The Health Behavior Coordinator & Primary Care Mental Health Integration Psychologist is assigned to Outpatient Behavioral Health at VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, White City, Oregon. The Psychologist provides health coaching, motivational interviewing, health behavior change critical in addressing the main behavioral factors that contribute to preventable disease, specifically tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor diet, unhealthy alcohol use, and weight issues. The Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) collaborates with Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT) clinicians and members of the interdisciplinary team to provide training, clinician coaching, and consultation regarding health behavior change issues that are integral to the delivery of effective Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) services and programs. This position is half-time administrative and half-time clinical. Clinical work is allocated to health behavior change, predominately through assisting with nicotine cessation interventions and brief interventions through Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI). He/she works closely with the physician team lead, nurse case manager, and all teamlets to provide the therapeutic, counseling, and mental health support for Veterans. The work is comprised of providing clinical services consistent with accepted standards of ethical and professional mental health treatment. Other duties include but are not limited to the following - Plans, develops, adapts, implements, and assesses efficacy of health behavior interventions for the promotion of health and to address health risk behaviors as part of disease prevention and chronic disease management. Contributes to training of primary care PACT staff and others in evidences-based strategies to effectively communicate with, motivate, coach, and support patients in being aware of relevant health behavior risks assisting patients in clarifying personal goals for health promotion and disease prevention programs, and developing individualized patient self-management plans. Assists in nicotine use cessation programming and preventative promotion. Contributes to behavioral health programs such as MOVE. Performs specialty health psychology assessment and intervention (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery, mental health evaluations for transplants. Develops and/or makes available relevant education and training programs for all Primary Care and other Service Line providers to ensure that culturally competent care is provided. Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to the primary care setting, especially in the areas of general psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems and suicide assessment. Provides a full range of psychological interventions consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions found to be effective in primary care settings. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate tot he primary care setting and the specific presenting mental or behavioral health issues. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8a.m.-4:30p.m.; flexible tours may be available 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.