This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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) 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. 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 (2) 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. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND (4) Internships (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. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard.] c. 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 [(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. (2) Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. d. Board Certification and Loss of Credential (1) Board Certification. Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education. (2) Loss of Credential. Once board certified, psychologist must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted board certification to remain qualified for employment. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required board certification must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: (1) Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (Entry Level) (a) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. ["The psychologist for whom this functional statement applies provides Gerohealth psychology services in the Extended Care Service Line. Depending on need, services are expected to be divided between Homebased Primary Care and the Community Living Center and to based out of the JB division. Assessment Diagnose the most common types of mental health conditions seen in older adults, including differential diagnosis (e.g., depression vs. dementia, anxiety, appropriately taking into consideration effects of medical conditions or medications) Engage family and professional caregivers as collaterals, and consider social and care systems, in the assessment process Interpret assessment data within the context of the home/inpatient CLC setting, making appropriate adaptations/qualifiers as appropriate Conduct brief cognitive tests (e.g., MOCA, SLUMS, BOMC, DRS, RBANS) to assist in understanding cognitive strengths and weaknesses Evaluate risk - suicide (vs. normative thoughts about death and dying in late life), harm to others, elder abuse/neglect, driving, firearm safety Assess reasons for lack of adherence to team recommendations and/or behaviors interfering with communication with and/or care from the interprofessional team Conduct evaluations of capacity for independent living/health care/financial and medical decision making Psychotherapy Conduct various forms of time-limited, problem-focused psychotherapy with health-compromised veterans (e.g., EBPs such as PST, BA, ACT, MI) Conduct interventions to support adjustment to disability, life transitions, loss Make adaptations for medically complex patients Make adaptations for cognitively impaired patients Make intervention adaptations in the home/inpatient setting Conduct/coordinate behavioral medicine interventions (e.g., for pain, insomnia, adherence) Conduct interventions related to grief and end-of-life Conduct/coordinate cognitive/compensatory training for cognitively impaired Veterans Conduct/coordinate couples or family therapy/meetings Caregiver/family/staff engagement/support: Determine how and when to include family/caregivers as care partners in the team care plan Provide psychoeducation about dementia and late life mental health concerns Work with caregivers/medical staff in prevention and management of distressed behaviors among individuals with dementia Intervene with family system in support of Veteran's treatment plan Provide interventions to address caregiver stress/burden Motivate/facilitate caregivers to seek their own mental health services as indicated Crisis/safety assessment/intervention competencies Assess for acuity of suicide risk, develop a safety plan, and respond to acute safety needs (e.g., initiate process of inpatient MH hospitalization/close unit observation) Make appropriate Adult Protective Service reports when needed (e.g., abuse, self-neglect) Support team in urgent capacity evaluation and planning to support safety in the immediate future (e.g., aggression in the context of dementia) Recognize other risky situations in the home or on the unit and address with team consultation as needed (e.g., interpersonal violence, drugs) Interprofessional team competencies Educate team about behavioral, mental health, and cognitive/capacity issues and advocate for person-centered care and MH recovery. Consult and collaborate with interprofessional team to address range of biopsychosocial concerns Consult with team regarding treating patients with care-interfering behaviors (e.g., offering constructive case conceptualization, using models like STAR -VA) Facilitate communication between team and Veterans/families/caregivers, and among team members, especially in context of conflict or high emotion Support team in strategies to manage stresses related to the provision of intensive or ongoing care (e.g., boundaries, grief and loss, expressions of discrimination/hate) Utilize telehealth modalities as appropriate for psychological evaluation and intervention activities Manage the behavioral and mental health needs of the population served, in partnership with the team (i.e., stepped care; determining which Veterans need specialized MH services) Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am 0 4:30am\nTelework: Telework may be available with supervisor permission\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidate in accordance with agency policy.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Carrie Muller-Rice at email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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