The PTSD Clinic Staff Psychologist is located in the Mental Health Service Line Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinic as a mental health provider with expertise in the treatment of PTSD, in accordance with VHA DIRECTIVE 2000-004 (Definition of levels of specialization in PTSD services). The psychologist's primary duties involve provision of diagnostic interviews, assessments, psychotherapy, and case management for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. **This is an Open Continuous Announcement. The first review/referral of applications will occur 15 business days after the opening of this announcement; after this date applicants will be reviewed as they are received. PTSD Specialist Responsibilities: Knowledge of the most current clinical assessment and psychotherapy research literature as it pertains to PTSD and clinical privileges. Knowledge of, and ability to appropriately utilize evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines for psychological service delivery for veterans with PTSD. Knowledge of and ability to apply advanced professional psychological and neuropsychological theories and techniques to a wide range of veteran populations including psychotherapy, and psycho-diagnostic assessment instruments (such as WAIS IV, RBANS, PAI, and the like). Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Ability to use effective interpersonal and communication skills in dealing with a wide variety of people in gaining their support. Demonstration of annual continuing education activities in the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD in accordance with VHA DIRECTIVE 2000-004 part 4 (2)(a). For supervisory assignments: Ability to provide supervision in areas related to mental/behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability. Clinical Responsibilities: Provides services to veterans with PTSD needing specialized services, through the provision of evaluations and psychotherapy using the most appropriate evidence-based modalities. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual, and group psychotherapy, psycho-educational groups (i.e., coping skills, anger management), and case management primarily with veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Facilitates veterans' timely referral to specialty mental health or substance abuse treatment as appropriate. Provides administrative duties in support of clinical service provision including: Scheduling of veterans and related issues Returning veterans phone calls Report writing Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the medical center or healthcare system, as appropriate. Other Psychological Evaluations and Consultative Services: Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services for veterans with a range of mental disorders including assessment and use of the most appropriate evidence-based psychotherapeutic modalities in providing quality care. Provides neuropsychological screening assessments for veterans. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including psychology trainees, medical students, psychiatric residents, social work students, and nursing students. Serves as a consultant to other Hospital staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Conducts and/or facilitates program evaluation and/or research activities as needed for the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinic and/or Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Department. Academic/Teaching/Training/Research: May hold faculty appointment at affiliated university. Provides educational presentations on salient mental health topics for trainees and colleagues of various disciplines. May choose to plan, oversee, or collaborate in the completion of personal research programs designed to support the mission of NWIHCS. May present outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings, as appropriate Other Significant Responsibilities: May serve on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces as assigned. May be asked to represent psychology on decision-making committees within the NWIHCS. May participate in leadership roles on local, state and national professional organizations. May represent the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Telework, if approved, will be on an ad-hoc basis Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.
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.