The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) team in the Mental Health Clinic (MHC) at the American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The goal of the BHIP team is to build effective, interdisciplinary outpatient mental health teams which provides most the mental health care necessary for a panel of assigned Veterans over time. The Staff Psychologist's primary duties involve comprehensive assessment, evidence-based individual, group, and couples/family psychotherapy and psychoeducation; assessment; consultation; case management; and supervision of psychology trainees. Licensed psychologists obtain clinical privileges to practice general psychological procedures expected of all psychologists. They may also be granted specialty area clinical privileges to include (but not be limited to) Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Geropsychology, and/or Clinical Health Psychology. Unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist with clinical privileges, covered by a Scope of Practice document. Clinical Responsibilities The unlicensed Graduate Psychologist appointed by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System shall be an academically and clinically prepared health care professional capable of performing within their respective scope of practice under the supervision of a fully licensed psychologist. The Graduate Psychologist must obtain a current, active and unrestricted license to practice in any State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia within two years from appointment (or, prior to promoting to a GS-13). At the GS-13 level, psychologists are fully licensed and function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff with full clinical privileges. Psychologists at this grade additionally assume independent professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Other clinical responsibilities of the licensed psychologist include: Provide comprehensive psychological assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the mental health service line, including services for patients with complex psychopathology requiring advanced psycho-diagnostic skills. Demonstrate expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions. Provide education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment. Provide evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation. Provide consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center. Develop, implement, and document the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist. Adhere to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions. Administrative Responsibilities Assist the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical assessment and/or intervention programs. Adhere to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Team Leader, Program Director, and/or Service Line Leader. Assist the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. Facilitate liaisons with other health care programs to effectively coordinate services. Comply with national and local performance measures and facilitate organizational success on these measures at the team level. Comply with all Facility and Service Line policies and expectations concerning administrative practices, including but not limited to leave authorization, responding to Suspense items, and completing TMS educational requirements. Maintain current knowledge of, and practice in accordance with, Joint Commission requirements. Protect printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with provisions of Federal privacy acts and confidentiality statutes. Follow regulations and instructions regarding release of sensitive or protected patient or employee information. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8am to 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Position Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.