This is a unit bargaining position.
Work Schedule: Monday Friday, 8:00am 4:30pm and some weekends and holidays may apply.
The psychologist seves
as a staff psychologist for the Addiction Treatment Center at the American Lake
Division of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The psychologists primary duties
involve providing comprehensive clinical care to Veterans with complex
psychosocial needs, including substance
use disorders. Please note the incumbent must have experience providing care to those who have complex psychosocial needs, including substance use disorders in an Addiction Treatment Center (this is a selective factor).
(1) Provides comprehensive psychological assessment and diagnostic services for
Veterans with a broad range of psychopathology receiving care within the
Addiction Treatment Center, including services for patients with complex
psychopathology requiring advanced psycho-diagnostic skills.
(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 arid 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 case load 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 note, use of required
documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk
(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
(9) Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the
(10) At the GS-13 Level Psychologists are usually licensed and function
independently as a member of the VAPSHCS Medical Staff with full clinical
privileges. Psychologists at this grade additionally assume independent
professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient
care decisions, and documentation.
(11) Other clinical responsibilities: Provides specialized assessment and
treatment (individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducation) for
substance use disorders.
(I) 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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.