Veteran Health Administration Clinical Psychologist (PC-BH) in Waco, Texas

Announcement Number: AG3816633-Fhe-1795723-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Waco, TX

Open Period: 2016-09-09 to 2016-09-28

OverviewWho May Apply

United States Citizens

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1795723

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Job Summary

As a professional at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The Department of Veterans Affairs - Central Texas Health Care System is located in Temple, Texas, which is centrally located between Austin and Dallas. It is one of the VA's largest integrated health care systems with facilities in Austin, Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, Bryan-College Station and Waco. No State Income Tax.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Eligibility to apply for the EDRP is based on position eligibility, qualifying student loan debt, and availability of funds. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

This posting is posted for external candidates (US Citizens). Current Permanent CTVHCS Employee, Current Permanent VA Employee (nation-wide), Current Permanent Federal Employees and Current Associated Health Trainees, please refer to announcement # AG3816633-Fhe-1795669.

A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be Authorized.

Key Requirements

  • 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.

DutiesMajor Duties

Bargaining Unit Position.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Some evening, & weekends may be required.

Functional Statement Title/#: Psychologist/000000

The staff psychologist holds a state license to practice psychology and has at least one year pre-doctoral work experience and two years postdoctoral work experience as a psychologist in the VHA or a comparable professional setting. The psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. S/he has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision. However, some psychologists functioning at this level also have research obligations, are associated with a university faculty appointment, are assigned program coordination responsibilities, and collateral administrative/managerial duties

The incumbent is assigned to PCBH within the Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine Service. This psychologist must be able to demonstrate ability to serve as a responsible member of the PCBH team and interact in an appropriate manner with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel involved in the delivery of patient care. S/he must also incorporate acceptable, established customer service standards into practice. This Psychologist provides direct patient care services and does not have collateral research obligations or supervisory responsibilities of staff.

·Participates as a member of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) providing a full range of psychological services to veterans with physical and mental health problems. Direct patient care service are typically evidenced-based (i.e., motivation enhancement) and relatively brief in duration.

·Provides individual psychotherapy to veterans with complex mental health problems, especially as regards to adaptation and rehabilitation.

·Provides couples, family and/or group psychotherapy promoting healthy adaptation.

·Administers/scores or evaluates psycho diagnostic tests, including neuropsychological screening.

·Contributes to the gathering of assessment information and the development of a detailed treatment plan for veterans.

·Participates as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed.

·Serves as an advisor, consultant and/or resource person to the staff within the medical center.

·Maintains appropriate records and follow-up data on patients who are their responsibility.

·Serves as a member of the planning group for evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment program and modifying it to better serve the needs of the patient.

·Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

·Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

·Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings as held by CTVHCS and MH&BM management.

·Attends regular Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, MH&BM staff meetings and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures.

·Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns as assigned.

·Provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) duties, as assigned.

·Conducts Compensation and Pension (C&P) Examinations, as assigned.

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • US citizenship Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy

  • English Language Proficiency must be proficient in spoken & written English

  • Education doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the APA, the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in this specialty is not eligible for appointment OR doctoral degree in any area of psychology & successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program;& the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.

  • Internship successful completion a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed & that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed;OR 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 & the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern;OR 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;ORApplicants 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.

  • Licensure full, current, 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. Nonlicensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS11 or GS12 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.

Grandfathering Provision Psychologists previously grandfathered upon conversion to hybrid status effective 3/17/06, continue to be subject to the grandfathering provisions in effect on that date but no additional employees are subject to grandfathering as a result of this revised qualification standard.

If psychologists who are grandfathered under this provision leave the occupation, the employee loses protected status & must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

Experience refers to paid & unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) & other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge,& skills & can provide valuable training & experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations: Grade & salaries will be determined by the Professional Standard Board (PSB). Must meet requirements by 09/07/16.


Experience None beyond the basic requirements.

Assignment Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders,& may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area. Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.


Experience At least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS11 grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of & ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

  2. Ability to design & implement effective treatment strategies.

  3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

  4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing & implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).

  5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship & research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance,& collaboration.

Assignment Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders,& may conduct research. They may be assigned to any program area.


Experience At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS12 level.

Licensure Hold a full, current,& unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of,& ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations.

  2. Ability to provide professional advice & consultation in areas related to professional psychology & behavioral health.

  3. 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 & supervisors as appropriate. They may be assigned to any VHA program & setting, such as inpatient or outpatient medicine, primary care, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Compensation & Pension, Vet Centers,& the VHA National Center for Organization Development. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities,& provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family,& group psychotherapies & other interventions such as behavioral health & 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,& research activities.

References: VA Handbook 5005/87, VA Qualification Standards dated June 6, 2016. This can be found in the local HR Office.


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: 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: No special physical demands are required for this position. Employee frequently carry light items such paper files, records, etc. The work is primary performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing.



Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

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, September 28, 2016 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.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Other (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations, Proof of current certification, licensure or registration, Copy of Psychology Internship Certificate of Completion) ·Resume ·Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). (Available at the VA Forms Website:

Please use this checklistto 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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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 1795723.

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.

What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification pointscan be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.