This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more **A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Psychologist functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services. This individual may also provide coverage in other geriatric or behavioral health care settings. Duties include: Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of all major and secondary psychological and psychiatric disorders (i.e., Axis I and II disorders) with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based treatments for common disorders, such as depressive, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and other disorders/conditions associated with chronic illness and/or end-of-life. Assessing and providing treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, such as grief and bereavement, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other non-prescribed drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication). Providing psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems. Providing services to the families of Veterans with dementia and other complicated medical/psychiatric conditions being served by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the Veteran, will allow better care for the Veteran and allow the family to sustain the Veteran in the home environment. Providing clinical services through the use of telemental health/telehome technology. Providing screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed. Performing capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Assessing Veteran's understanding of advanced directives and other forms of informed consent and assisting staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to patients in a format they can comprehend, understand and make judgments based on the information. Providing individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with chronic or acute illness, disability and other life transitions. Providing psychoeducational and supportive interventions, in conjunction with the Veteran, for spouses, family members/caregivers, and others that are crucial to managing the Veteran at home. Providing effective interventions with couples or families, when appropriate, to address relationship difficulties, provide support to caregivers of Veterans with dementia or other significant illness/frailty, and/or promote collaboration with the HBPC team for the benefit of the Veteran. May be asked to serve as a clinical supervisor for psychology pre-doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral level graduate practicum students in psychology and other related disciplines. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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