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. 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 (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. 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. OR(2) 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:(a) The re-specialization 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 re-specialization 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 are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.]OR(3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.]AND(4) Internships(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. OR (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; OR(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; OR (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.)[OR(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 NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard. c. Licensure. 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.(2) Loss of Credential. A psychologist who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists.(1) 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.(2) Loss of Credential. 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. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation if qualified and if a placement opportunity exists.f. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.g. 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.Grade Determinations Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 (a) Experience. At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. 2. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. 3. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. 4. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. 5. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. 6. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. 7. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. Assignment: Psychologist program managers have broad program management responsibilities for a specific program or programs that are designed to deliver specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important program components of the facility and that significantly impact the health care provided to Veterans. References: Appendix G18. Psychologist Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to exercise a high degree of emotional and mental discipline at all times in order to continue to carry out duties effectively. This is especially necessary during time periods when the incumbent encounters significant or extreme duress as a result of interactions with patients. ["This functional statement for Psychology Program Manager - Peer Support Program (PSP) is assigned to the Psychology Section under Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences of the Salisbury VA Health Care System (SVAHCS). Incumbent has specialized knowledge and expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of general mental health disorders/conditions and will have direct oversight of the Peer Support Program (PSP) services located across the SVAHCS, to include Salisbury VA Medical Center (SBYVAMC), Kernersville Health Care Center (KHCC), Charlotte Health Care Center (CHCC), and/or Charlotte Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CCBOC)The list below is not all inclusive of the duties the incumbent may perform Program Administrative/Coordination and Supervisory Responsibilities Responsible for program management of all PSP Services at the respective locations. Peer Specialists function on interdisciplinary teams across the SVAHCS. Peer Specialists are located on BHIP Teams at SBYVAMC, Charlotte HCC, and Kernersville HCC. Peer Specialists are also located on interdisciplinary teams across the facility, such as in SARRTP, PTSD RRTP, SUD/PCMHI, PRRC, HCHV and HUD/VASH Programs. Interdisciplinary teams vary by specialty but are often composed of Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Peer Specialists, and administrative support. Has program management responsibilities over PSP workforce at the Medical Center. Liaisons with national and VISN-level Peer Support resources to ensure local PSP is in full compliance with relevant directives. Has direct administrative supervision of Lead Peer Specialist and all Peer Specialists. Serves as administrative supervisor to MH&BS Peer Specialists, including Peer Support Apprentice and Lead Peer Specialist. Assumes responsibility for disciplinary actions and labor management issues with respect to the PSP workforce, and liaisons with Human Resources as needed. Assists with the recruitment, interviewing, and onboarding of new Peer Specialists. Meets regularly to guide and assist Lead Peer Specialist in development of role and mentorship and training of Peer Specialists. Completes the Mid-Year and Annual Performance Evaluations for assigned staff. Completes OPPE's, FPPE's and Performance Appraisals for new and existing staff as needed. Approves leave requests, reviews activity level to ensure that PSs are contributing appropriately and meaningfully as determined by the profession while considering individual aspects and demands of unique assignments/clinic locations. Develops and oversees pertinence review process in coordination with Lead Peer Specialist. Provides clinical supervisory coverage during transitions and when providers are on leave, especially for more junior peers who require more oversight. Clinical Responsibilities Provides a range of psychological diagnostic services for patients enrolled in a BHIP. Performs psychological evaluations for individuals with mental health and medical disorders for purposes of diagnostic clarification and treatment planning recommendations. These evaluations employ a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, as well as objective, and cognitive tests when indicated. Provides a range of psychological therapeutic interventions utilizing empirically supported modalities when indicated. Consults with and serves as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in SVAHCS. Academic/Teaching/Research May be asked to serve as a clinical supervisor for psychology pre-doctoral interns, postdoc fellows, and doctoral level practicum students in psychology and other disciplines. May be asked to prepare and teach seminars/workshops for SVAHCS trainees/staff on topics within interest/competency areas. May be asked to serve as a member of the SVAHCS Psychology Training Committee. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00AM-4:30PM Eastern Standard Time Compressed/Flexible: May be available Telework: May be available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified candidate EDRP Authorized: Contact James.GrimmIII@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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