The Psychologist provides Outpatient Mental Health services to
the Veteran population enrolled at the Massena, Watertown Community
Based Outpatient Clinic's and the Syracuse VA Medical Center.
Services include provision of high quality individual and group
therapy, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy,
coordination of care to other appropriate VA or community service
providers/agencies, as needed by the client.
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- The Clinician demonstrates an understanding of the range of
treatment and skills needed for all adult patients, being sensitive
to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns
of the Veteran, and be able to provide current and advanced
techniques to the treatment of this Veteran population.
- It is the responsibility of the Clinician, working within the
interdisciplinary treatment team, to share in the development of a
treatment plan with the Veteran based on the psychosocial
- The Clinician is responsible for obtaining/maintaining training
in Telemental Health and all other virtual modalities supported by
the VA and be able to offer this to Veterans when clinically
- The Clinician will act as an advocate when it serves the best
interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver. When
appropriate and feasible, the Clinician will educate and encourage
the Veteran to advocate on his/her own behalf, thus fostering a
sense of independence and empowerment.
- The Clinician provides education related to VA and community
resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will
refer Veterans and family members/significant others to the
appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health
- The Clinician will develop a psychosocial assessment of the
Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team,
the Veteran and family members/significant others.
- The Clinician is responsible for contributing to the
development of the treatment plan and setting achievable (SMART)
treatment goals with the Veteran, family members/significant
- The Clinician is responsible for using appropriate modality to
author treatment plans (MHS) in collaboration with other treating
providers within expected timeframes.
- The Clinician will collaborate with other service providers in
reassessing the Veteran's needs.
- The Clinician is responsible for educating the Veteran and
family members/significant others of the available services and
assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on
the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate
- The Clinician will review the progress notes from the other
providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of
Work Schedule: Part time
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.
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
Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in
addition, successfully completed 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 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.
Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a
regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily
psychological in nature.]
Internships: 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.
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;
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;
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.)
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.
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).
GS-13 Requirements (Staff Full Performance Level):
Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional
psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to
the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the
- 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.
Assignment. This is the full performance level for staff
psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed to
practice independently in the provision of psychological services,
consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They may be
assigned to any VHA program and setting, such as inpatient or
outpatient medicine, primary care, surgery, mental health,
neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Compensation and
Pension, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organization
Development. Psychologists 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. Among the
modalities provided are individual, family, and group
psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health
and community interventions. Psychologists 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
Physical Requirements: Work is performed in an office/clinic
setting with minimal risks that requires normal safety precautions;
the area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. However, the
work environment requires someone with the ability to handle
several tasks at once in sometimes stressful situations.
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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