Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1042985 (Include # on all documents)
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?
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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.
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WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday Day Shift
VA Palo Alto Health Care system
(VAPAHCS) is a large and complex VA health care system that provides veteran
health care throughout a geographically large catchments area and is a major
tertiary referral center with three hospital based division. This position
posted is located in Modesto, California, serving on the Primary Care - Mental
Health Integration Team. The
incumbent will be co-located within the primary care clinic(s) and integrated
within the primary care teams. S/he will be responsible for providing brief
assessment for general mental health conditions such as substance misuse, depression,
anxiety, cognitive limitations and reintegration stress. S/he will also
provide care-management (i.e. medication monitoring), brief therapy, crisis
intervention and problem-oriented interventions using evidence-based
interventions such as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior
therapy. Services are provided individually, by group and through
telehealth. S/he may also assist medical staff with psychoeducational and
behavioral interventions targeted at health psychology focused issues such as pain
management, insomnia, treatment adherence issues and other medical conditions.
S/he will be knowledgeable about the variety
of mental health service options available through the medical center and local
community and will facilitate veterans obtaining access to these as needed. The
incumbent will provide clinical oversight for
unlicensed psychology technicians working on the Primary Care-Mental Health
Team. This position is part of the facility-wide Primary Care Mental
Health Integration Program and the
incumbent will help in providing clinical cross-coverage for the team members
at other sites as needed. Staff Psychologists maybe involved in the training
of psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows and
trainees in other disciplines such as medicine, nursing, social work,
rehabilitation and others. They may also be involved in programmatic quality
improvement activities and in providing services that facilitate the operation
of the health care system such as Employee Assistance Counseling, VA Police
Psychological evaluations, and forensic evaluations. Staff Psychologists may
also be called upon to assist with a variety of administrative functions for
Psychology Service and for the Health Care System.