Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 797062

This Psychologist position is located in Mental Health Service.

*****This is an extension of Job #YE-13-797062-SW-MHC, that was previously announced*****.  ALL qualified applicants who previously applied to Job #YE-13-797062-SW-MHC, do not need to reapply as you will be considered on this job announcement.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

This announcement may close at any time once a qualified candidate has been selected.  Candidates will be referred after the following cut-off dates:  May 03, 2013; May 17, 2013; May 31, 2013; June 14, 2013; June 28, 2013; July 12, 2013; July 26, 2013; August 09, 2013; August 23, 2013; September 06, 2013; September 20, 2013; October 04, 2013; October 18, 2013; November 01, 2013; November 15, 2013; November 29, 2013.

Duties

The psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services (clinical care, consultation, and education).  Duties include, but are not limited to:  Diagnoses and evaluates mental disorders, conducts psychological and cognitive assessments, treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provides adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, education and other interventions such as environmental interventions.   Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.   Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.   Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.   Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, group psychotherapy and decision-making interventions.   Independently functions as a member of the Shreveport VAMC Medical Staff with full clinical privileges.   Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.   Adhere to operational policies and procedures for the Behavioral Medicine Section, established by the Behavioral Medicine Section Coordinator and/or Mental Health Service Chief.  Facilitate liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.  Incumbent complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.  Also, complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).  Attend regular staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health peer review procedures.

Tour of Duty:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized

**Salary/Grade is to be determined by Psychology Professional Standards Board dependent upon selectee's qualifications, (i.e. education and experience).**