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Clinical Psychologist - Home Based Primary Care/Rehabilitation & Extended Care

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Saint Cloud
Posted on: June 3, 2021

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Summary

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 candidate

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Responsibilities

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, evidence-based approaches.
  • 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 home environment.
  • Provide clinical services through the use of telemental health/telehome technology.
  • 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 they understand.
  • 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 setting.
  • 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 referrals.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, with some evenings and weekends possible.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

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0180 Psychology

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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 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
  • Must have and maintain a valid, state-issued drivers license.

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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: (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 appointment.
  • 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:

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 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.

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 level.

In addition to the experience above, the applicant's resume must demonstrate 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.

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 duties performed.

Preferred Experience: Training in gero-psych gerontology desired.

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 stability required.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.

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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Saint Cloud , Clinical Psychologist - Home Based Primary Care/Rehabilitation & Extended Care, Other , Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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