Psychologist (Primary Care Mental Health Integration)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: North Platte, Nebraska
Internal Number: 606732700
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 is an OPEN-CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be July 26, 2021. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.** This Psychologist position is actively involved in providing behavioral health interventions in Primary Care Clinics in the Medical Center and is physically co-located in the Primary Care clinic. The incumbent may also be assigned occasional additional general clinical duties that involve provision of professional psychological services in multiple areas within the Medical Center. Those professional psychological services may include diagnostic interviews, psychological and neurocognitive assessments, brief psychotherapy interventions, and provision of multidisciplinary consultation. Duties include, but are not limited to: Provides focused clinical interviews and psycho-diagnostic assessments, including symptom report measures and neurocognitive screening instruments, to assist in developing appropriate treatment plans for implementation of evidence-based behavioral health interventions in providing quality care to Veterans with a range of mental health and neurocognitive issues. Provides a full range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions including individual and couple interventions for patients with a wide range of behavioral health concerns commonly encountered in the Primary Care setting, including but not limited to: ineffective management of chronic health conditions, chronic pain, bereavement, insomnia, habit control (smoking cessation), substance misuse, sexual dysfunction, anger dysregulation, mild to moderate depression, adjustment reactions and phase of life issues, mild to moderate anxiety disorders or trauma related disorders (e.g., subthreshold PTSD), and cognitive disorders such as early or mild cognitive impairment. Facilitates Veterans' timely referral to specialty mental health or substance abuse treatment as appropriate. Provides informal and formal consultative services with Primary Care providers to address questions about how to approach Veterans with mental health concerns and how to direct their care to appropriate specialty services as appropriate. Is involved in program evaluation and quality assurance activities; monitors information from and participates as much as possible in monthly national conference calls on subjects relevant to the integration of mental health into primary care settings. Provides supervision and oversight of predoctoral Psychology interns in the Mental Health in Primary Care training rotation at the Omaha VA, as well as practicum extern students, as required. Provides administrative duties in support of clinical service provision including: Prompt, professional communication, either directly or through the medical record with primary care providers who refer patients to the primary care Psychologist. Returning Veteran's phone calls. Responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the medical center of healthcare system, as appropriate. In general encounters are completed same day, and clinical documentation in the medical record is completed within 1 business day of the service. Serves as a consultant to other medical staff treatment teams and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients; may participate in team conferences to review results of comprehensive psychological examinations and participate in feedback sessions with Veterans and family members per request of Primary Care providers or other treatment teams Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Work Location: One position will be located at the Omaha VA Medical Center. The second position will be located at the North Platte VA Clinic. 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.