The Primary Purpose of the Position is: To serve as a staff psychologist and behavioral health consultant for female Veterans, including conducting functional assessments and providing, brief, problem focused treatment interventions. Group and individual therapy is used to assist female Veterans as needed and as requested by various clinics. Women's Clinic, Primary Care Mental Health Integration. The Mental Health Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System values cultural diversity across our staff and training programs. Mental Health Service leaders are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. Our staff represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, competencies, interests, and theoretical orientations. We believe that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other viewpoints and cultures makes our service stronger and strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality of mental health care. Provides ongoing support to other Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic members. Performs direct in-person or virtual face to face assessment and treatment when indicated. This assessment includes a mental status examination. Communicates frequently with other women's primary care staff and attends women's primary care service meetings Provides chart-based consultation, including E-consults as needed/requested. Maintains availability for informal and "curbside" consults as needed by Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic members. Ensures ongoing availability for urgent or emergent situations Provides diagnostic clarification when needed. Routinely attends Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic huddles for informal consultation and education of the team Offers and provides formal education sessions as desired by other team members Serves as liaison between Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic providers and other mental health providers working with female patients who are receiving ongoing services in general and subspecialty MH clinics. Generally, the Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic psychologist does not provide direct treatment for such patients though should be of help during times of crisis. In such instances, the Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic psychologist is expected to make every effort to contact and involve the mental health team of record or the designated on-call psychiatrist Provides consultation to co-located collaborative psychologists, social workers, nurses, clinical pharmacists, and other disciplines as needed. Psychologists are expected to be able to assist with understanding the often-complex interaction resulting from comorbid psychiatric and non-psychiatric conditions. Works closely with other mental health clinics and staff to identify patients whose episode of illness has been successfully treated to plan termination from specialty care and return to Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic for long term follow-up. In addition to being a member of the discipline-specific Women Veteran's Primary Care Clinic, the psychologist is expected to be a contributing member of the mental health service and attend all psychology community MH staff meetings, and other meetings as required by his/her supervisor. The psychologist bears overall responsibility for the MH treatment of the patient: evaluating and providing optimal treatment, referring to other providers, coordinating activities of MH providers seeing the same patient, documenting an appropriate brief MH treatment plan, seeking consultation when necessary, and approaching treatment within the context of available services within the facility as well as community providers and networks. As required by the Chief of Psychology, in some instances and where applicable, participates in grand rounds, teaching of medical students and residents, as well as psychology trainees (practicum students, interns, and post-doctoral fellows). In all facilities, participates in training and teaching of a variety of trainees in many professions. Must be familiar with medical staff bylaws and fulfill other obligations required of medical staff in the facility, such as serving on peer review committees and other tasks as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00a-4:30p, may include occasional evenings or weekends 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.