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MHRRTP Therapist (Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor)

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Dublin, GA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024


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.

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  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    05/08/2024 to 09/30/2024

  • Salary

    $113,438 - $147,474 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 13

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    1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Remote job


  • Telework eligible


  • Travel Required

    Not required

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0180 Psychology

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance


  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

  • Trust determination process



  • Announcement number


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Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.
Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.
Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic Interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.
Provides consultation to professional staff within Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (CWAMC) and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.
Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, Including prompt completion of clinical reminders.
Functions Independently as a member of the 0/VAMC Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges.
Assumes complete professional responsibility for hi/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.
Assists the program director or coordinator In the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.
Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Service Line Director.
Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and
data-driven quality Improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. 4. Facilities liaisons with other health care programs In order to effectively coordinate services.
S. 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 held by the Service Line Director (or designee) and facility Director.
Other, Teaching and Training responsibilities.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telework: Not Available.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: F557365
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for eligible candidates.
EDRP Authorized: Former EDRP participants ineligible to apply for incentive.Contact ???????lena.gowder@va.gov or tran.brunsberg@va.govContact, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.
  • 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.
    NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the
    Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully
    met the requirements of this qualification standard.]


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
    (1) Have 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. 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. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology,
    counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR
  • (2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization 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.
    (4) Internships
    (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.
    (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;
    (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;
    (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.)
    (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 c. 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) Board Certification. Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an
    internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be 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. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must
    abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education.
    e. Grandfathering Provision. [All persons employed in VHA as a psychologist on the effective
    date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title,
    series and grade held, including positive education (i.e., degree and internship requirements) and
    licensure/certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation.
  • (1) Employees grandfathered under this provision for this revision may be reassigned, promoted up to
    and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions or beyond
    the assignment currently held for those being grandfathered to assignments above FPL.]
    [NOTE: If psychologists who are grandfathered under this provision leave the occupation, the
    employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect
    at the time of reentry to the occupation.]
    f. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
    g. 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.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations: Staff Psychologist, GS-13 (Full Performance, Level)
(a) Experience. At least two years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one
year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the
candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments 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.
(c) 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 and supervisors as appropriate. They may be assigned to any VHA program and
setting, such as inpatient or outpatient medicine, primary care, surgery, mental health, neurology,
rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Compensation and Pension, Vet Centers, and the VHA National
Center for Organization Development. Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological
or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide
adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are
individual, family, and group psychotherapies and other interventions such as behavioral health and
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, and research

References: VA Handbook 5005-103, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-0180, VHA.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is 13.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, resume, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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

The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.

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

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.


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • Application Documentation
  • Other (2)
  • PCS Orders
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/30/2024 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12411140.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
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Agency contact information

Manuel Argumedo
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center
1826 Veterans Boulevard
Dublin, GA 31021
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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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 USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

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