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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Psychologist in Grand Junction, Colorado


This position is a staff psychologist appointment located in the Mental Health Service of the VA Western Colorado Health Care System (VA WCHCS) The incumbent is assigned to the Mental Health Service line in General Mental Health and may provide additional coverage for Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) and/or for the Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Education Dept Reduction Program is approved and Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly Qualified applicants


If you ARE a current Federal employee, please apply under announcement CBSU-10900437-20-TS The following clinical activities are expected in the assignment for Psychologist's - Psychologist provides functional assessment, triage, brief intervention, education and consultative services regarding a wide range of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns, on referral from primary care providers and allied PACT members.

  • Applies principals of population based care (defines role and identifies problems rapidly)

  • Uses brief assessments routinely (e.g., PHQ-9, PCL, AUDIT C, etc)

  • Initial consultation appointment are based on functional assessments and treatment focuses on functional outcomes

  • Maintains daily open access slots: Next available "scheduled" appointment is within two weeks

  • Provides brief mental health and behavioral interventions (e.g., 1-6 sessions for broad range of concerns)

  • Uses time-limited, evidence based, interventions that are simple and concrete

  • Uses self-management/home-based practice interventions

  • Uses intermittent visit strategy and flexible patient contact strategies

  • Triages appropriately and efficiently to specialty mental health services

  • Provide behavioral medicine interventions, including but not limited to, Tobacco cessation Alcohol misuse Weight management Coping with chronic illness Pain management Stress management Sleep hygiene Relaxation training Diabetes management Treatment adherence Other interventions will be provided as clinically appropriate, based on patient need. - Utilizes evidence based behavioral interventions, including but not limited to: Motivational interviewing Cognitive restructuring Behavioral activation Mindfulness training Additional cognitive-behavioral strategies as appropriate - Independently provides psychological assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the clinic setting.

  • Ensures biopsychosocial assessments, appropriate treatment plans, and other clinical documentation are completed timely

  • Provides education to both Veterans and family members regarding relevant mental health concerns

  • Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for Veterans to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the WCHCS

  • Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of Veterans

  • Ensures adherence to facility and national risk management policies for assessment, management, consultation and documentation related to suicide/homicide risk.

  • Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including timely completion of prescribed templates for documenting results of assessment, treatment, and risk evaluation contacts

  • Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to suicide risk reduction practices, timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions

  • Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line.

  • At the GS-13 level, Psychologists are fully licensed and function independently as a member of the WCHCS Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Psychologists at this grade additionally assume complete professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, care decisions, and documentation

  • Ensures continuing professional development through attending trainings, regularly reviewing the literature to improve clinical competencies, and meeting professional continuing education requirements to maintain competence and licensure and full clinical privileges as a of the WCHCS VA Staff with full clinical privileges as a Licensed Independent Provider

  • The incumbent also serves as part of the On Call Team, providing coverage to the Emergency Department, facilitating admission to the mental health inpatient unit and conducting daily treatment rounds on the inpatient unit during non-business hours (weekends, nights and holidays) Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days after the closing date (10/05/2020) of this announcement. Basic Requirements:U.S. citizenship: Must be a citizen of U.S. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System, or the Canadian Psychological Association 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. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills.

Or, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: (a) The re-specialization 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. Or, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. Internship: 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, 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. 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. 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. ยง 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: Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the Basic Requirements, candidates must meet requirements for each grade level applied for as outlined below. For GS-11 Experience. None beyond basic requirements. For GS-12 Experience. At least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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. For GS-13 Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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 health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.


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: 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:

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.