Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Psychologist (Pre-surgical Consultation and Rehabilitation) in Orlando, Florida
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Orlando, FL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (21 day(s) ago)
** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1805035
A RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincolns 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 Americas Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the following facilities; a 120-bed Community Living Center and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program (located at the Lake Nona Campus), Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Tavares, and Orange City. Our new medical center is currently open for many outpatient services and will continue to open more services, including inpatient beds and an emergency department, throughout 2016. The new 65-acre medical campus has 134-inpatient beds and provides acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.
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.
The Orlando VA Medical Center is looking for a Staff Psychologist to work primarily in the pre-surgical consult clinic to include transplant, bariatric surgery candidates, gender reassignment candidates and other populations that may be identified. Some of the clinical responsibilities will include, but not limited to;
- Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate rehabilitation, medical psychology, health and behavior, and psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
- Performs diagnostic evaluations for Veterans with a full range of health and behavioral health disorders.
- Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions. Interventions will be individual, group, and milieu based health and behavior treatments.
- Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. In addition, may provide collateral clinical supervisory duties primarily for non-professional staff, although a small number of professional staff may be supervised well.
- May be assigned to any program area and may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.
- Independently provides psychological services at all levels of complexity and consults with peers and supervisors as appropriate.
- Will engage in program development to establish and expand the consultation-based service across the various medical programs involved (Medicine, Surgery, GI, etc.) to include evaluation and an associated health and behavior treatment program.
- Will meet with each surgical candidate referred (transplant candidate, bariatric surgery candidate, gender reassignment candidate, spinal cord stimulator candidate, and other pre-surgical groups that may be identified), and complete the detailed assessment as part of the pre-surgical evaluation process.
- Provides health and behavior treatment follow-up as needed both pre- and post-surgery as per the clinician recommendation to the Veteran, or as identified by members of the pre-surgical Teams, policy, or concerns identified by other services or outside care givers. Intervention may be in the form of patient/care provider education, in individual, group, or milieu format.
- Serves as a member of the identified Pre-surgical Teams. Provides consultation and education to the teams and to the larger Orlando VA community.
Work Schedule: The candidate must be willing to work weekends and irregular work hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and /or locations if necessary within the Orlando VAMC system. Every effort will be made to try to keep their clinical work at the site for which they were hired to work. The candidate may need to provide clinical services off tour and will be required to receive critical messages no matter where or when your primary site and tour are. Functional Statement Title: Staff Psychologist, Pre-surgical consultation and rehabilitation. The selectee may be required to work or travel between any of the locations within Corporate Orlando, including the new Lake Nona campus. The selectee may also be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis, based on patient care needs. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in similar positions within corporate Orlando. This includes the same grade level and occupational series, but may be used for a different service or location.
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- 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
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States.
- 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 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 restrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. AND (3) 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; (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.)
- 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.
- 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 Requirement: GS-11 Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist. GS-12 Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.
- 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.
Assignment. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders, and may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area. GS-13 Licensure. 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 experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.
Assignments. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed to practice independently in the provision of psychological services, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They may be assigned to any VHA program and setting, such as inpatient or outpatient medicine, primary care, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Compensation and Pension, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organization Development. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions. Psychologists consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/87, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standards.
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.
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.
Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 lbs.; Light carrying, under 15 lbs.; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, Standing; Both legs required; Hearing (aid permitted).
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What To Expect Next
Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Applicants will receive (up to) four status updates during the course of this recruitment action. They are:
- Receipt of application.
- Whether or not you meet the eligibility/qualification requirements for the position.
- Whether you were referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
- Final disposition on the recruitment action (e.g., was the position filled, re-announced, etc.).
We will also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $86,976.00 to $113,074.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0180-00/00
Promotion Potential: 13
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 451979900
Job Announcement Number: ZY-16-CC-1805035-BU