Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Psychologist & Coordinator (Mental Health Clinic) in Crown Point, Indiana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Crown Point, IN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1826215

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Salary Ranges:

GS-12: $77,899 – $101,269

GS-13: $92,632 – $120,427

EDRP Has been approved for this position.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program, depending on the type of employment, schedule, amount/type of qualifying debt, and funding availability. The employee will begin to receive the benefit upon acceptance into the program - not backdated to the date employment begins. Please contact for more information.


This position is for a full-time (40 hours per week) Clinical Psychologist assigned to the Adam Benjamin, Jr. Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Crown Point, Indiana. The clinic is located in Northwest Indiana, about 1 ½ hours south of Chicago, in an area known for affordable housing, low taxes, and minimal traffic congestion. There are several National Guard and Reserve units from Northwest Indiana that have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. ABJ is defined by the VA as a very large CBOC, with over 14,000 total enrolled veterans, and over 1,500 enrolled veterans in the Mental Health Clinic. The Crown Point Clinic was first established 20 years ago, and due to growth in the number of veterans, a new clinic was opened in October 2011. The Adam Benjamin, Jr. CBOC is part of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, which has primary affiliations with the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Northwestern University Medical School. This VA has an American Psychological Association Accredited Internship Program, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, and a Psychology Externship Program. Psychology trainees are assigned to the CBOC.

The incumbent is the Coordinator of the Mental Health Clinic (MHC). Approximately 70% of time is devoted to clinical duties and 30% of time is devoted to the Coordinator role.


**Clinic duties include assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapy, psychological testing, interdisciplinary team consultation and collaboration on patient care. The psychologist functions as a case manager (with full case management responsibilities), a therapist and a member of a team. Typical assignments involve diagnosis and treatment. The incumbent provides individual, group and marital/family interventions to veterans. There is an emphasis on effective and efficient short term therapy, with an emphasis on VA Evidence Based Therapy (EBP). There also is an emphasis on short term therapy groups. The incumbent must have the ability to conduct diagnostic interviewing and psychological testing, including objective measures, projective measures and intellectual measures. The incumbent must have the skill in assessing for suicidality and homicidality, and skill in providing effective interventions to patients in crisis. The incumbent is expected to be certified in VA Evidence Based Therapy or to seek Certification when training is available.

As part of the clinic team, the incumbent shares the responsibility for providing consultative services to other services and departments of the facility and to private, state and other institutions.

Work Schedule:Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. The position may require evening and weekend work.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States.

  • English Language Proficiency: Must be Proficient in basic written and spoken English.

  • *Education: * Have a Doctoral Degree in Psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment of the position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).

  • Internship: Must have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.

  • Licensure: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. (Copy Required). Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist, up to the GS-12 level only, and must be supervised by a licensed psychologist.

Experience with diagnosis and treatment is required. Experience in VA Evidence Based Therapy is preferred but not required. Experience in program leadership is preferred but not required. Coordinator, Mental Health Clinic (MHC).


Experience: In addition to the Basic Requirements, must possess at least 1 full year of post-doctoral degree experience appropriate to the specialty area of the position. This includes: The ability to provide clinical supervision in psychotherapy and testing, and to provide educational seminars to trainees in psychology and other disciplines. Possess organizational skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills essential for orking effectively in a team environment. Performs most duties in this position independently, receiving only general direction as to the overall nature of the activity desired from the Chief of Psychology and general direction in those areas required by VA regulations. Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following GS-12 KSAs:

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

  • Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

  • Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.


Licensure: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States ( e.g. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

Experience: In addition to the Basic Requirements, must have the experience requirements equivalent to the GS-12 level as stated above; and Must possess at least 2 years of post-doctoral experience appropriate to the specialty area of the position. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following GS-13 KSAs:

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques 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.

The experience must indicate the applicant's ability to perform the duties of a psychologist in the area of work and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade for which being considered. An applicant must have demonstrated supervisory or administrative abilities for positions which include these responsibilities. For positions in grade GS-12-13, one (1) year of experience must have been at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade in the Federal service.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

REFERENCE: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements established in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix F3, dated April 15, 2002, for this series.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements: The work of the psychologist is largely office based and in a sedentary setting. No manual labor is required above ordinary situations. Incumbent must be capable of using a computer given that all clinical charting is electronic. The incumbent must also become familiar with or willing to utilize the equipment and protocols used in the Telemental Health Initiative. This position may involve travel to the main hospital facility, other CBOC's and/or other remote points of presence within the service area; therefore the incumbent must possess a valid driver's license. The position may involve some evening and weekend hours to provide outreach or treatment to Veterans.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:** Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

EDRP Has been approved for this position.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), depending on the amount of verified qualifying debt balance and funding availability. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center for additional information.

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-12/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453481600

Job Announcement Number: JB-17-NT-1826215-4CA