This position is in the Mental Health Service Line. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 4/11. Additional applications will be referred as needed. The Staff Psychologist: - Independently provides specialized psychological services at all levels of complexity for patients with service delivery to include intake evaluation, diagnostic assessments, psychotherapy and patient education. - Performs clinically indicated evaluations for outpatient and inpatient populations. Forensic evaluations are generally not required with the exception of Compensation & Pension (C&P) examinations requested as part of the determination of service- connected disability ratings and related VA functions. - Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual therapy, group therapy, and psycho-education classes. Best practices, practice guidelines and evidence-based treatment protocols are utilized to the extent feasible in all therapeutic interventions. - Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues to include patient's decision-making capacity regarding health care.- Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address mental health needs of patients. - Conducts evaluations to aid in the differential diagnosis of complex cases. - Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. - Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Service, Chief of Staff and Director (or duly appointed designees). - Attends monthly Mental Health Service staff meetings and complies with Psychology peer review procedures. - Completes assigned Performance Improvement activities at the program, service line, and medical center level. - Attends regularly scheduled treatment team meetings to ensure efficiency and continuity of service delivery to specialized patient population. - Timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. - Respond to patients request for release of records; return telephone calls, linking of services, and appropriate referrals as needed in a timely fashion.- With permission from patient, collateral consultation with significant others/ support systems to aid in the facilitation of patients' treatment. - Attends annual training programs sponsored by the VISN, VAMC and other APA recognized training programs to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities in area of specialization. - Participates on selection panels for Staff Psychologist position vacancies. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM. Compressed work Schedule available Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.