Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist (Suicide Prevention Care Manager) in Topeka, Kansas
Summary This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Responsibilities The incumbent is a member of the Suicide Prevention Team located in Topeka, KS. This position can be filled by a Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, or Psychologist. The following is a list of the open announcements for this position. Interested candidates who are Current, Permanent Federal Employees Psychologist - CBSS-EA-11097471-21-MTL Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - CBSS-EA-11097593-21-MTL Senior Social Worker - CBSS-EA-11097520-21-MTL Interested candidates who are not Current, Permanent Federal Employees Psychologist - CBSS-EA-11097503-21-MTL Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - CBSS-EA-11097657-21-MTL Senior Social Worker - CBSS-EA-11097582-21-MTL The Suicide Prevention Care Manager is assigned to provide the full range of psychological services at the Eastern Kansas Health Care System (EKHCS) Topeka, Kansas location. This includes psychological assessment, evidence based individual and/or group psychotherapy (where applicable), psychoeducational intervention, and team consultation in the clinical management of Veteran/patient care. Major duties include: Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. Providing comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Developing, implementing, and documenting psychotherapeutic treatment plans for patients who require such treatment. Evaluating suicide risk and protective factors. Identifying veterans at High Risk for Suicide and placing, reviewing, and inactivating Category I Patient Record Flags - High Risk for Suicide. Tracking/coordinating care for veterans flagged as High Risk for Suicide. Tracking and reporting data related to treatment for veterans flagged as High Risk for Suicide, suicide attempts, preparatory behaviors, and deaths by suicide. Contacting family members of veterans who die by suicide. Engaging in suicide risk crisis intervention. Responding to consults placed by Veterans Crisis Line responders. Providing education to staff about suicide risk and protective factors, suicide risk screening and comprehensive suicide risk evaluation, gatekeeper training, safety planning, suicide behavior reporting, and general suicide prevention information. Providing education about suicide risk and protective factors to patients, family members, and significant others. Providing gatekeeper training to veterans in residential treatment programs. Consulting with staff in all parts of the hospital regarding identifying and treatment planning for high risk or potentially high risk veterans. Interacting with community partners, such as law enforcement or community hospitals to identify and ensure timely follow-up treatment for high risk veterans. Conducting community outreach and education regarding suicide risk and protective factors, gatekeeper training, and awareness of the Veterans Crisis Line. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: To qualify candidates must have successfully completed 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 --or-- Have successfully completed 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: 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. --or-- Have successfully completed a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship: Qualified candidates must have successfully completed 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-- Have successfully completed a 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-- 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-- 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-- 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. 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 appointment. Preferred Experience: Physical demands are typical of an office setting. There will be light lifting, under 15 pounds, Walking up to (2 hours), ability to read written material, Hearing (aid permitted). Grade Determinations: GS-11 (Entry Level) No additional requirements besides the basic requirements. GS-12 (Developmental Level) Possess at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). In addition, you must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies. 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 collaboration. GS-13 (Full Performance Level) Possess at least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the next GS-12 level.. In addition to this experience, you must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a full range of patient populations. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2018. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. 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: Physical demands are typical of an office setting. There will be light lifting, under 15 pounds, Walking up to (2 hours), ability to read written material, Hearing (aid permitted). Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.