Psychology Program Manager (Local Recovery Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Internal Number: 713126200
The position serves as the Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC)/Psychologist for VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS). The LRC serves all Behavioral Health programs in facilitating implementation of recovery-oriented services, which includes education of providers, veterans and their families on new recovery models of Behavioral Health care. 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. 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). 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: (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 Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND 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. 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. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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 Determinations: Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 Experience: At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II Appendix G18 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. http://www.va.gov/vapubs/ ["Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, tour of duty to be established upon selection Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified candidates Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required LRC serves as the Early Psychosis Intervention Coordination (EPIC) clinical care team point of contact, and will also provide recovery focused training to psychology interns/trainees, post-doctoral fellows, nursing students, social work students, psychiatry residents, and/or medical students as requested, and provide clinical supervision to psychology trainees as requested. The incumbent assumes responsibility for evaluating recovery model implementation efforts at the facility and VISN, if requested, and for ensuring adherence to policies and procedures from the National Recovery Advisory Council and National Recovery Coordinator with regards to recovery model fidelity in local programs. LRC will report to the Chief of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PSR&R) Services. Duties of the position include, but are not limited to: Serves as a Recovery Liaison to the service, to the overall facility, and to VA leadership councils or committees as appropriate. Coordinate recovery activities across Behavioral Health programs, as well as, in other areas as needed. Function as a leader, champion and advocate for recovery models of intervention, especially with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and also serves as a resource to program managers and staff on implementation of recovery-oriented services. Responsible for the development, coordination, and clinical oversight, as the facility SME on peer support operations, for all peer support trainings within Behavioral Health Service and in collaboration with other programs/services where peer support providers are assigned. Work collaboratively on obtaining approval for continuing education credit through appropriate certifying bodies. Serves as consultant/staff liaison to the Veterans MH Advocacy Council and the Vet-to-Vet Facilitators Program. Oversees the Early Psychosis Intervention Coordination (EPIC) clinical care team and consultation process. Participates actively in Performance Improvement (PI) activities, including taking lead on SMI related SAIL measures as assigned. Participates in local, VISN, and national committees/community networking activities as requested by BHS or facility leadership. Completes and submits to VISN/VACO a strategic plan to direct recovery transformation at the local facility. The LRC must review and update the plan, at minimum, every 3 years with mental health leadership to continually improve the local recovery transformation. Meets monthly via conference call with other VISN Local Recovery Coordinators to establish a VISN level response to recovery programs issues and implementation of VACO policies and procedures related to recovery. Serves as the primary lead in coordinating and facilitating the annual Mental Health Summit as required by the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP). Participates actively in all VA medical facility workgroups addressing inpatient mental health units, environment of care, and transformation to ensure recovery-oriented practices. Participates in National Local Recovery Coordinator calls and serves on at least one National LRC Work Group. Provides case consultation on complex cases, serves as an expert resource and consults with medical center staff on a wide range of patient care issues, including development or evaluation of recovery model intervention programs. Reviews and processes EPIC clinical care team consults for coordinated specialty care. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the patient and the specific presenting mental or behavioral health issues. Actively collaborates with interdisciplinary treatment team members, the Veteran, the Veteran's family members and significant others as appropriate to work with Veterans in furthering their recovery process. Provides clinical supervision to peer specialists and peer support apprentices as assigned. Involved in the Psychology training programs, the training of social work interns, psychiatry residents, medical students, and nursing students, as appropriate. Presents outcome data/research results at VA and national scientific meetings as appropriate. Other duties as assigned by management."]
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