Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 885184 (Include # on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Grade & Step level to be determined by Professional Standards Board

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

Duties

Clinical Responsibilities

The clinical work for this position will occur in the PTSD Clinic.  This interdisciplinary program provides mental health care for Veterans from all combat eras including WWII, Korean, Viet Nam, Gulf War, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi/New Dawn.  The psychologist who fills this position will be expected to collaborate with other clinicians on the DVAMC Medical and Mental Health Staff for their care.  These collaborative relationships include other DVAMC mental health programs, the Traumatic Brain Injury /Polytrauma program, and the Post-Deployment Primary Care program.  The incumbent will provide a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnose mental and behavioral disorders particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. Provide education to patients family members and significant others.  Provide comprehensive evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, etc.) including individual, family and group psychotherapy. Develop, implement, and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for assigned patients. Function independently as a member of DVAMC Medical Staff with full clinical privileges.  Assume complete professional responsibility for her/his assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. 

 

Administrative responsibilities

 

1.    Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

2.    Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

3.    Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Line Chief (or designee) and facility Director.

4.    Attends Psychology Service staff meetings and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures.

 

5.    May serve as first line supervisor for a limited number (< 4) of paraprofessional or technical staff.

 

Teaching and Training

1.      Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns and/or practicum students.

 

2.      Completes formal written trainee evaluations in a timely manner at periods required by the psychology internship training program.

3.      May hold faculty position at the Associate, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank at the affiliated university medical center (Duke University Medical Center) and engage in teaching activities there.

 

Research (optional):

May engage in non-funded or VA funded research and devote up to 20% of her/his time to this activity per approval of the supervising psychologist and Chief, Mental Health Service Line.

  1. As function of a concurrent faculty position, may engage in funded or unfunded research activities at the affiliated university medical center and engage.
  2. May publish results of research in scientific, peer-reviewed journals and/or present research findings at scientific meetings.
  3.  Supervisory Controls:

    The psychologist exercises independent judgment in the practice and provision of psychological services (clinical care, consultation, and education).  S/he consults with peers, her/his first line supervisor, the Senior Psychologist, and the Service Line Chief, as needed.  The Senior Psychologist acts as the approving official for the staff psychologist to ensure adherence to professional standards of the practice of psychology as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for training psychology interns.