Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 910895 

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?

 

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.  This position is a full-time permanent Coordinator/Clinical Psychologist located in the Mental Health Service Post-traumatic Stress Recovery PTSR) Program.  The staff psychologist will also be the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coordinator and will have collateral supervisory responsibilities, administrative and managerial duties.


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.


 

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

 

 VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Duties

The Staff Psychologist will diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessment, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  Among the modalities provided are individual, family and group psycho therapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environment interventions.  


The primary job functions of the psychologist at this level include the provision to direct psychological patient care, including consultation services on difficult or complex cases and education to staff and trainee supervision.  At this level may also have research obligations associated with a university faculty appointment.


The staff psychologist in the PTSD Coordinator position will have collateral supervisory responsibilities and administrative managerial duties as detailed below:


  • Provide a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex and unusually difficult patients with PTSD diagnoses.
  • Provide education to patients, family members and significant others.
  • Provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family and group psychotherapy.
  • Comply with national and local performance measures including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.
  • Comply with all Computerized Patient Records System (CPRS) documentation procedures.
  • Provide consultation to professional staff within the Dayton VA Medical Center and to community providers.
  • Develop, implement and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned case load of patients.
  • Responsible for completing Compensation and Pension examinations as instructed by the Chief, Mental Health Service.
  • Function independently as a member of the Dayton VA Medical Center Staff, with full clinical privileges.
  • Provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns.
  • Provide didactic training experience for Psychology Interns and for intern disciplinary staff within the Medical Center.
  • Oversee administrative and programmatic resources and responsibilities for the PTSD Program that delivers highly specialized, complex and professional trauma related services and interventions including assessment, case management, psychotherapy, and education for Veterans with trauma exposure.
  • Execute ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.
  • Facilitate liaisons with other Mental Health programs in the Mental health Service and other Services in order to effectively coordinate PTSD services.
  • Responsible for ensuring the Program and staff comply with national and local performance measures.
  • Responsible for directing the activities of the multidisciplinary clinical team comprised of psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists, and program clerks.
  • Direct, coordinate, administer and manage all aspects of the PTSD program, including comprehensive planning, developing and implementing programs, policies and procedures, determining program needs, etc.
  • Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Chief (or designee) and facility Director.