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 incumbent is located within the Mental Health Service with primary assignment as a clinical psychologist in the Mental Health Clinic (MHC). He or she serves as the lead clinician for the Access Team in the MHC and as a Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) team member with emphasis on provision of a full range of evidence based, behavioral and mental health services. Major duties and responsibilities include: Clinical Responsibilities (80% of the time) Provides clinical care management when appropriate directly to an assigned cohort of patients. Provides a full range of psychological services to typical and atypical cases in areas of patient treatment assignment, consistent with approved clinical privileges and type of hospital appointment, with evidence of acceptable work quality by satisfactory supervisory of peer case review ratings and not more than one documented justified complaint/ observation of errors in professional procedure/judgments during the rating period. A full range refers to counseling/psychotherapy, psychological testing/evaluation, interviewing, therapeutic programming, counseling, team participation, chart documentation, and specialized techniques appropriate to specific treatment assignment area. Maintains productivity and documentation standards as indicated by maintaining casework loads in compliance with established service policies and response to requests for patient treatment services in a timely manner. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for cases as assigned. Engages in measurement-based care. Exhibits the capacity to develop effective work relationships with patients, team members, and relevant hospital employees. Ethics and Continuing Education. Complies with guidelines published for ethical standards of psychologists by the American Psychological Association and maintains professional knowledge and skills by receiving continuing education that satisfies state licensing requirements. Administration (15% of the time) Planning/Organization - Completes special tasks, reports, and service committee assignments within specified due dates. Functions as the Access Team's Lead Clinician and coordinates the Same Day Access needs in the MHC. Policy Compliance - Exhibits compliance with Medical Center and Mental Health Service policies. Maintenance of Communication - Informs treatment teams with whom the psychologist works (i.e. BHIP, PC-MHI, CBOC, MH Specialty Programs, C&P, etc.) regarding the availability, coverage, limits of competence, and professional issues affecting the delivery of psychologist services to these teams. Research/Quality Management - participates in quality management activates of the Medical Center and/or research projects approved by the Institutional Review Board. Activities also include participation in the Peer Review, chart reviews for QMS, and reviews of psychological research pertinent to one's job assignment. Academic/Teaching/Training (5% of the time)??????? Interdisciplinary Training - Solicits or, when requested, assists other hospital services in training within areas appropriate to psychological knowledge and skills. Actively participates in the Psychology Training Committee meetings. Psychology training: Actively participates in the supervision of pre-doctoral and practicum Psychology trainees, and may participate in the supervision of trainees in other disciplines, including medical and psychiatric residents assigned to the MHS for rotations. Administrative/Program Evaluation/Outcome Measurement/Research Actively works to support program planning, outcome evaluation, and staff development activities. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Chief (or designee) and facility Director. Attends regular Mental Health Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service peer review procedures. Supports the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements if/when these become required for the clinical performance measures or best practice guidelines, using a data-driven quality assurance process; Monitors and establishes procedures to contribute to the improvement of population outcomes for Medical Center patients. Participates in program-wide outcome evaluation studies. Grade distinctions: At the GS-13 level, you would be performing the above duties and responsibilities as an independent licensed provider. At the GS-11 and GS-12 levels, psychologists function under the supervision of a licensed psychologist unless independently licensed and credentialed and privileged by the Medical Center. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. There may be some minor changes in work schedule to accommodate the needs of the agency. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidates!
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