. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification); OR, applicants with a doctorate degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 by a regionally accredited institution with a thesis primarily of a psychological nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of one year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable for 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 certifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience has been completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. Licence. Applicants must hold a full, current, and unlimited license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a state, territory, or the Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Exception. Unlicensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be temporarily appointed as a “certified psychologist” at grade GS-11 or GS-12 under the authority of 38 USC § 7405 [(c)(2)(B)] for a period not exceeding two years from the date of employment provided that such psychologist provides care only under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Failure to obtain a permit during this period justifies the termination of the temporary appointment. May qualify based on grandfather coverage as outlined in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Determination of marks: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following criteria must be met when determining the candidate’s mark: GS-11 Staff Psychologist (entry level): No additional requirements at beyond basic requirements. Unlicensed psychologists must practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. GS-12 Staff Psychologist (Development Level): 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 level. In addition to the above experience, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA): 1. Knowledge and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of populations of patients. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to integrate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to carry out research activities, such as the design and implementation of clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specific research tasks). 5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution in the context of an established research team, including relationships with research participants, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance and collaboration. GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level): At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, of which at least one year is equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the above experience, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA): 1. Knowledge and ability to apply professional psychological treatments to all patient populations. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to occupational psychology and behavioral health. 3. Familiarity with clinical research literature. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18 Qualification Standard for Psychologists. The full performance level for this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which a candidate can be selected for this vacancy is between GS-11 and GS-13. Physical Requirements: The job is largely desk-based in a sedentary environment. No manual work is required above ordinary situations. The incumbent must be able to use a computer as clinical records are electronic.
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