Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Psychologist - Suicide Prevention Coordinator in Montrose, New York
Summary This position is located in the Mental Health Care Line, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System - Montrose location. The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System offers a full range of acute and chronic care services for veterans residing in six adjacent counties, including, Dutchess, Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan serving over 400,000 Veterans. Responsibilities Program Administration: Provides administrative and clinical oversight (as appropriate) for all program staff; provides leadership and cultivates a healthy and collaborative workplace for assigned staff, and also fosters ongoing growth and development for staff; Oversee program operations and evaluations, identifying areas for improvement, gathering relevant data, assessing the data, developing and implementing ideas for improvement and evaluating efficacy of improvement efforts. Consultation: Serving as facility subject matter expert (SME) and point of contact (POC) for matters related to suicide, including prevention, intervention, postvention efforts, education and outreach, and suicide behavior and death reporting; Providing general consultation to healthcare providers on available resources for suicidal individuals, as well as expertise and direction in the areas of system design to prevent deaths by suicide within the VA HVHCS catchment area; collaborating with other SPCs and VA at-large to share best practices through multiple touch points; accurately documenting services rendered to improve the SPP overall; Serving on committees and workgroups as assigned at the local, regional, and/or national level related to suicide prevention and patient safety. Policies & Compliance: Implements, monitors and tracks all applicable guidelines consisting of organizational vision, mission, and goals; established program policies, procedures, and objectives; clinical pathways, and national suicide prevention standards of care, performance, conduct, and ethical behavior, to guide intervention, choices and professional conduct. Incumbent maintains a high level of knowledge of local practices, current rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidance provided from VHA, JCAHO, policies and procedures and current medical literature or has an awareness of how to access this information. ensures adherence to policies and standards in an effective and timely manner. Collaborates on, develops, revises and enforces policies related to national and local suicide prevention efforts. Tracking and Reporting: Ensuring tracking and reporting mechanisms are implemented for all suicidal behaviors occurring within facility catchment areas; managing the Patient Record Flag Category 1 - High Risk for Suicide (HRS-PRF) process for all Veterans determined to be at a high risk for suicide; reviewing the nature of care provided using a variety of tracking and reporting tools; Completes Issue Briefs and other reports related to self-directed violence; Provides analysis and evaluation of clinical program and other data to identify system-wide trends and needs to enhance the quality of service. Enhanced Care Delivery: Ensuring that enhanced care and services, including intensified treatment, safety planning, and follow-up care for missed appointments, are provided for high-risk Veterans, while making sure that those who are at elevated risk receive education and support about approaches to reduce risks; providing consultation to care providers actively involved with treating Veterans at elevated risk for suicide, and initiating problem-solving decisions about possible tensions or difficulties in patients' ongoing care Outreach and Awareness: Collaborating with community organizations and partners to increase awareness of suicide prevention best practices and providing training to individuals who have contact with Veterans. Participating in suicide prevention outreach activities by distributing promotional materials, engaging with stakeholders at event awareness tables, and engaging with high-risk Veterans via the Caring Communication Program; working with Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) to encourage reporters to use safe messaging; providing VA S.A.V.E. and other gatekeeper training to community member Clinical Engagement: Within the scope of privileges granted, provides a full range of patient care interventions, including individual, family, and group therapy, as well as specialized interventions such as behavior management consultations and systems or environmental interventions. When appropriate, uses newly proven or experimental techniques. Presents informed reports or educates multi-disciplinary teams on the use of evidence bases interventions; Provides direct patient care as well as coordinate case management and treatment for REACH-VET Veterans within the Suicide Prevention Team and providers associated with those Veterans' care; Responsible for providing support and post-intervention efforts to Veteran's next of kin survivors of suicide loss and completion of behavioral autopsies Other Duties As Assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements 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. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. 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 Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel. Qualifications Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) 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 respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the 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. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] OR (3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND (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. 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 (pre1979) 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. 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.] 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 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-11 (Entry Level) - Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Staff Psychologist, GS-12 (Developmental Level) - 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate 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 Requirements (Staff Full Performance Level): - 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/103 Part II Appendix G18. Psychologist Qualification Standard dated February 7, 2018 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. Education Additional Information 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. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. 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 exception from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.