The MHRRTP Psychologist position is located within the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), in the Sheridan VA Health Care System, at the Sheridan VA Medical Center in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (MHRRTP). Clinical: - Promoting the delivery of evidenced based psychosocial and environmental interventions for reducing behavioral and psychological symptoms. - Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety-related disorders, and serious mental illness, as well as other mental health conditions. - Assessing and providing treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs. - Plans and conducts individual and group psychotherapy utilizing one or more Evidenced Based Psychotherapies. - Develops a comprehensive treatment plan for a wide range of abnormal behaviors. - Provides ongoing case management services and disposition planning for all assigned Veterans. - Providing screening of cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a completed neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed. - Performing capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a resident's ability to make medical decision, perform other specific functions, or live independently. - Assessing resident's understanding of advanced directives and other forms of consent and assisting staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to resident's in a format they can understand. - Providing individual and group interventions to support residents mental health related needs, or adjustment to disability limitations, changes in medical status, adjustment to assistive living/nursing home environments, and other life transitions. - Providing behavioral medicine interventions to manage and enhance medical compliance. - Providing behavioral modification techniques for Veterans with disruptive behavior issues to promote wellbeing. Academic Teaching and/or Training - Provides educational leadership guidance and consultation to staff - May provide additional clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure. - May function as a faculty member of the Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship program. - Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees, particularly related to the geriatric treatment setting. - As necessary, develops and provides in-service education to bring an awareness to the Medical Center staff of the veterans' perceptions of their Medical Center experience, thereby contributing to improved staff understanding and attitude. - Offers consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in specialty areas, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective practice skills. - Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. - Promoting the transformation of the psychiatric unit of care to reflect home-like and person centered principles by engaging in direct staff training in person centered interactions with residents, incorporating environmental modifications, and implementing processes and programs that promote resident autonomy, growth, and individuality. - Promoting communication and interactions between interdisciplinary team members, residents and their families to facilitate the treatment process. Research and/or Program Evaluation - Identifies the elements of clinical or administrative practices that contribute or create an atmosphere for customer dissatisfaction, and recommends changes that will reduce or eliminate justified complaints. - Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. - May present outcome data and research at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings, as appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation incentive: May be authorized to a highly qualified applicant.
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.