A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. This position has been approved for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please refer to the "Duties Section below" for more information. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 1/15/2021. Additional applications will be referred as needed. Applicants will be referred based on location as vacancies are identified. NOTE: This vacancy is being recruited for as Psychologist, Senior Social Worker, and Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor. Please see "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for details on all occupations being considered for this recruitment effort. *NOTE: Applicant Expiration: Applicants will remain active for 3 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period. The Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Psychologist, is administratively within Psychology Service Line within the Mental Health Service Line. The incumbent functions as part of a multidisciplinary general mental health team, diagnoses and treats mental disorders, conducts psychological and cognitive assessments, and provides consultation to other providers regarding mental disorders. The core of the incumbent's duties is general service delivery for a wide range of mental and emotional concerns, especially treatment of, and consultation on, disorders considered to be serious mental illnesses (e.g., mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders); whereas, mental disorders of mood, anxiety, and trauma-adjustment of mild to moderate severity, can often be treated within Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). The Incumbent is expected to conduct treatment sessions that are generally 30 to 45 minutes in length and can span in number from 12 to 20 visits for most concerns. Overall treatment duration of personality disorders can span from between 12 to 24 months. The BHIP Psychologist can expect to treat 6-8 patients per day and will coordinate with providers of various disciplines for completion of intakes and treatment plans with patients. Administrative Responsibilities: 1. May have limited responsibility for and oversight of the administrative and programmatic resources of various clinical programs within the VATVCBHCS. 2. May assist in coordinating programming within the various mental health programs with psychology Program Managers as well as with discipline supervisors of affected staff assigned to these programs. 3. May serve as the representative for Psychology Service on various Psychology Service, Mental Health Service Line, System, or VISN administrative committees or work groups. Clinical Responsibilities: 1. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including the use of psychological testing for major and secondary psychological disorders for patients within VATVCBHCS in areas of special interest/expertise. 2. Performs psychological evaluations for individuals with mental health and medical disorders for purposes of diagnostic clarification and treatment planning recommendations. These evaluations employ a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, as well as objective and cognitive tests when indicated. 3. Provides a range of psychological therapeutic interventions with individuals with mental health and medical disorders with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based treatments for common disorders. 4. Consults with and serves as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in VATVCBHCS. 5. May be asked to assist in the selection, training, and supervision staff at lower grade within assigned program area, Psychology Service, or VATVCBHCS .Academic/Teaching/Research Activities: 1. May serve as a clinical supervisor for psychology pre-doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral level graduate practicum students in psychology and other related disciplines. 2. May prepare and teach seminars/workshops for VATVCBHCS trainees/staff on topics within interest/competency areas. 3. May serve as a member of various VATVCBHCS Mental Health, VATVCBHCS, and/or VISN committees. 4. May choose to conduct approved psychological research that supports the mission of VATVCBHCS alone or in collaboration with other professional in VATVCBHCS or affiliated academic institutions. 5. May choose to apply for a faculty appointment at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact the facility EDRP Coordinator.
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