Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 914637 (Include # on all documents) Psychologist - Home based Primary Care (HBPC), One Part-time, 20 hours per week permanent position located at the VA Montana Healthcare System, Fort Harrison, MT

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?

POSITION:  Psychologist, Home Based Primary Care. GS-0180. One vacancy, part-time (0.5 FTEE) (20 hours per week) permanent position.  This position is located in Patient Care Services, Home Based Primary Care at the VA Montana Health Care System, Fort Harrison, MT.  Salary will be determined by a professional standards board and will be based on education and experience. 

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All applicants who meet qualification requirements.

*** This announcement is open for one month, however qualified applicants will be fowarded to the selecting official weekly. ***

You must submit a complete application package.  Please review the Required Documents Section for items that need to be included.

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/ .  

Recruitment/relocation incentive is not authorized.

Duties

The VA Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease.  In addition to primary care interventions, HBPC provides palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services.  HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following: Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches; assessing and providing treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication); providing psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems; providing services to the families of veterans with dementia being served by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment; providing clinical services through the use of tele-mental health/tele-home technology where available; providing screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed; providing individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with disability and other life transitions; facilitating transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), and provide seamless intervention services, as appropriate; promoting communication/interactions between medical team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process; and other related duties as assigned.