Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): VHA-402-14-JEG-1037497

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. Become a part of Togus VA Medical Center Augusta, ME.

The Togus VA Medical Center is seeking a PTSD Psychologist in the Mental Health Service. We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence. 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.

Duties

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 psychotherapeutic interventions

·         (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 patients.

·         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.

 

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No