The incumbent serves as the Program Manager (Director of Psychology Training Program) for the Psychology Training Program of the Iowa City VA Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line (MHSL). The incumbent is responsible for managing the Psychology Training Program and for providing psychological services in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and/or in other clinical areas. The Program Manager for the Psychology Training Program has broad program management responsibilities that include oversight and management of the two training programs in Psychology. These programs include an American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited pre-doctoral internship program (interns) and a practicum (externship) program for pre-doctoral graduate students in APA Accredited academic psychology programs (practicum students). In addition to being the Program Manager for the Psychology Training Program, the psychologist also has clinical responsibilities. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinates programming within the training programs with the managers of other programs in the hospital as well as with the supervisors of the staff involved in the training programs. Manages the work flow of the programs and related staff to ensure compliance with facility, VACO, and accreditation-related standards. Organizes, directs, administers, and manages all aspects of the two training programs, including comprehensive planning, developing and implementing policies and procedures, determining program needs, performing quality evaluation and auditing, conducting program evaluation, overseeing the quality of the training, and pursuing strategic initiatives. Manages large national recruitments and selection processes of interns. Manages the local recruitment process of practicum students. Maintains a comprehensive semester evaluation system of interns, consistent with APA guidelines. Solicits feedback from rotation supervisors to provide evaluations of practicum students to the trainees' academic programs (most occurring yearly). Develops program self-studies and coordinating site visits as need to maintain national accreditation. Orients trainees to mental health programs and the training program upon the start of their training years- such training is led directly by the incumbent and routinely includes training in working with scheduling, security and privacy, CPRS, VistA, TMS, VATAS, eOPF, medical center standards of behavior, service line and training program practices, and PIV registration. Coordinates training with other discipline-specific clinical and straining staff at the hospital and the CBOC. Provides a full range of psychological services to include psychological assessment, diagnostic, and evidence based treatment services. Provides individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with health psychology presentations related to mental health diagnoses (e.g., sleep, pain, adherence to medical regimen, adjustment to illness), psychosocial stressors, grief or phase of life difficulties (e.g., discrimination, stress management, coping with loss, transition to civilian life), and mild-moderate-severe mental health presentations. Provides consultation about mental health diagnosis and appropriate treatment plans to professionals representing a variety of disciplines, particularly concerning psychiatrically and medically complex patients. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Work Location: Can be located at the Iowa City VA Hospital, the Coralville Clinic, or one of the other CBOCs within the Iowa City VAHCS. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation Incentive: Approved for highly qualified candidates **This occupational series is eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Repayment is limited to $10,000 annually, up to $60,000 in lifetime awards. Participants must sign a service agreement and maintain an acceptable level of performance to remain eligible for this program.**
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