Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 949434

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.  Also, this position requires the candidate to travel and work at one or all of the following Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS): Lake City, Bellevue, Federal Way CBOCs

Duties

This is a unit bargaining position.

Work Schedule:  Monday– Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm and may work some evenings and weekends.

Duties

The psychologist serves as a staff psychologist for the Home Based Health Care program (HBPC), as well as providing mental health care at the North Olympic Peninsula Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) of VA Puget Sound Health Care System. This psychologist will be a member of the HBPC and Mental Health-Primary Care programs.  HBPC duties will include providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary psychology services in the homes of veterans with complex, chronic, and disabling disease as well as providing palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services.  HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk for recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement.  Outcomes expected of HBPC programs include effective management of chronic disease and reduction of inpatient days and total cost of care.  HBPC teams include representatives from medicine service, nursing, pharmacy, social work, rehabilitation, dietetics, and psychology.  The psychologist will devote a minimum of 50% of their overall time to the HBPC program, which includes travel to Veteran homes.  The remaining 50% time will be devoted to providing mental health care to veterans within the Primary Care program at the Port Angeles CBOC.  Duties related to primary care will include working with the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team based at the Port Angeles clinic.  In this role the psychologist works with the primary care providers and the embedded psychiatric ARNP to provide psychological services using the Co-located Collaborative Care model.  This model focuses on rapid access, use of short-term therapies, to stabilize the patient and return to the primary care provider for routine follow-up care.  In this role, the psychologist will also work with Tele-Mental Health services that will be provided to this clinic to help augment specialty mental health care delivery into this site.

Clinical Responsibilities

(1)      Provides psychological assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the HBHC setting, including services for patients with complex psychopathology requiring advanced psycho-diagnostic skills within the HBPC and MHPC settings. 

(2)      Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions.

(3)      Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment.

(4)      Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.

(5)      Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center.

(6)      Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the psychologist.

(7)      Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.

(8)      Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.

Administrative Responsibilities

(1)  Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical assessment and/or intervention programs.

(2)   Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Team Leader, Program Director, and/or Service Line Leader.

(3)   Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

(4)   Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

(5)   Complies with national and local performance measures and facilitates organizational success on these measures at the team level.

(6)   Complies with all Facility and Service Line policies and expectations concerning administrative practices, including but not limited to leave authorization, responding to Suspense items, and completing TMS educational requirements.

(7)   Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Psychology Chief/Deputy Chief, Service Line Leader (or designee), Chief of Staff, and/or Facility Director.

(8)   Attends monthly Psychology Service Staff Meetings; Psychology Training Faculty Meetings; and participates in the Psychology Service biannual competency review process (OPPE and FPPE), periodically serving on the Psychology Service Clinical Pertinence Review Committee.

(9)   Maintains current knowledge of, and practices in accordance with, Joint Commission requirements.

(10) Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with provisions of Federal privacy acts and confidentiality statutes. Follows regulations and instructions regarding release of sensitive or protected patient or employee information.

Relocation or recruitment incentives may be authorized.