*Incentives Not Available* The Psychologist in the Mental Health Service at the Alaska VA Healthcare System (Alaska VAHCS) conducts psychological and/or neuropsychological assessment, diagnoses and treats mental disorders at the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP.) The MHRRTP program provides residential treatment and services for Veterans with multiple medical conditions, mental illness, addiction, or psycho-social deficits. Examples of duties include the following: Clinical Responsibilities: Assessment: Independently conducts wide-ranging psychological assessments of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning of Alaska VAHCS clients and provides consultation to the interdisciplinary treatment team regarding the impact these difficulties have on psychological and physical well-being and any interaction with treatment team, and makes recommendations to the team for effective coordination and management of cognitive, physical and mental distress. Assists in developing new assessment or measurement devices for the Mental Health Services client population. Serves as authoritative source of information in the use and interpretation of behavioral and self-report assessments and is capable of training and supervising others in their use. Provides expert consultation to other Mental Health Services programs with regard to client assessment. Treatment: Based on assessment data, plans appropriate clinical treatment for individual clients. Conceptualizes, develops and presents detailed treatment plans for full range of psychological services for Mental Health Services clients. Clients' ages and varying environmental factors are extremely diverse. Oversees other professionals and works as a key team member providing comprehensive psychological and medical care for Mental Health Services clients. Promotes a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the treatment staff. Promotes, supervises or provides individual and group therapy. Conducts therapy in difficult, multifaceted cases. As expert in clinical psychology, serves as key member of the interdisciplinary team providing the full range of behavior therapy and other psychological therapies for a widely diverse client base. Effectively uses a variety of clinical modalities [e.g., Behavior Therapy, Behavior Modification (Behavioral Rehearsal, relaxation training, assertiveness training, systematic sensitization, etc.), Cognitive Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Maintains currency in evidence based therapeutic techniques; and when appropriate, uses newly proven or experimental treatments. Continually monitors client's progress. Independently exercises authoritative judgment in the adjustment of treatment plans. Determines when reassessment is appropriate and adjusts treatment plan accordingly. Case Management Responsibilities: Timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. Responds to client request for release of records; returns telephone calls; linking of services and appropriate referrals as needed in a timely fashion. With permission from client, collateral consultation with significant others/support systems to aid in the facilitation of client treatment. Providing and, where appropriate, referring patients, families and significant others for counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention. Promoting patient independence and achievement of optimal health through appropriate psychosocial education and community referrals. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of relevant clinical reminders for all patients. Administrative responsibilities: Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by ACOS Mental Health, Social and Behavioral Health, or duly appointed designees. Attends monthly Psychology Service staff meetings and complies with Psychology Service case consultation and review procedures. Completes assigned Performance Improvement activities at the program, service line, and medical center level. Responsible for identification of client problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and treatment programs and makes appropriate referrals. Attends regularly scheduled or ad hoc treatment team meetings to ensure efficiency and continuity of service delivery to specialized client population. Attends annual training programs sponsored by the VISN, VAMC and other APA recognized training programs to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities in area of specialization. Participates on selection panels for Staff Psychologist position vacancies or other positions as assigned by Chief of Psychology. Provides clinical supervision to non-licensed staff, psychology interns, and practicum students, as required. Work Schedule: 8AM - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598875200
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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.