Company Name:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Location:

Shakopee, Minnesota

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Clinical Psychology

Work Setting:

Clinic

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

Internship

Required Education:

PsyD

Date Posted:

August 9, 2019

Mental Health Psychologist

This full permanent Psychologist is part of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System in the Mental Health Service Line providing services to the Shakopee Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE may be approved for highly qualified candidates.


This position is graded from an entry level psychologist GS-11 to a full performance psychologist GS-13. The salary range for these grades are $66,718 to $123,617.


The psychologist will provide diagnostic interviews, assessments, specialty psychotherapy, and treatment coordination as well short-term interventions through co-located care for adult patients with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, and a range of general mental health issues who are being followed on Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT). The position may include providing mental health services as noted above in additional Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) at the CBOC location or by telehealth. Additional responsibilities may include multidisciplinary consultation and participation in the psychology practicum student, intern and postdoctoral resident training programs (i.e., teaching seminars and supervising practicum students, interns and postdoctoral residents).

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing a full range of psycho-diagnostic services that are integrated within a primary care setting including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
  • Performing evaluations for patients with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, and a range of general mental health issues that are integrated on Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) Teams.
  • Providing a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual, couple/family, and group psychotherapy; psycho-educational groups (i.e. anger management, coping skills); treatment coordination and psychological assessment and cognitive screening.
  • Using evidence based interventions.
  • Consulting with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.

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) 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.OR(2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions:(a) the respecialization 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 respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.OR(3)Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
  • Internship: (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.
  • 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.(1) 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 appointment.
  • 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.

Please apply through USA jobs @ https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/542143300. If any questions, please contact Adam Hunter @ Adam.Hunter3@va.gov or (612) 713-7523

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