The Therapist independently practices and diagnoses as a mental health practitioner, provides clinical psychosocial services, advocacy and coordination of care at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans and their families in order to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs of the Veteran population enrolled at the EOVAHCS and surrounding rural areas for the Pain Program. If you ARE a current VA Employee please, apply to CBSU11125923-21-BR Duties Include but are not limited to: Screening/Assessment Develops comprehensive bio psychosocial assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others. Assesses the full range of psychiatric issues using advanced clinical training, insight and experience to interpret data and need for services. Performs insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia and other high risk diagnoses. Completes comprehensive chronic pain assessments to include screenings and assessments of complex pain management needs Independently assesses chronic pain treatment needs and opioid risk assessments Makes Clinical and Psychosocial Diagnosis Independently evaluates the Veteran's situation and needs utilizing professional judgment and advanced practice skills to integrate the information obtained in the psychosocial assessment, other disciplines assessment's and arrives at an appropriate DSM diagnosis. Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency actions. Treatment Planning/Goal Setting Responsible for working with staff, veterans, family and community resources to set and work to achieving the veteran's treatment goals. Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team members on course of treatment. Integrates and Implements Effective Treatment Provides clinical services to veterans and their family members/significant others in support of the veterans treatment. Demonstrates a high level of knowledge of psychotherapeutic modalities, abnormal behaviors, professional ethics, and maintains a therapeutic relationship with the veteran and their families. Receives and completes requests for services (consults) from other hospital staff evaluating and making recommendations for treatment needs, level of service needs and ethical consideration needs for pain, mental health and others. Provides the veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. Provides therapy and education needs via Video conferencing formats for those in rural or more outlying areas Provides CBT and other evidenced based psychotherapy for Veterans with Pain and for mental health issues Provides skill training, relaxation, education and care coordination for Veterans with pain Provides individual, group and/or family counseling or psychotherapy Crisis Intervention Makes rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans to include admission to mental health and other Veteran programs. Develops a crisis plan and safety plans in accordance with JCMVAMC protocols. Provides crisis assessment and intervention to Veterans in crisis in and out of the ER Provides clinical risks assessments for suicide and homicide and completes suicide behavior reports, Suicide risks assessments and other designed forms as appropriate Referrals Makes referrals to service providers and refers the veteran to needed services. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. Responsible for educating the veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Advocacy/Ethics Advocates for the veteran/family in managing the complex systems within the VA and community services Educates and encourages the veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Documentation and Administrative responsibilities Documents professionally in the medical records all services and contacts using appropriate formats and templates. This information will be entered in a complete, confidential, and professional manner to insure information on the Veteran is shared with other VA staff and will be reviewed on a regular basis. Attends all appropriate staff meetings and perform other duties as required. Demonstrates ability to organize work, set priorities, meets multiple deadlines and evaluates assigned program areas. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Discloser Report: Not required 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
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