Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 915361

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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

THESE POSITIONS ARE IN THE BARGAINING UNIT.

These positions are located within Mental Health Service Line, American Lake Division, Tacoma, WA.

NOTE: Current, permanent employees of VA Puget Sound will receive first consideration.

Duties

The American Lake Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System has multiple positions available for staff psychologists in the following programs:

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM (IOP): The Intensive Outpatient Program is an intensive, 2-4 week outpatient program providing evidence-based treatment to veterans with mental illness that require a higher level of intensity of services as compared to traditional outpatient treatment. Veterans attend the program for a minimum of three hours per day, three days per week. Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with various mental disorders who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in the Intensive Outpatient Program of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., DBT; PE; CPT; ACT; MI/ME; CBT), including individual and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with various mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans; 4) Provide case management for an assigned caseload of patients while involved in the IOP; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services in an intensive outpatient setting; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

MENTAL HEALTH REHABILITATION AND RECOVERY TREATMENT PROGRAM: The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Treatment Program (MHRRTP) at the American Lake Division(s) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The psychologist's primary duties involve The MHRRTP is designed to provide residential rehabilitative and clinical care to eligible Veterans who have a wide range of medical, psychiatric, social, and vocational needs. The MHRRTP consists of three program tracks: 1) Substance abuse, 2) PTSD, and 3) DCHV (Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans w/ the ability and motivation to return to competitive employment). Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., DBT; PE; CPT; ACT; MI/ME; CBT), including individual and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with various mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans; 4) Provide case management for an assigned caseload of patients while involved in the MHRRTP 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services in an intensive outpatient setting; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

PRIMARY CARE MENTAL HEALTH INTEGRATION: The Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) program provides integrated mental health services within a large primary care medical setting. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and expert consultation in the areas of mental health (with an understanding of mind/body connection), while working in the interdisciplinary PCMHI team at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders within a primary care medical setting; 2) Coverage for a same-day access clinic within primary care medicine; 3) Provision of brief, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, couples and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with PTSD and substance use disorder; 4) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans for an assigned caseload of patients; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning mental health issues in medical patients; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

PTSD/SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER PSYCHOLOGIST: The PTSD/SUD Psychologist is assigned to the PTSD Outpatient Clinic, providing expert clinical and consultative services in trauma and addictions across both the PTSD Program as well as the Addictions Treatment Center. Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occuring substance use disorders who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and expert consultation in the areas of trauma and addictions, while working in the PTSD Outpatient Clinic (POC) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., PE, CPT, ACT, CBT, MI/ME, etc), including individual, couples and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with PTSD and substance use disorder; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 5) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning trauma and addictions; 6) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 7) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS PROGRAMS: The Serious Mental Illness Programs consist of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center and Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program. The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) is a mental health program designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful life roles for veterans challenged with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. The Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program is an intensive case management program for veterans with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. The program is focused on rehabilitation and improved quality of life which involves frequent contacts with a flexible and community-based clinical staff. Psychologists in these programs are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI) and other co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in SMI programs of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., CBT, Social Skills Training, Illness Management), including individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with SMI and commonly co-occurring substance abuse; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Provide case management for an assigned caseload of patients while involved in the PRRC; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

TELEMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM/PRIMARY CARE MENTAL HEALTH INTEGRATION: The Telemental Health Program at the VA Puget Sound is an exciting, growing, and cutting-edge clinical program within the Primary Care Mental Health Service. As part of the Telemental Health Program, the psychologist will provide telemental health services to VA sites of care throughout VISN 20, to include Veterans’ homes. The psychologist should be familiar with telehealth technologies and telehealth systems administration. Organizational skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential for delivering distance-based mental health services. The psychologist may deliver additional services physically at sites of care (e.g., CBOCs) at some interval. In addition, the psychologist will spend a portion of their time providing clinical mental health care and consultation within Primary Care Medicine as part of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration program (balancing telehealth work with in-office care). Duties for psychologists in these roles include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, both via televideo conferencing as well as within a primary care clinical setting; 2) Coverage for a same-day access clinic within primary care medicine; 3) Provision of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, couples and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with a myriad of mental health conditions (to include specialized PTSD care); 4) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans for an assigned caseload of patients; 5) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 6) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning mental health issues in medical patients; 7) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 8) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

VETERANS INTENSIVE PTSD (VIP) PROGRAM: The VIP Program is an intensive 3-week outpatient program providing evidence-based PTSD treatment to veterans with military-related PTSD. Psychologists in this program are expected to provide a full range of mental health services to Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental disorders who require complex, highly professional services that are often of a specialized nature. The psychologist will provide direct patient care, teaching/supervision, and consultation, while working in the Veterans Intensive PTSD (VIP) Program of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS)—American Lake Division. Specifically, the duties of the clinical psychologist in this position will include, but are not limited to: 1) Provision of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients; 2) Provision of a full range of comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., PE, CPT, ACT, and/or CBT), including individual and group psychotherapy, to Veterans with PTSD and commonly co-occurring conditions including depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders other than PTSD; 3) Develop, implement, and document psychotherapeutic treatment plans and serve as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for an assigned caseload of patients; 4) Function independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges; 5) Consultation with and service as a resource to professional staff, programs and clinics concerning the provision of psychological services; 6) Provision of education to Veterans, family members, and significant others; and 7) Provision of clinical supervision and instruction to psychology interns and/or other trainees.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm (Some positions may additionally include opportunities for weekend coverage)

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized.