Indian Health Service Clinical Psychologist in Poplar, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Poplar, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (22 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/15/2016 (21 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information. OPEN UNTIL FILLED: The first certificate will be issued after 10/17/16. The second certificate will be issued after 10/31/16. The third certificate will be issued after 11/15/16.

This position can be filled by a Medical Officer (Psychiatry), Clinical Psychologist or Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric). This position is located within the Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, Fort Peck Service Unit, Poplar, MT. This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R3-BI-1611640-DE++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

  • Administer, score, interpret psychological tests of children, adolescents, and adults. Conduct psychological tests for differentiating between organic and functional causes of emotional disturbances and/or behaviors. Provide assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy utilizing a broad range of therapeutic techniques as indicated by the specific needs of adult and juvenile individuals and groups, and their families. Formulate patient treatment plans and treatment recommendations through contribution of psychological and personality assessments and diagnostic evaluations and knowledge of treatment modalities.

  • Prescribe medications for psychiatric and behavioral health conditions. Collaborate with Primary Care Providers in relationship to overall treatment plan for medical and behavioral health conditions. Participate in quality improvement activities, audits, chart reviews and plans for improving performance of the Clinical Psychologist Medication Prescribing Program.

  • Indirect Patient Care and Case Management as well as community/patient support Crisis management of patients including after hours on call consultation services on a rotating basis

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid primarily in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee. Employee will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one-year service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Selective factors are knowledge, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of a particular position. APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT MEET THE FOLLOWING SELECTIVE FACTOR ARE INELIGIBLE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION: A COPY OF THIS LICENSURE MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. Licensure - Must possess and maintain a valid, current, unrestricted license or certification in a State. Prescriptive Authority - Knowledge of medical and psychopharmacologic sciences leading to licensure as an independent psychological practitioner with prescriptive authority. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below: Clinical psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required. In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below: To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-14 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-13) level that included duties such as: Perform assessment and brief treatment for a wide range of psychological and behavioral health disorders using a variety of therapy modalities. Provide individual, group and family psychotherapy on an acute and situation-specific basis utilizing a wide range of treatment techniques. Provide evaluation and initial treatment in complex cases involving the probability of mental illness, neuropsychological, and behavioral aspects of chronic disease, development disability, and substance use and abuse disorders. Recognize and addresses psychological symptoms and conditions using the bio-psychosocial model. Work with primary care provider to monitor and manage "high-utilization", "at risk", and "chronic" patients/MP supports primary care provider decisions and recommendations by reinforcing/elaborating on provider-patient interventions. Provide effective triage of patients in need of referral to behavioral health clinic. Conduct in-depth evaluations and diagnosis of psychiatric needs of patients across the developmental spectrum; for example (formulating and implementing plan of care involving various treatment modalities, prescribing medications, and consulting with other health care providers and referrals. Provide psychological evaluation, crisis intervention, and suicide assessments in complex cases involving the probability of mental illness, neuro-psychological conditions, chronic disease, development disability, and substance use and abuse disorders. Serve as fact witness in civil cases involving diminished capacity and cases of civil commitment - including potentially dangerous clients involved in involuntary commitment proceedings. Ensure patient progress notes are written in a timely manner in order to provide adequate information for other health care providers. Provide consultation services for psychotropic medications. Provide indirect patient care through telephonic intervention, consultation with collateral resources, and referral to specialty services/external resources. consults with Behavioral Health staff, physicians, and nurses on the emergency psychiatric management of acute psychiatric patients, patients exhibiting significant suicide risks, victims of assault and family violence, and patients who are acutely intoxicated and/or belligerent. Provide telephone consultation to emergency room providers. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles

was issued for this announcement.

Loan Repayment Program (LRP):

The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have student loan repayment programs for qualifying health disciplines. This is a competitive process separate from the hiring process. Opportunities for LRP are based on agency hiring priorities and availability of funds. For additional information please visit:

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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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a one year service agreement will be required. Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities. The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service. Emergency on-call rotation, approximately one week out of every four to six weeks Comp time for any time worked outside normal tour of duty Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $99,785.00 to $129,723.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-14/14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; Schedule A, and/or PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 452312900

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-BI-1769965-ESEP/MP