Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 911663

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

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.

VA ENCOURAGES PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO APPLY

 

Duties

The psychologist’s primary assignment will be in the Drug & Alcohol Treatment Clinic.  The psychologist will conduct intake evaluations of new referrals (especially high risk ones), provide individual/couples substance abuse psychotherapies, provide Phases I, II & III groups, provide regular patient follow-up, relapse prevention, sobriety support, skill building & discharge planning, and consult with other services. The psychologist will attend weekly team meetings and case conferences.  The psychologist will be assigned to the Mental Health Service Access Clinic four hours weekly, performing evaluation and early intervention for new mental health patient referrals.

 

Major Duties:

·         Ability to evaluate and diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments

·         Ability to treat Substance Abuse and psychiatric comorbidities through a variety of modalities

·         Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center, as appropriate.

·         Ability to conduct triage and referral coordination.

·         The development of new therapy groups.

·         The development and oversight of the clinical program for substance abusing veterans.  This includes ensuring a clinical rapid response, educational efforts, assessments, treatment planning and coordination. 

 

Work Schedule:  Part-time, 30 hours per week. 

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.