The St. Cloud VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for
a full-time, permanent, Psychologist - Home Based Primary
Care/Rehabilitation & Extended Care. This position is located in
the Rehabilitation & Extended Care service line.
A recruitment incentive may be eligible to a highly qualified
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Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Provide screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of
depressive and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I
conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited,
- Assess and provide treatments for subclinical symptoms of
dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use
or misuse of alcohol or other drugs.
- Provide psychological prevention services to patients at
significant risk for psychological problems.
- Provide services to the families of Veterans with dementia
being served by HBPC/REC when such care is directly related to the
overall treatment plan for the Veteran and will allow better care
for the Veteran and allow the family to sustain the Veteran in the
- Provide clinical services through the use of telemental
- Perform capacity/competency assessments when there are
questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions.
- Assess patients' understanding of advanced directive and other
forms of consent and assist staff in determining how to present
treatment options and other such material to patients in a format
- Provide individual and group interventions to support patients
that are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with
disability and other life transitions.
- Provide psychoeducational and supportive interventions, in
conjunction with the Veteran, for spouses, family
members/caregivers, and others that are crucial to keeping the
Veteran at home for maintaining the Veteran in the REC care
- Facilitate transition and adjustment to new living situations,
and provide seamless intervention services.
- Provide behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain,
disability, address sleep problems, facilitate weight loss, promote
smoking cessation, and enhance medical compliance.
- Promote patient independence and achievement of optimal health
through appropriate psychosocial education and community
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, with some
evenings and weekends possible.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this
- Clinical Psychologists
Conditions 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
- 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
- Must have and maintain a valid, state-issued drivers
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all 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) 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(2) Have a doctoral degree in any
area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a
respecialization program (including documentation of an approved
internship completed as part of the 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 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
respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or
CPA internship. OR(3)Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951
and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a
dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
- 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.) 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.
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
- 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
GS-11 Clinical Psychologist (Entry Level)
Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-12 Clinical 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.
In addition, the applicant's resume must demonstrate the
Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional
psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of
Ability to design and implement effective treatment
Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and
implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with
specified research job duties).
- 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
GS-13 Clinical 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
In addition to the experience above, the applicant's resume must
demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological
treatments to the full range of patient populations.
Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas
related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
- Knowledge of clinical research literature.
GS-13 Assignment: This is the full performance level for
clinical psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed
to practice independently in the provision of psychological
services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.
Clinical psychologists may be involved in program evaluation,
teaching, training, and research activities.
Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree
experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the
Preferred Experience: Training in gero-psych gerontology
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103 PART II APPENDIX G18
The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of 11 to 13.
Physical Requirements: The work of the Clinical Psychologist is
largely office based and in a sedentary setting. Light lifting and
carrying under 15 pounds may be required. Some walking, standing,
and reaching above the shoulder may be needed. Emotional and mental
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your
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.
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