Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  981313

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

General Description:

The psychologist has responsibility for the evaluation and treatment for VITAL initiative located at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The goal of this program is to establish and maintain an outreach program to assist those student veterans, who have failed to make adequate psychosocial adjustment and re-entry into civilian life.  Conducts interviews and counseling with clients and provides psychological assessment and treatment to clients.  VITAL counseling interventions include crisis intervention and both short and long-term services.  Refers clients to other programs and professionals, as needed.  Provides consultation to other team members conducting interviews, counseling and therapy.  Refers cases requiring outpatient or inpatient treatment to the VA Medical Center Mental Health Clinic or the Vet Center.  Personally conducts any or all of the following therapy programs:  stress management; individual, group, conjoint and family therapy; biofeedback; relaxation training and other therapeutic intervention strategies.  Participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


Salary Determination:  Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

Appointment Information:  The candidate selected for this position may be placed into a temporary appointment, not to exceed one year and one day, pending completion of the boarding process.




The psychologist will attempt to identify the eligible veterans who are in need of readjustment counseling.  This will also include family and any significant others.  The incumbent will also facilitate linkages with other community agencies to provide a comprehensive treatment delivery system that will provide broad-based community support for veterans after completion of the VITAL program.  Due to the nature of the student veteran population and the complexity to adjustment issues, the psychologist's function is to integrate existing psycho-therapeutic concepts with innovative techniques and network with the community to establish referral systems.

The psychologist’s duties concerning the client population are multi-faceted.  These functions include, but are not limited to: in-depth assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment of the veteran and families, and referral to more appropriate agencies where necessary.  Additional duties include using media and professional workshops to create awareness to the dynamics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in order to educate the public and mobilize community resources to help in the readjustment of the targeted population.

Seeks out program eligible student veterans ascertains their needs for services and informs them of VHA, VBA and Vet Center programs.

Interviews student veterans and their significant others to determine specific problems.

Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of student veterans and their significant others.

Establishes helping relationships with student veterans and significant others.

Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnosis of disorders.

Provides readjustment counseling services to student veterans and significant others.

Provides clinical counseling to student veterans and significant others with highly complex and diversified psychological/sociological problems to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Develops comprehensive treatment plans for adjustment/readjustment.

Provides individual and conjoint therapy to student veterans and significant others.

Provides group counseling, to include rap group, to student veterans and significant others.

Serves as case manager for clients of the VITAL program.

Provides clinical case consultation and assistance to the specialist/technicians on highly complex cases.

Provides crisis intervention, stabilization and follow-up to student veterans and significant others.

Provides follow-up evaluations of clients to determine whether student veterans have received all appropriate services and provides additional services or referrals as required.

Keeps abreast of current state-of-the-art procedures, processes and approaches.

Provides consultation and training to community service agencies and University faculty on combat veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Provides vocational, educational, benefits, and related counseling, guidance and referral to student veterans and their significant others.

Assist clients with applications for benefits with local, state and federal agencies.

Provides assistance and referral regarding discharge upgrade.

Independently determines appropriate community referral resources.

Engage in a variety of community outreach activities that will promote the use of Dept of Veteran Affairs services.

Present educational programs about combat veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Readjustment Counseling Service.

Perform administrative tasks assigned by VITAL program officials.

Maintains case records in accordance with program guidelines and professional requirements.

Implement legal and ethical standards of service delivery, privacy and confidentiality.

Participates in administrative, staff, clinical, and in-service meetings and training as required.

Maintains knowledge of veterans’ rights, benefits and programs.

Recruitment/ Relocation incentive has not been authorized.
This position is covered by the Bargaining Unit.
Work Schedule:  Full-Time, 40 hours per week

Travel Required

  • Not Required