Staff Psychologist - Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP)
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: May 3, 2021
The incumbent serves as staff psychologist in the Mental Health
Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program
(MHRRTP) in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary outpatient
program. The program is directed toward assisting Veterans with
co-morbid substance use disorders, mental illness, homelessness and
vocational rehabilitation. The MHRRTP uses a comprehensive
multidisciplinary approach to assess Veterans' individual needs,
and coordinate appropriate services.
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Duties of the position include but are not limited to:
- Provides clinical supervision and/or consultation to various
disciplines and levels of training.
- Involved in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee
(licensed psychologists only).
- Provides leadership guidance and consultation to facility staff
- Is involved in the training of pre-doctoral psychology interns,
medical and PA students, social work and LPC interns, and other
practicum students and trainees, as appropriate (licensed
- Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and
trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological
characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding
- Oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome
measurements within programs assigned using a data-driven quality
- Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting
and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare
- May assist in preparation of RFP's and grant proposals, as
- Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN and/or
National VA committees or task forces.
- Represents psychology on decision-making committees at the
Medical Center or Healthcare System.
- Actively participates in leadership roles on local, state and
national professional organizations.
- Represents the Medical Center or Healthcare System at
professional/program community group/events and committees, as
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not require.
- Clinical Psychologists
- Psychologists, Clinical
- Psychologists, School
- Psychologists, Vocational
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
- Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
- 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. [Exception: Non-licensed applicants who
otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a
temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or
GS-12 grade under 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B) not to exceed 2 years
from date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist
provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is
- Education. Applicant 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 applicants are 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; OR Have a doctoral
degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully
complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an
approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization
program) meeting both of the following conditions:
The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a
CPA accredited doctoral program; and
- The specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be
consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be
- Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a
regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily
psychological in nature.
- Internships. Applicants 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 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.
Grade Determinations:GS-11 Experience: None beyond the basic
requirements listed above.GS-12 Experience: Applicants must have at
least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist
equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). In addition, the
candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional
psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of
- Ability to design and implement effective treatment
- 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
GS-13 Experience: Applicants must have at least 2 years of
experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year
equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition to the experience above,
the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological
treatments to the full range of patient populations.
- Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in
areas related to professional psychology and behavioral
- Knowledge of clinical research literature.
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18,
Psychologist Qualification Standard GS-180 Veterans Health
Physical Requirements: The work requires the Staff Psychologist
to be independently mobile throughout the medical center as needed.
Significant time is spent reading (charts, reports, etc.),
documenting in the computerized patient record, and verbally
communicating with patients, colleagues, supervisors and/or
community partners. Some standing, walking, bending, pushing, and
lifting (moderately heavy) may be involved. S/he should be capable
of prolonged movement and be physically capable of reading patient
records/reports, documenting all clinical encounters in the patient
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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