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Clinical Psychologist-PCMHI Mental Health GS-0180-11/12/13

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Saint Cloud
Posted on: November 4, 2019

Job Description:

This is an"Open and Continuous" announcement. Applicants will be reviewed for all required documentation and referred every two weeks until the vacancy is filled.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for this positionIMPORTANT: 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.Clinical Psychologist is a member of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team assigned to provide mental health care/psychological services in the Primary Care setting. Will provide clinical services for patients presenting in Primary Care for a variety issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance misuse, chronic pain, health related comorbidities such as tinnitus, diabetes, tobacco, weight loss, sleep disorders).

Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.Provides consultation to professional staff within St. Cloud VA Health Care System and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for patients on the Primary Care panel who require such treatment. Functions independently as a member of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Serves as an integral member of the primary care team to provide accessible, integrated, biopsychosocial health care services. Uses evidence based practice and assists the team in the use of such practice. Provides a full range of brief, solution focused therapeutic interventions to primary care patients not currently established with a mental health provider. Such interventions include cognitive and behavioral techniques, behavioral interventions, supportive therapy, and when appropriate, insight-oriented therapy. When patients require consultation to specialty Mental Health services, facilitates this process. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in their understanding of psychological factors and formulation of appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients.

Work Schedule: Administrative Days, Occasional evenings and weekends

Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2019.

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.
  • Education: Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Associate (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.Internship:(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.)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.(1) 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 (a)(1)(D) 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.


    Preferred Experience: At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS 12 level.

    Grade Determinations:

    GS-11 Staff Psychologist (Entry Level)Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

    GS-12 Staff Psychologist (Developmental Level)Experience. At least 1 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.

    GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level)Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard dated February 7, 2018

    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.

    Physical Requirements: Must pass pre-employment physical.

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Saint Cloud , Clinical Psychologist-PCMHI Mental Health GS-0180-11/12/13, Healthcare , Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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