This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The psychologist for whom this functional statement applies is assigned professionally to the General Mental Health Section of the Psychology Service of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, and will function as a full member of the Mental Health Medical Staff. This position serves the outpatient mental health clinic but may also include after-care and post-hospitalization clinical duties. It requires familiarity with a recovery orientation to the care and treatment of substance abuse, mental illness, and knowledge of evidence-based psychotherapies and techniques applicable to this setting. Duties include, but not limited to: Outpatient General Mental Health (50% of time) Compensation and Pension Examinations (50% of time) Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnostic evaluations for complex or unusually difficult patients with psychiatric disorders. Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnostic evaluations for Veterans who have applied for a service-connected disability rating. Provides Compensation and Pension (C&P) reports for the Veterans Benefits Administration. Provides comprehensive examination reports to assist in the adjudication of benefits in compensation for occupational and/or psychosocial disability. Provides consultation to professional staff within Phoenix VA HCS and to VBA staff concerning clinical assessment findings. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others. The psychologist will provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic EBP) interventions as described below: Within the Outpatient Mental Health setting, the psychologist will provide full-scale assessment and full-scale individual and group therapy using protocols such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Depression and Insomnia, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy for Depression (IPT), and/or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Provides consultation to professional staff within Phoenix VAMC or Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) 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 Phoenix VAMC Medical Staff, with clinical privileges. The psychologist assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Assists the Section Chief in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for the Veteran population served. Adheres to operational policies and procedures for health care as directed by the Medical Center and Section management. Assists the Section Chief in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. 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). Attends relevant Psychology Section, Service, and MH&BSS meetings and complies with quality review procedures. Provides education to mental health inpatients, family members, and significant others. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. May be involved in didactic teaching of Psychology Service trainees and/or clinical supervision and training of Psychology Service trainees Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: This position may include a flexible work schedule, including early evening hours and week-end duties. Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Staff Psychologist/PD000000 EDRP Authorized: Contact , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.