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. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. The incumbent, functions as the Outpatient Addiction Psychologist for VA Northern Indiana Health Care Systems (VANIHCS) Mental Health Services. Services include provision of high quality screening and assessment, substance abuse education, clinical treatment, family, individual, and group therapy, advocacy, providing intensive outpatient programs or other addiction groups, aftercare groups for continuing support, various responsibilities with the suboxone clinic, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers and/or agencies as needed by the client. As a licensed, practicing psychologist the SATP Psychologist participates in development of a treatment plan for each Veteran contacted through outreach. The treatment plan includes measurable goals based on relevant psychological, medical, and psychiatric information. The Psychologist is responsible for the assessment, identification, facilitation, referral, and linkage to appropriate medical and psychiatric services for Veteran identified as eligible for services. The SATP Psychologist conducts individual and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and social needs as treatment issues. Professional judgment, including the knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior, is a competency applied in daily interactions with Veterans. The SATP Psychologist participates in the assignment of Veterans to VA treatment teams and programs, including consulting with relevant program clinical staff in planning treatment for Veterans with comorbidities. The incumbent facilitates community organization and outreach to alleviate problems that may interfere with Veterans' ability to achieve independence. The SATP Psychologist assists the Veteran in service stabilization by consulting and intervening when problems arise with service providers and assists in priority management/pace of services/integration of Veteran in program with Veteran and program staff by participating in treatment team meetings. Clinical Assessment: Advanced clinical training, insight and experience is utilized to interpret data and identify viable treatment options. The incumbent assesses high risk factors, acuity, and the need for services. The SATP Psychologist has the ability to serve Veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lack family or an adequate community support network, be poor at self-monitoring, frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychosocial support. The SATP Psychologist diagnoses mental disorders, conducts psychological assessments as needed to determine appropriate treatment referrals. The Psychologist treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provides adjunctive interventions for treatment of mental disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies. The SATP Psychologist identifies and interviews Veterans in each setting to conduct needs assessment and determine appropriate referrals, linkage and coordination for VA and non-VA services to enhance function in the community. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 7:45a.m.-4:30p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599827000
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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.