Clinical Psychologist - Health Behavior Coordinator
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Internal Number: 666950100
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. Learn more 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: Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. Education Requirement - Must 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; OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a 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 you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship Requirement - Must 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, 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 - Applicants must 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. NOTE: At the GS-11 and GS-12 levels non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" 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). [All persons employed in VHA as a psychologist on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education (i.e., degree and internship requirements) and licensure/certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. For Staff Psychologist, GS-11 (entry Level): None beyond the basic requirements. For Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level): Applicant must have at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologist who are not licensed must practice under the supervisor of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. In addition to meeting experience listed above, your resume must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. 2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties). 5. 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. For Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance Level): Applicant must have at least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. In addition to meeting experience listed above, your resume must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. 2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. 3. Knowledge of clinical research literature. NOTE: Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties performed. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. Preferred Experience: Minimum 3 years experience as a licensed clinical psychologist. Experience working with Active Duty and Veterans. Experience working with MOVE!, Smoking Cessation and interdisciplinary teams Experience in Motivational Interviewing. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18 dated February 7, 2018 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, sitting, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities. There is ongoing exposure to individuals having psychiatric and physical illness and disabilities. These include violent or aggressive behavior and chronic psychiatric and medical problems. Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Hearing (aid permitted). ["Incumbent is a Clinical Psychologist assigned to the Mental Health Service Line. The psychologist spends at least a quarter of his/her time providing direct clinical services and the remaining time engaged with staff and leadership in activities related to the promotion of health and disease prevention of the Veteran population. Assessment and Evaluation: Administers, scores, and interprets psychological assessment instruments. Obtains and evaluates personal, educational, and vocational histories, reviews records of other services for pertinent data, and prepares evaluative reports.\nIndividual Psychotherapy: May plan, conduct, record, evaluate, and report on individual psychotherapy sessions.\nGroup Psychotherapy: May plan, conduct, record, evaluate and report on group psychotherapy sessions, as well as facilitate patient education meetings, milieu and ward therapy programs in addition to the professional processes.\nConsultation: May consult with other psychologists, consultants, professional staff, medical center management, or individuals and organizations in the community, usually relating to the status of or plans for patients, problems or procedures related to the operation of the clinical care setting area, and/or problems referred by other services.\nResearch: May review professional literature for research planning, hypothesis development, instrumentation, data analysis, and scientific reports.\nTraining: May plan and personally participate in station-wide training programs and in the training of psychologists and other personnel. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Effectively utilize motivational interviewing skills for the promotion of general health and to address health risk behaviors as part of disease prevention and chronic disease management. Provide consultation and training to Primary Care and Mental Health Service Line staff in the, enhancing, maintaining, and supporting health behavior programs for the promotion of health and prevention of disease and enhance patient self management of chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, HIV, Hepatitis, COPD) to prevent secondary complications and improve long-term outcomes and enhance quality of life. Develop programs in collaboration with Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Tobacco Use Cessation, and Patient Health Education staff members for teaching and/or improving the PCP's core behavioral health skills. Contributes to training of primary care teams and others in evidence-based methodologies to effectively communicate with, motivate, coach, and support patients in being aware of relevant health risks, assisting patients in clarifying personal goals for health promotion and disease prevention programs, and developing individualized patient self-management plans. Connecting Veterans to internal, and community resources that support health behavior change. Support implementation and coordination of one-on-one Health Coaching (HC) that includes, the development of new targeted self-management group offerings. Plan, develop, adapt, implement and assess efficacy of health behavior interventions for the promotion of general health and to address health risk behaviors as part of disease prevention and chronic disease management (e.g., weight loss and maintenance, tobacco use cessation, promoting patient self management interventions targeting issues such as increasing participation in regular exercise, healthy eating, sleep hygiene). Performs specialty health psychology assessment/intervention (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery, Spinal Cord Stimulator, MOVE! patients with particular behavioral issues, patients with unique or complex problems impacting their health promotion/disease prevention self-management plans). Responsible for clinician coaching which is the process of assisting clinicians to apply Veteran-centered communication skills (e.g., health education, health coaching, health behavior change counseling, shared decision-making and self management support skills) in their clinical interactions. This position requires close coordination with physicians, consulting- psychiatrists, social workers, and other psychologists, as well as other technical services for proper evaluation and treatment of patients. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Available for highly qualified applicants on an AD-HOC basis.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Remell.Wilson@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.