The incumbent for this position 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, intervention, and behavioral health 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 care
to patients with substance abuse disorders, consultation services on difficult
or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision. However, the psychologist functioning at this
level also has administrative duties associated with the substance abuse
program in addition to collateral supervisory responsibilities and administrative/managerial
The incumbent for this position is assigned to the Manchester VAMC Substance Abuse Program within the Mental
Health & Behavioral Science Service (MHBSS). In addition to providing direct patient care,
this psychologist does have additional duties as described below:
1. Provides a full range of psychological
assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or
unusually difficult patients.
2, Provides education to patients, family
members, and significant others.
3. Provides comprehensive, evidence-based
psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group
4. Provides consultation to professional staff
within VA and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings
and appropriate treatment plans for patients.
5. Develops, implements, and documents the
psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients,
including prompt completion of clinical reminders.
6. Functions independently as a member of the Manchester
VA Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility
for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and
responsibilities (55% time)
the Service Line Manager in the design, development, and implementation of Substance
Abuse Program. Adheres to operational
policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated
Service Line Manger.
the program manger in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and
data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the
liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate
with national and local performance measures, including timely health care
screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.
with all VHA electronic medical record documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for
documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering
diagnostic and procedure codes).
and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the
Service Line Manager (or designee) and facility Director.
monthly Psychology meetings, intern supervisory staff meetings, and complies
with Psychology peer review procedures.
weekly Clinical Team staff meetings and complies with program directives.
and Training (5% time):
1. Provides clinical
supervision and instruction for the Mental Health Interdisciplinary team
regarding various aspects of substance abuse treatment.
Experience: The ideal candidate for this
position should possess at least 2 Years of substance abuse and mental health
experience. Prior management experience
is also highly desired.