Psychologist- Services for Outpatient Addiction Recovery
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Internal Number: 695071200
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. English Language Proficiency. Psychologists who serve in a direct patient-care capacity must be proficient in written and spoken English. Education. Possess 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 possess 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; OR possess a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship. 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 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 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 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 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 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.] 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: GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements.GS-12: At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) AND demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities [KSAs]: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 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 collaboration. GS-13: At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level AND demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities [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. Preferred Experience: Experience working with persons with Substance Use Disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders References: VA Handbook 5005, 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 is sedentary. Some work may require movement between offices, hospital, warehouses, and similar areas for meetings and to conduct work. Work may also require walking/standing, in conjunctions with travel to and attendance at meetings and/or conferences away from the work site. Incumbent may carry and lift light items weighing less than 15 pounds ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until February 20, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be December 2, 2022, with subsequent cut-off dates every 2 weeks . Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Clinical Responsibilities (90% of time): Provides a full range of diagnostic and assessment services appropriate to the interdisciplinary addictions treatment setting; Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions, including: individual, group, and marital therapy, psychoeducation, and care coordination, with special emphasis on evidenced-based interventions found to be effective in treatment of addictions; Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients; Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the setting and the specific presenting issues; Provides consultation services to support team decision-making, building on team interventions and improving team-patient working relationships; Provides psychological consultation to non-psychologist team members and other health care system staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Academic/Teaching/Training: (5% of time) Provides clinical supervision to Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows, interns and practicum students training in the SOAR program. Is involved in the training of medical students, psychiatric residents, and nursing students who train in the SOAR program. 2-50543A Administrative/Program Evaluation/Outcome Measurement/Research (5% time) Participates in the monitoring of performance measures that pertain to Mental Health Service and SOAR. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by Mental Health Service and the VASLCHCS Participates in program-wide outcome evaluation studies. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00a-4:30p, may be required to work weeknights or weekends based on program needs Compressed/Flexible: Availability is based on needs of program and agency Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:56043-O, 56044-O, 56045-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Liz.Licea@email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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