This is an external job announcement. Current permanent Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, CBSR-11159655-21-AR. 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. Learn more This position is located at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center at the Lancaster Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), providing Psychological Services in support of the Mental Health Care Line. The incumbent provides professional consultation pertaining to human behavior, determining the reasons for that behavior and predicting and/or modifying the behavior. The incumbent works individually and as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team to provide recommendations or treatment plans concerning psychological assessment and intervention. This position functions primarily within the Outpatient Division providing treatment and evaluation services for Veterans at the Chillicothe VAMC. Services will include providing individual and group therapy on an outpatient basis to Veterans with various mental health diagnoses and psychosocial concerns. Duties include but are not limited to: Performs psychological assessment, evaluation and treatment of patients with problems of mental health or addiction. Performs psychotherapy with patients, either through individual sessions or through group therapy sessions. Uses therapeutic techniques and evidence-based practices. Provides psycho-educational classes. Through testing and clinical interviews and observation, assesses intelligence, behavior and personality variables. Assists in differential diagnosis of functional and organic disorders. Administers a wide variety of psychological testing and screening measures. Serves as an authoritative source of information in the use and interpretation of tests to differentiate between functional and organic damage to the patient. Is capable of using a wide range of psychological devices and is capable of supervising others in their use. Provides expert consultation to other units or organizations with regards to test administration and evaluation. Conducts interviews, uses rating scales, questionnaires or other assessments as a regular part of measurement-based care. Has developed an expert professional mastery of the assessment tools available to effectively diagnose abnormalities or variations thereof in the specialized area of psychology. Assists in developing new assessment or measurement devices for the specialization. Provides a practical research environment for assessment in the specialization. Based on data gathered during the assessment, plans an appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients. Conceptualizes, develops and presents detailed treatment plans for a full range of psychological services. Patients' ages and varying environmental factors are extremely diverse. Oversees other professionals or works as a key team member providing comprehensive psychological and medical care for a group of individuals. Promotes a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional treatment staff. Promotes, supervises or provides individual and group psychotherapy. Conducts psychotherapy in difficult, multifaceted cases. As an expert, serves as key member of the multi-disciplinary team providing the full range of psychotherapy for a widely diverse patient base. Provides advice to other staff professionals in an attempt to promote and preserve a therapeutic environment for individual patients. Encourages or establishes a standard for general therapeutic techniques in dealing with all patients. Provides advice regarding appropriate staff responses toward a patient or specific environmental factors that will stimulate more self-reliance, reduce anxiety or achieve more socially adaptable behavior patterns. Continually monitors patient's progress. Determines when reassessment is appropriate and adjusts treatment plan accordingly. Maintains a currency in therapeutic techniques by reviewing research and training in new evidence-based practices. Work schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM (Monday through Friday) Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required. Virtual: This may be a virtual position. Functional Statement Title: Psychologist (Clinical and Counseling) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.
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.