NOTE: Standard tour of duty for this position is - Monday - Friday working 8:00 am - 4:30 pm OR 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.
NOTE: Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentives are not approved for this vacancy.
Position Number/Functional Statement:000000 (Pain Program/Palliative Care Program Psychologist)
Duties and Responsibilities of Clinical Psychologist for the Pain Program & Palliative Care Program may include, but are not limited to:
The incumbent serves as a Staff Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, with assignments to the PM&R Pain Program and the Palliative Care Program.
S/he consults with peers, the Medical Director of the PMRS Pain Program and team, the Director of the Palliative Care Program, the Psychiatry department, the Psychology Lead, and staff from other disciplines, as needed. The Medical Director of the PMRS Pain Program and the Medical Director the Palliative Care Program, in consultation with the Psychology Lead, act as the clinical directors for the psychologist, to ensure adherence to professional standards of the practice of psychology as well as fulfillment of responsibilities for the delivery of direct services. The Psychologist reports directly to the Lead Psychologist for supervisory controls.
· Psychotherapy Independently provides individual, family and group psychotherapy within the Pain Program (approximately 75% of clinical time) and the Palliative Care Program. Intervention is determined by patient needs, utilizing a variety of accepted treatment techniques, including complementary medicine approaches in the treatment of chronic pain conditions. Knowledge regarding and ability to independently apply empirically supported interventions is required. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions for patients and their families, including assessing adjustments to illness/injury, coping style and its effectiveness, and the contribution official dom conditions to current emotional functioning and vice versa.
· Consultation - functions professionally and appropriately in multidisciplinary settings. Works in a cooperative, collaborative, professional and productive manner with psychology staff and staff from other disciplines in a variety of contexts in order to advance the goals of the VISN. Examples of these contexts include multidisciplinary team meetings, program planning, and educational meetings. Serves as a consulting expert in psychological services to Pain Clinic and Palliative Care, and other relevant treatment personnel and medical center management. Participates in the processing of e-consults and tele-health as needed.
· Administrative Responsibilities - is responsible for the provision of comprehensive documentation which details adequacy, nature,and scope of services rendered and validation of responsibility and accountability. Such reports are represented in treatment plans, progress notes, psychological evaluations, consultations, and other administrative activities as delegated by the Psychology Director or Mental Health Service Chief.