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 works within the PTSD Specialty Clinic providing psychotherapy services to the outpatient Veteran population in person and via VTel. The primary age of Veterans served in the PTSD Specialty Clinic is normally between the ages of 18-80 or older, the majority of whom are men. The Psychologist is expected to be familiar with Substance Abuse and PTSD evidenced-based treatments and treatment planning. The Psychologist is expected to attend training (when travel is provided by VISN/VACO), complete the certification requirements for both Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT), and deliver these therapies as part of the standard work for this position. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Coordinates treatment planning and delivery of services that best meet the needs of patients diagnosed with co-occurring PTSD and SUD. Provides direct, concurrent, clinical care using established evidence-based practices for Veterans with co-occurring PTSD and SUD presenting to the team. Provides a range of psychological interventions (individual and group-including Seeking Safety) consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on evidenced-based treatments for SUD and PTSD. Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services, especially in the areas of PTSD/SUD psychological evaluation and suicide assessment. Provides evidence-based treatments to Veterans individually or in group format with appropriate documentation and measurement of effectiveness and Veteran response using clinical judgment and standardized assessment instruments. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Serves as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) for assigned veterans and conducts the duties of this role when indicated. Delivers services both in person and via VTel Supervises trainees conducting direct clinical care. Provides administrative duties including: Scheduling of Veterans and related issues, returning Veterans' phone calls and secure messages, writing reports, attending organizational meetings. Occasionally, provides clinical coverage for an absent staff member, as deemed necessary by supervisor. 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 and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Behavioral Health Service Line, Psychiatry Service Chief, and facility Director. Attends monthly SUD-PTSD Specialist consultation calls and completes any requirements per National position assignment. Collaborates with existing PTSD clinical team members or specialists to provide preventive education and brief interventions for those Veterans who are vulnerable to developing SUD in the future. Coordinates with existing SUD specialty services to assure that the patient is provided continuing care for SUD, as appropriate and as needed, after treatment for PTSD has been completed. Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8a-4:30p Compressed/Flexible: Not available (May be available upon 90-day review.) Telework: Not available (Available on ad-hoc basis) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Hermann@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.