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Psychologist

Summary This position is located at the Traverse City, Michigan Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), which is aligned under the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Responsibilities Duties of this position include but are not limited to: Providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy modalities Conducts interviews, uses rating scales, questionnaires or other measurement devices or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition Consulting with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues Based on data gathered during the assessment, plans an appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients Conceptualizes, develops and presents detailed treatment plans for full range of psychological services for a specialized unit or an entire location Program evaluation and/or research activities Administering a wide variety of individual psychological tests using a variety of intelligence and personality assessment measures Providing expert consultation to other units or organizations with regards to psychological care and treatment of patients Providing evaluative support to a large population of clients affiliated with the installation or for a particular client base Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Some evenings, weekends and/or holidays may be required. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. Education: Applicants for this position 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; OR have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed are-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization 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 retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; OR have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature AND 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; 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 for this position 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. Exception: Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the 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. Board Certification: Applicants for this position who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education. (Once board certified, psychologist must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted board certification to remain qualified for employment. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required board certification must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment.) English Language Proficiency 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 Requirements GS-12: Experience: Applicants for this position at GS-12 (developmental level) must have at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's): Applicants for this position at GS-12 (developmental level) must demonstrate all of the following KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities): (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); and (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. Grade Requirements (GS-13): Experience: Applicants for this position at GS-13 (full performance level) must have at least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's): Applicants for this position at GS-13 (full performance level) must demonstrate all of the following KSA's (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities): (1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, pr

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