is a Clinical Psychologist assigned to the Outpatient Clinic in the Mental
Health Service Line. The incumbent will spend 70% of your time completing
Compensation and Pension Exams and the 30% as a clincial psychologist.
The incumbent may potentially provide various
evidence-based therapies and /or psychological assessments during a portion of
his/her time if C&P demand allows. The percentage of time engages in those
activities varies as the fluctuation in demand for C&P's vacillates. The clinical
psychologist assists in patient care through psycho diagnostic testing and
interviewing, individual and group psychotherapy, training, research,
consultation, and other services typically provided by a clinical Psychologist
in a Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
1.Assessment and Evaluation. Administers, scores, and interprets psychological assessment instruments. Completes psychological assessments and/or Compensation and Pension Examinations as assigned. Obtains and evaluates personal, educational, and vocational histories, reviews records of other services for pertinent data, and prepares evaluative reports. Incumbent interviews and evaluates patients in order to analyze historical and dynamic factors pertaining to their illness with special concern for factors relating to diagnostic, prognostic, and treatment variables. Works with patients who present particularly difficult diagnostic, prognostic, or treatment problems. When assessing or providing patient care, the employee considers the age of the patient as it relates to the ability to understand directions, to provide objective self-assessment, or to respond to any other medical milieu appropriate to the overall treatment plan. This requires the knowledge of psychological characteristics of all age groups.
2. Individual Psychotherapy. May plan, conduct, record, evaluate, and report on individual psychotherapy sessions. Individual psychotherapy refers to the professional process whereby the psychologist assists the patient in working through problems and formulating plans and ideas as distinct from those activities principally concerned with evaluating his/her potential and past history of training/experience. Specifically, incumbent assists patients by evaluating their assets and liabilities and in their attempts to understand themselves, to achieve better interpersonal relationships, and to adapt themselves more effectively to their environments.
3. Group Psychotherapy. May plan, conduct, record, evaluate and report on group psychotherapy sessions, as well as facilitate patient education meetings, milieu and ward therapy programs. May conduct family therapy sessions.
4. Consultation. May consult with other psychologists, consultants, professional staff, medical center management, or individuals and organizations in the community, usually relating to the status of or plans for patients, problems or procedures related to the operation of the Mental Health Partners Outpatient Clinic, and/or problems referred by other services. May serve persons other than patients, such as screening or counseling of personnel when they are referred.
5. Training. May plan and personally participate in station-wide training programs and in the training of psychologists and other personnel. May serve on the Psychology Training Committee. Receives training from staff psychologists and other professional personnel including supervision, in-service training, and station workshops and seminars.