The Staff Psychologist is assigned to the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) section within the Behavioral Health Service Line. Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. At the full performance level, GS 13 level, the following clinical activities are expected in the assignment for Staff Psychologists. In addition to providing direct patient care, this psychologist does have limited administrative/managerial duties, as described below. Provide a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides initial behavioral assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, treatment planning, consultation/referral, and crisis intervention for veterans in the outpatient mental health clinic. Provides PCMHI-specific psychological assessment, especially in the areas of general psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems and suicide assessment to Veterans that are enrolled PACT care. When clinically appropriate and as needed, provides wide range of psycho diagnostic and evaluation services for Veterans, inclusive of brief cognitive assessments and examination of clinical capacity. Provides a full range of psychological interventions consistent with training and expertise, with emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions. Provides triage and referral services when Veteran require higher level of care. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to presenting behavioral health issues. Supports and contributes to existing behavioral health programs and clinical initiatives as indicated. Provides consultation services to support decision-making, building on primary care staff interventions and improving Veteran-staff working relationships. Provides interventions and specialty health psychology assessment intervention, with a focus on allowing Veterans to maintain consistent care to the extent that this is clinically appropriate. Functions independently as a member of the VAPHS medical staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional Work Schedule: M-F 9:00am-5:30pm or 9:30am-6:00pm 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.