Incumbent is a Clinical Neuropsychologist assigned to the Mental Health Service Line and works under the direction of the Chief Psychologist. The clinical psychology program is designed to assist in patient care through psychodiagnostic 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. ** $5,000 Recruitment Bonus Available For Highly Qualified Candidate** Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis until the closing date of this open continuous announcement, as long as vacancies exist. Assessment and Evaluation. Administers, scores, and interprets psychological assessment techniques. 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. 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 potential and past history of training and 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. Group Psychotherapy. May plan, conduct, record, evaluate and report on group psychotherapy sessions, as well as facilitate patient education meetings and therapy programs in addition to the professional processes outlined above in paragraph 2. May conduct family therapy sessions. 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 operations of the Mental Health Partners Outpatient Clinic and occasionally to problems referred by other services. May serve persons other then patients, such as screening or counseling of personnel when they are referred. Research. May review professional literature for research planning, hypothesis development, instrumentation, data, analysis, and scientific reports. May conduct research that is local, fact-finding, or basic and developmental. May also conduct research that involves direct or indirect service to patients or to the medical center. Training. May plan and personally participate in station-wide training programs and in the training of psychologist 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. Program Services: The neuropsychological/psychological assessment program may include the following elements to be implemented by the Neuropsychologist, devoted to the specific needs of the veteran population (1. through 5. are core elements; some of these duties and responsibilities may be shared with the Chief Psychologist or other staff psychologists): 1. Neuropsychological evaluation and psychological assessment. 2. Competency evaluations and decisional capacity evaluations. 3. Coordination of evaluations to inpatients and outpatients. 4. Consultation to VA service providers/services regarding the cognitive functioning and psychological status of veterans. 5. Education to patients, family members, and significant others. 6. Training and/or clinical oversight of psychology interns, psychology practicum students, and unlicensed graduate psychologists. 7. Supervision of psychology technicians. 8. Managing the acquisition and maintenance of test materials. 9. Performing Compensation & Pension evaluations. 10. Provide individual, family, or group psychotherapy/counseling in conjunction with multidisciplinary treatment and discharge planning; intervention will be determined by patient needs, utilizing a variety of accepted treatment techniques. Must be know regarding and able to apply empirically supported interventions. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm - Evenings and weekends maybe required. 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.
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