This Psychology floater is assigned to the Mental Health San Juan Behavioral Health Clinic (BHIP) of the Psychiatry Service. The Staff Psychologist shares clinical responsibility for the continuing management of assigned patients with the interdisciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, PharmDs, and nurses/ care managers. The floater psychologist participates from a daily huddle with the SJ BHIP Program manager and maintains a close communication throughout the tour of duty. The SJ BHIP program manager or delegate assigns daily duties to the floater psychologist based on service clinical needs. The selectee will perform his/her clinical responsibilities with considerable independence but may seek consultation and/or peer supervision as needed. Some of the duties include, but are not limited to: Performs initial evaluations/ consultations of patients referred to the BHIP, establishes the behavioral health level of care needed, initiates treatments and coordinates the follow up with the patient and the interdisciplinary team. Ensures that appointments are coordinated with BHIP (HAS) staff. Plans and conducts individual psychotherapy utilizing therapeutic models and techniques for the mental health population including evidenced based therapy. Coordinates consultations, referral of patients. Performs progress notes, orders and medical record reviews using the computerized medical records system (CPRS) in a complete and timely manner. Performs assessment/evaluations and completes screening tools (measurement-based care) as indicated for the clinical diagnosis identified. Identifies, discusses, and channels medication management needs of Veterans with BHIP psychiatrists and/or PharmDs. Provides clinical assessment/evaluation of Veterans with difficult and complex mental health issues, selecting then from a variety of resources and clinical approaches including supportive interventions, cognitive behavior therapy, behavior modification, insight-oriented methods, family therapy, relaxation training, etc. Assures that every mental health patient evaluated who is enrolled in the BHIP has an assigned Mental Health Treatment Coordinator, either by becoming it or by assuring assignment within the interdisciplinary team. Coordinates preventive health care needs according to guidelines established by the Department of Veterans Affairs and sound Psychology practice. Has knowledge of standard operating procedures of the evaluation and management of walk-in patients. Maintains an active knowledge of the patient care processes of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the medical center, and its clinics. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: The position encompasses and has the potential to work in multiple different schedules, including regular hours Monday thru Friday 7:30am-4:00pm, extended hours Monday thru Friday 11:30am -8:00pm, Saturdays 7:30am-4:00pm. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Functional Statement: Staff Psychologist (Behavioral Health Clinic). Telework: Not available
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