A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. This position has been approved for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please refer to the "Duties Section below" for more information. This announcement will remain open until this position is filled. The next cutoff for consideration is 5/7/2021. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact the facility EDRP Coordinator. The HBPC Psychologist functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services. This individual may also provide coverage in other geriatric or behavioral health care settings, but at least 0.5 FTE must be dedicated to HBPC. Duties include: Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of all major and secondary psychological and psychiatric disorders (i.e., Axis I and II disorders) with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based treatments for common disorders, such as depressive, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and other disorders/conditions associated with chronic illness and/or end-of-life. Assessing and providing treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, such as grief and bereavement, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other non-prescribed 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); Providing psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems; Providing services to the families of Veterans with dementia and other complicated medical/psychiatric conditions being served by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the Veteran, will allow better care for the Veteran and allow the family to sustain the Veteran in the home environment. For example, family members may be trained to better manage behavioral problems associated with dementia; such training may allow the HBPC team to reduce the use of psychoactive medication as a means of controlling behavioral problems; Providing clinical services through the use of telemental health/ telehome technology; Providing 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; Performing capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently; Assessing Veteran's understanding of advanced directives and other forms of informed consent and assisting staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to patients in a format they can comprehend, understand and make judgments based on the information; Providing individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with chronic or acute illness, disability and other life transitions; Providing psychoeducational and supportive interventions, in conjunction with the Veteran, for spouses, family members/caregivers, and others that are crucial to managing the Veteran at home; Providing effective interventions with couples or families, when appropriate, to address relationship difficulties, provide support to caregivers of Veterans with dementia or other significant illness/frailty, and/or promote collaboration with the HBPC team for the benefit of the Veteran. At all times, the necessity for and benefit of the intervention for the Veteran should be documented and included as part of the Veteran's treatment plan; Facilitating transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility, return home from hospital/nursing home), and providing seamless intervention services, as appropriate; Serving as a clinical supervisor for psychology pre-doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral level graduate practicum students in psychology and other related disciplines. Preparing and teaching seminars/workshops for VATVCBHCS trainees/staff on topics within interest/competency areas. Providing leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of clinics/units to which assigned. Serving as a member of various VATVCBHCS Mental Health, VATVCBHCS, and/or VISN committees. Conducting psychological research that supports the mission of VATVCBHCS alone or in collaboration with other professional in VATVCBHCS or affiliated academic institutions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not require
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.