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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Job Title: Psychologist

    Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

    Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

    Sub Agency: Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System

    Job Announcement Number: 11-306-38


    To be determined by Professional Standards Board


    Wednesday, December 01, 2010 to Thursday, December 01, 2011




    Full-Time Permanent – Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or as patient care dictates.




    1 vacancy – Baton Rouge, LA


    Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals.


    The Functional Statement for this position is available for review in Human Resources Management. The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Psychologist functions as a full time staff member of the HBPC Interdisciplinary team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services in the veteran’s residential setting.


    • U.S. Citizenship
    • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
    • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Baton Rouge, LA

    Provide screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches. Assess and provide treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication). Provide psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems. Provide services to the families of veterans with dementia being serviced by Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC), when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment. Provide clinical services through the use of tele-mental health/tele-home technology where available. Provide screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed. Perform capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient’s ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Assess patients’ understanding of advanced directives and other forms of consent and assisting staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to patients in a format they can understand. Provide individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with disability and other life transitions. Provide psychoeducational and supportive interventions, in conjunction with the veteran, for spouses, family members/caregivers, and others that are crucial to keeping the veteran at home. Provide effective interventions with couples or families, when appropriate, to relieve relationship difficulties, provide support to caregivers of veterans with dementia or other significant frailty, and/or promote collaboration with the HBPC team, for the benefit of the veteran. Facilitate transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), and provide seamless intervention services, as appropriate. Provide behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain, disability, address sleep problems, facilitate weight loss, promote smoking cessation, and enhance medical compliance. Promote communications/interactions between medical team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.

    To qualify based on education, submit copy of transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Application materials will not be returned. Submit proof of your education with a transcript or list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking. We will be unable to return these to you. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.

    Clinical psychology For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.

    You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

    You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed into this position.

    You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

    Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

    This position requires completion of 1 year probationary period, if not already served.


    You will be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

    Benefits and Other Info


    You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

    Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

    Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info:

    New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

    You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:

    You will earn sick leave. More info:

    You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

    You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info:


    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

    You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

    If you fax your application, we will not consider it.

    Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder.

    You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

    How To Apply


    You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    HOW TO APPLY: Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Employees Only:

    Two-Way Memo Optional Form 27

    Applicants from OUTSIDE the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System must submit the following information:

    1. VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations or a Resume containing all information required by the VA Form 10-2850c.
    2. Copy of certification.
    3. Copy of most recent SF-50 that shows your current title, series, grade and tenure (if applicable).
    4. Form OF-306 (Declaration of Federal Employment).
    5. Most recent Annual Performance Appraisal (if applicable).
    6. Education above the high school level will not be credited without verification (e.g., transcript). Transcript must be submitted with application.
    7. Applications must be received in Human Resources on or before the closing date of this announcement.


    Mail or hand-deliver your application to:

    Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
    1555 Poydras Street
    Suite 1300
    Attn: Human Resources Management Office
    New Orleans, LA 70112


    1. Job announcement number, job title, and grade level.
    2. Your full name, social security number, mailing address, and telephone number(s).
    3. Education, training, and/or work experience.
    4. Information about previous Federal employment (SF-50), including salary (or highest GS level)
    5. Country of citizenship.
    6. All other supplemental information, i.e., SF-50, Latest Performance Appraisal, transcript, DD-214 (if required), etc.
    7. Application packages cannot be accepted beyond the closing time.
    8. All applications and supplemental information must have your name and announcement number on each page.
    9. Supplemental information must be mailed to the address above.

    If you are claiming veterans’ preference or eligibility for VRA or VEOA, provide basic eligibility information in your cover letter. You will be contacted to request submission of the DD-214 and, if disabled, an SF-15 with letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tentative five-point preference will be granted to Veterans initially. Full preference will be granted upon receipt of your paperwork.

    If education is used to qualify for this position, please include sufficient information in your resume so you can be evaluated. You may mail a list of college courses that includes hours and grades to provide detail.

    Application mailed using government postage or through an internal federal government mail system will not be considered.


    Denise A. Blutcher
    Phone: 504-558-1414
    Email: [email protected]v
    Agency Information:
    Department Of Veterans Affairs
    1555 POYDRAS
    SUITE 1300
    NEW ORLEANS, LA 70112


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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