The focus of this position is on the provision of psychological
services to veterans enrolled at the VA Maine Healthcare System. These veterans
are typically between 18 and 70 years of age. This position requires the
incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of
these types of patients. Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in
respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must
be consistently achieved. The incumbent applies advanced professional
psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to
a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. He/she has advanced
knowledge of psychological diagnosis and intervention that qualifies him/her to
provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of
disciplines. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include
the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on
difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision.
Specific duties include:
Provides a full range of
psychodiagnostic services within the PTSD program, including assessment,
treatment planning, group and individual psychotherapy, and psycho-educational
workshops on a variety of topics.
Provides education to patients, family
members, and significant others.
Provides comprehensive, evidence-based
(e.g., prolonged exposure/Cognitive
Processing Therapy), including individual and group psychotherapy.
Provides consultation to professional
staff within the VA Maine Healthcare System and to community providers,
concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for
Develops, implements, and documents the
psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients,
including prompt completion of clinical reminders.
Functions independently as a member of
the VA Maine Healthcare System Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges.
Assumes professional responsibility for her clinical assessment findings,
patient care decisions, and documentation.
Assists the program director or
coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs
for a team of treatment providers.
Adheres to operational policies and
procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated MHCL manager
and/or Service Line Director.
Facilitates liaisons with other health
care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.
Complies with national and local
performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of
clinical reminders for all patients.
Complies with all CPRS documentation
procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient
check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).
Complies with established directive in
scheduling own appointments and consults.
Provides clinical supervision and
instruction for psychology and social work interns.
Provides in-house training on a variety
of treatment related issues as requested by the staff.