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    Summary

    The incumbent serves as a Psychologist within the Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC) The major duties are to provide professional services to the veteran population enrolled at the Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC).

    This vacancy announcement will be open continuous until filled. The Open Continuous Announcement allows acceptance of applications until the final closing date. The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered will be 9/30/21.

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    Responsibilities

    This Psychologist position is assigned under the Birmingham VA Medical Center-Mental Health Service. The positions are geographically located in Birmingham, Guntersville, Huntsville and Muscle Shoels, Alabama.

    The major duties of this position are as follows but not limited to:

    Performs or arranges for diagnostic and/or psychometric assessment, as needed.

    Conducts an initial assessment of the patient's overall life situation and documents an initial diagnosis and individualized treatment plan, revising them, when necessary.

    Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with patients and provides specialized individual and group-based empirically supported intervention methods for mental health-related conditions.

    Provides and monitors services to patients with severe stress symptoms, requiring special expertise and continual assessment and clinical documentation of the psychosocial status, treatment status, and rehabilitation progress, including follow-up treatment, crisis intervention when necessary, and serving as a patient advocate, when appropriate.

    Provides consultation regarding patient problems in areas of specialized knowledge, including anxiety disorders and the psychological and vocational factors affecting patient care and treatment.

    Provides behavioral expertise, education, and clinical guidance to Mental Health staff in the management of patients.

    Assesses and coordinates with providers within Primary Care Mental Health and Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC) should other interventions such as psychiatric, medical or palliative care be required.

    Responsible for accurate, timely and appropriate completion of clinical patient care documentation.

    Searches literature relevant to combat related stress conditions and their treatment, reviews and translates research into practical interventions for improved patient treatment outcomes.

    May function as a principal, co-principal, or collaborative investigator, proposing investigations, coordinating their conduct, recruiting subjects, reviewing data, and submitting findings in publishable form.

    Participates in the policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning processes of the Mental Health program.

    Participates in quality assurance and performance improvement activities of the division and of the Medical Center.

    Participates in and meets the requirements of the Psychology Service Professional Standards Board, as appropriate.

    Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge and skills by involvement in appropriate continuing education activities.

    Serves on, or chairs councils, committees, or other work groups at the direction or approval of the Mental Health Leadership.

    Teaches and/or supervises Psychology Interns and other trainees as appropriate.

    Provides educational experiences including in-service education for psychology staff and trainees as well as other Medical Center staff as appropriate.

    Designs and/or implements the evaluation of treatment efforts and programs.

    Consults with or provides psychological services to treatment programs or services outside of primary duty assignment with the approval of the Mental Health leadership.

    Performs other duties as assigned by Mental Health leadership.

    The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Regina Chance, Education Debt Reduction Coordinator, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Human Resources at (205) 933-8101, extension 4418 for additional information.

    Work Schedule: This full-time position will require flexible hours to include possible evenings and weekends.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/580058600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.