The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the Veterans
Intensive PTSD program at the American Lake Division(s) of the VA
Puget Sound Health Care System. The VIP program is an 18 bed
residential PTSD program designed to serve Veterans with any form
of trauma. The psychologist's primary duties involve providing
psychological assessment, treatment, and treatment plan development
of Veterans with a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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Graduate Psychologists are unlicensed and permitted to provide
care only under the direct supervision of a licensed Psychologist
as outlined in their respective Scope of Practice. Graduate
Psychologists may obtain supervised privileges to practice in a
given specialty area to include (but not be limited to)
Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical
Geropsychology, and/or Clinical Health Psychology.
Licensed psychologists obtain clinical privileges to practice
general psychological procedures expected of all psychologists.
They may also be granted specialty area clinical privileges to
include (but not be limited to) Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical
Neuropsychology, Clinical Geropsychology, and/or Clinical Health
Psychology. A degreed but unlicensed psychologist works under close
supervision of a licensed psychologist with clinical privileges,
covered by a Scope of Practice document.
- Provides psychological assessment and diagnostic services for
Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care.
- Demonstrate expertise in using contemporary interview and
psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or
behavioral health conditions.
- Provide education to patients and family members regarding
mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment.
- Provide evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as
indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties
of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and
group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
- Provide consultation to health care providers about assessment
findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is
coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical
- Develop, implement, and document the mental health treatment
plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and
appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the
- Adhere to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices
for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk
assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous
behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access
standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS
- At the GS-13 level, psychologists are fully licensed and
function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff
with full clinical privileges. Psychologists at this grade
additionally assume independent professional responsibility for
their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and
- Engage in ongoing collaboration with the Primary Care teams on
recommended interventions and treatment strategies; Provide
clinical care via virtual modalities (e.g., clinical video
teleconference, telephone, secure messaging).
- Assists the Program Manager in the design, development, and
implementation of clinical assessment and/or intervention
- Adhere to operational policies and procedures for the treatment
team, established by the affiliated Program Manager, Program
Director, and/or Service Line Leader.
- Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the
execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality
improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical
- Facilitate liaisons with other health care programs in order to
effectively coordinate services.
- Comply with national and local performance measures and
facilitate organizational success on these measures at the team
- Comply with all Facility and Service Line policies and
expectations concerning administrative practices, including but not
limited to leave authorization, responding to Suspense items, and
completing TMS educational requirements.
- Attend and participate in administrative and informational
meetings held by the Psychology Chief/Deputy Chief, Service Line
Leader (or designee), Chief of Staff, and/or Facility
- Attend monthly Psychology Service Staff Meetings; Psychology
Training Faculty Meetings; and participate in the Psychology
Service biannual competency review process (OPPE and FPPE),
periodically serving on the Psychology Service Clinical Pertinence
- Maintain current knowledge of, and practices in accordance
with, Joint Commission requirements.
- Protect printed and electronic files containing sensitive data
in accordance with provisions of Federal privacy acts and
confidentiality statutes. Follow regulations and instructions
regarding release of sensitive or protected patient or employee
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 4:30pm.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
- Clinical Psychologists
- Psychologists, All Other
- Psychologists, Clinical
- Psychologists, School
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
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
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.
(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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
- 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 the
authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 [(c)(2)(B)] 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
GS-11: Staff Psychologist (Entry Level) - None beyond the basic
GS-12: Staff Psychologist (Developmental Level)
Experience. At least 1 year of experience as a professional
psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11).
Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the
supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense
supervision than at the GS-11 grade level.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to
the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following
- 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: Staff Psychologist (Full Performance Level)
Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional
psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12
Licensure: 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
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to
the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following
- 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.
Preferred Experience: PE or CPT training preferred.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18.
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.
Physical Requirements: This position is mostly sedentary. The
work requires the use of a computer and office productivity
software. You must be able to communicate clearly with patients and
be able to work closely with others, as well as, working alone.
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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