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 As a Pain/Behavioral Medicine Psychologist at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center the incumbent provides assessments and interventions designed to address issues and symptoms associated with medical conditions typically treated within the Medical Services. This includes but is not limited to adjustment to chronic medical illness, pain management, sleep disorders, weight management, tobacco use cessation, and issues related to non-adherence to medical treatment regimens. The modalities include but are not limited to individual, group, couples, and family psychotherapies. The Pain/Behavioral Medicine Psychologist also provides psychological evaluations for organ transplantation and other medical interventions as required by the clinical guidelines associated with those procedures, including bariatric surgery. Common behavioral health concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, severe mental illness, and substance use problems may be addressed as secondary issues. Incumbent participates in selected clinics within the specialty medicine departments. The Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Program provides services to the primary care clinics, while Behavioral Medicine accepts referrals for treatment of the types described above from both Specialty Medicine and Primary Care. The Psychologist has advanced knowledge of culturally sensitive psychological assessment techniques, diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health and is qualified to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The incumbent is also required to exercise judgment in the selection of or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques, and practices in treating patients or developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of clinical populations. Incumbent may contribute to training and supervision of clinical psychology interns and may have responsibility for training and supervision of behavioral health providers in training in other disciplines. a. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment for a wide range of psychological and behavioral medicine issues for patients with acute and chronic medical conditions and disabilities. b. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions in specialty medical clinics, Primary Care clinics, and through consults/referrals that include empirically validated treatments for anxiety and depression, behavioral pain management strategies, motivational enhancement interventions, couples/family interventions, smoking cessation, weight loss, organ transplant evaluations, bariatric surgery evaluations, psychoeducational interventions and crisis interventions. c. Best practices, practice guidelines and evidence-based treatment protocols are utilized to the extent feasible in all therapeutic interventions. Applies adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders and pain. Experience in providing biofeedback/clinical hypnosis with these populations is highly desired. d. Incorporates new clinical procedures and is open to engage in competency-based supervision to learn evidence-based treatments as needed. e. Provides screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or cognitive assessment is needed f. Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address comorbid medical/mental health needs of patients. g. Provides professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology, especially pain management, but also potentially to include other medical psychology populations (e.g., transplant, palliative care, geriatric populations). h. Provides collaboration and consultation with affiliated departments and programs (e.g., Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, General Mental Health Clinic, Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program, Suicide Prevention). i. Tracks consultations and provides timely contact with newly referred patients. j. Produces timely, appropriate documentation of care in accordance with agency policies. k. Serves as an integrated member of the interdisciplinary treatment team(s) for Veterans, collaborating closely on a daily with the team regarding care for patients. l. Assists with referrals to specialty mental health care as needed. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 EDRP Authorized: Contact Tawana Dillard at firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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