The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is a large medical center with two divisions. This position will be based at the Green Tree Annex in Pittsburgh and will work as part of the Regional TeleMental Health (TMH) Hub. The Regional TMH Hub provides mental health care to veterans in rural and underserved areas throughout several VISNs. The selectee will conduct all patient visits via Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT).
~ Conduct diagnostic evaluations and provide evidence-based psychotherapy via Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT). The physical location of this position is Green Tree Annex; however, remote/virtual may be considered for highly-qualified candidates. Services will be provided to enrolled Veterans in varying locations.
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
Provide are individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions
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
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.; however, may change, depending on the needs of the service/facility, i.e. may require some evening tours of duty and/or tours of duty other than 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Telework/Virtual: Eligible for highly-qualified candidate; will be discussed upon selection.
Fi nancial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Job family (Series)
Human Resources Psychologists
Psychologists, All Other
Psychologists, Human Resources
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 12/31/1959
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 onboarding process
VA Qualification Standard - Psychologist
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
(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).
(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 retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard (June 6, 2016) are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.
(3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
(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.
(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;
(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.)
(e) 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.
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.
Board Certification: Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA 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.
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.
GS-13 Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level) - At least two (2) years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate KSAs as per Occupational Questionnaire, or see full VA Psychologist Qualification Standard.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, VA Psychologist Qualification Standard, Appendix G18. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
Preferred Experience: Minimum of one year experience providing patient care via the Clinical Video Telehealth modality.
Physical Requirements: Work is primarily sedentary, but requires use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 4 hours); sitting (up to 8 hours); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); light lifting (under 15 pounds); mental and emotional stability.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) - This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). If selected for this position, you are encouraged to apply for this award program. You must meet specific individual eligibility criteria, in accordance with VA Policy 1021. The award amount is determined after review of a complete EDRP application, supporting documentation, and final approval by the Under Secretary for Health or designated official. Please contact Lauren O'Brien, EDRP Coordinator, for additional information at (412) 822-3493.
Successful completion of a one year probationary period may be required.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
**PLEASE BE CERTAIN TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS UNDER THE PROPER "DOCUMENT TYPE". Note - Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA Form 10-2850c), Malpractice Information, Copy of Completion Certificate/Document of Accredited Internship, Copy of Board Certification (if internship was not accredited), Copy of Current Licensure, and Foreign Education Evaluation Certificate are all document type "Other".
To apply for this position, you MUST provide a complete application package which includes:
1. Properly completed, signed, and currently dated (within one month of submission to vacancy announcement) VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations. Link to application - https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf . Please read ALL instructions and complete the application in its entirety. If "yes" answers provided to questions 28 through 37 on page 3 of the application, explanation(s) must be given via a separate document. (Required of ALL applicants.)
2. Copy of final disposition(s)/outcome(s) on any and all malpractice issues/cases - IF any. (Required of ALL applicants IF applicable.)
3. Detailed CV, to include "from" and "to" month(s) and year(s) for dates of employment. Please Note: If part-time work, please provide average hours per week worked. (Required of ALL applicants.)
4. Copy of transcript(s) pertaining to education as required for this position (please see the "Qualifications" section of this announcement). Please Note: Transcript(s) may be unofficial; however, MUST show your name, the name of the institution, the degree conferred, and the date the degree was conferred. (Required of ALL applicants.)
5. Copy of Certificate/Document that notes completion of APA or CPA Accredited Internship. (Required of ALL applicants IF internship was accredited.)
6. Copy of Board Certification - IF internship was not accredited. (Required of applicants possessing board certification.)
7. Copy of Current Licensure. (Required of ALL applicants.)
8. Copy of credentials evaluation from a member organization of one of the two national associations of credential evaluation services, i.e., National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) - IF foreign medical graduate. (Required of applicants who received foreign education.)
9. Copy of most recent SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your status - IF current or former Federal civilian employee. Please Note: Award SF 50s are not acceptable. (Required of ALL applicants IF current or former Federal civilian employee.)
10. Copy of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - IF prior military. Copy MUST show character of discharge. (Required of applicants who have served in the military.)
11. Copy of a dated letter from a VA Regional office that shows the percentage of disability - IF prior military and you have a service-connected disability. . (Required of applicants who have served in the military and have a service-connected disability.)
12. Properly completed OPM's Standard Form 15, Application for 10 Point Preference - IF prior military and you have a service-connected disability. Link to form - http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf . (Required of applicants who have served in the military and have a service-connected disability.)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5 pt (TP), 10 pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214 (s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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