Job Overview



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 929588

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!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.


This position is located at VA Puget Sound Health Care System under Mental Health Service Line, for both Seattle and American Lake Divisions.
VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) is recruiting a supervisory psychologist to lead the Suicide Prevention Program at the Seattle and American Lake (Tacoma) divisions. Responsibilities include: (a) supervising four Suicide Prevention Coordinators, (b) organizing and leading facility-wide clinical interventions and educational programs that concern suicide prevention strategies; (c) compiling and analyzing data about suicidal behavior and risk management outcomes in Veterans at VAPSHCS, and (d) communicating with leadership about the suicide prevention activities and clinical outcomes of the program. Position will involve approximately 30% direct patient care within MHS and may have teaching and research duties.
The psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems, but the emphasis is on assessment and treatment of veterans at high risk of suicide, PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders other than PTSD. Individual and group evidence-based psychotherapy are primary modalities of treatment provided by the psychologist, including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The psychologist is also skilled in behavioral medicine interventions aimed at reducing health risk behaviors, such as tobacco use. Incumbent provides a full range of psychological assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology that is often complex and diverse. The psychologist demonstrates expertise in diagnosis of Veterans with PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders other than PTSD. He demonstrates expertise in using and teaching others about contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for these disorders. Incumbent provides education to patients and family members of patients about PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders as well as other mental health conditions. Incumbent provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy. These interventions will include Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Incumbent provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients, so that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the medical center. Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Incumbent complies with all Mental Health Service documentation requirements, including timely completion of prescribed templates for documenting results of assessment, treatment, and risk evaluation contacts. Adheres to all facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to suicide risk reduction practices, timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.

1. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized.
2. Relocation Expenses will not be paid.