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Psychologist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1148848
Please Ensure That All Required Documents(DD-214, SF-50, etc.) Are Submitted With Your Application Package. Failure to Submit A Complete ApplicationPackage Will Result In Loss Of Consideration
Applicants Must Meet All QualificationsRequirements (Specialized Experience, Education, etc.) As Stated In This Announcement By The Closing Date To Receive Consideration For ThisPosition
Athens, Tennessee is a small, cozy town nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and within an hour drive to Chattanooga or Knoxville or 30 minutes to Cleveland, Tennessee. Athens still retains a certain amount of charm and southern hospitality which has been a part of its heritage through the years. This is seen in the downtown business area, with its quaint buildings and shops, when things were simpler and life was less hectic. Athens is home to Tennessee Wesleyan College, a private liberal arts college that awards baccalaureate and master''s degrees of business, fine arts, as well as nursing, and teacher certification, etc. Through these academic offerings the college has developed a close relationship with the area and produces a large number of local teachers, police officers, lawyers and local government officials.
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
The Psychologist is located in the Mental Health Care Line, Mental Health Section at the Athens, TN Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The incumbent reports to the Chief of CBOCs. Major duties of the position are:
Providing a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care
Performing evaluations for psych diagnosis, treatment planning and functional evaluations
Providing the full range of therapeutic interventions including individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, consultation, rehabilitation and psychoeducation
Consulting with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff Clinical psychologists maybe involved in program evaluation and/or research activities
Providing psychological consultation to Primary Care providers and interventions for primary care patients identified with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses (e.g. depression, anxiety disorders, and substance misuse), as well as psychological factors affecting their physical condition (e.g. sleep disturbances, treatment compliance, and pain management) in the setting of a Behavioral Health Laboratory model
Using the Behavioral Health Laboratory software program, structured diagnostic interviews, and appropriate psychological testing to provide quality care
Providing a full range of brief, solution focused therapeutic interventions to primary care patients not currently established with a mental health provider. Such interventions include cognitive and behavioral techniques, behavioral interventions, supportive therapy, and, when appropriate, insight-oriented therapy
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may 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.
Education. A doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed; _AND_ have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) 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 Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.
Licensure. Hold a full ,current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico),or the District of Columbia.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
In addition to the basic requirements, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques 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, Part II, Appendix G18
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
Veterans'' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will 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.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
The following documents are required:
R sum : Please make sure your resume includes where you worked, the beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week (If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours worked per week).
Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty (DD-214): Applicants who are either former or current members of the Armed Services must provide a copy of your DD-214. Please provide the copy which shows your Character of Service (General, Honorable, etc.).
Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50): Applicants who are either former or current Federal Employee's must provide a copy of your SF-50 which shows Position Occupied (Competitive or Excepted service), Tenure (Career or Career-Conditional Appointment), Pay Plan, Occupational Series, Grade/Level, Total Salary, etc. (See checklist for details)
Professional License : Applicants must provide a copy of their current and valid professional license.
Veteran Disability Preference: Applicants claiming 10-point preference must provide a copy of the Military or Department of Veterans Affairs documentation granting the Service-Connected Disability and percentage
Occupational Questionnaire.
College Transcript: Applicants must provide the college transcript which shows that a degree was conferred and date; or the number of semester hours completed.
Please use this checklist__to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1148848.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.__
View Occupational Questionnaire
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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