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 position is under the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service and is assigned to the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) and Enhanced Rural Access Network (ERANGE). The incumbent is required to travel to the veteran's home. This Psychologist will provide specialized mental health services for serious mentally ill Veterans, some with co-morbid substance issues and serious medical conditions. The patient caseload is complex based on the severity of mental illnesses, co morbidities and resistance to standard treatments. Our treatment team includes psychiatrists, RN and Social Work Providers, Peer Support Specialists and a dedicated Program Manager. The team psychologist will provide assertive community treatment and recovery-oriented care in the community to maximize function within the community and to minimize the use of hospitalization to support the Veterans highest quality of life possible . Therapy with Veterans is provided in the community at their place of residence (home, ALF, etc.) Applicants should possess good time management skills, good communication and negotiation skills to balance workload demands. Applicants should have good computer literacy and prior experience delivering psychological services via virtual modalities. Applicants should be proficient in writing psychological reports, chart notes, and treatment summaries. Applicants should be able to prioritize their work appropriately and should seek consultation as needed to deal with difficult cases. Applicants need excellent customer service skills and are expected to interact effectively with Veterans, Veteran family members, and coworkers. Psychologists should be able to remain positive even during times of high levels of stress, and should be able to work collegially with all other professions. Psychologists are required to work effectively with individuals who have opinions and/or attitudes that differ from their own. Major duties and responsibilities include: Diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Responsible for the implementation of evidence-based programs and interventions for Veterans. This includes, but is not limited to, psychological and psycho-diagnostic assessment, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, treatment planning, consultation and other interventions such as behavioral health and community interventions. Consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation, teaching, training, and research activities. Provide education to patients, family members, and significant others. Assist in the design, development, and implementation of clinical activities within MH&BS service. Assist in the execution of on-going program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. Attend and participating in administrative, treatment team and informational meetings held by the MHICM/ERANGE programs, the Chief of the Psychology Section , the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences service Chief, and the Chief of Staff. Serve on the Medical Center or Health System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, including participation in assigned RCA committee activities as needed. Represent the Medical Center at professional/program community group/events and committees such as Outreach programs to Veterans in the community. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Telework: May be available at management's discretion. Remote: Not available Functional Statement Title: Staff Psychologist, GS-0180-11/12/13 Relocation/Moving Expenses: Will not be reimbursed. Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Will not be authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Eligible. Contact Jessica Richardson-Tibbs, Jessica.Richardson-Tibbs@va.gov or Mildred Falcon-Rodriguez, Mildred.Falcon-Rodriguez@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance. See "Additional Information" section below for more details.
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