The West Palm Beach VAMC opened its doors June 26, 1995 and provides primary and secondary level health care to eligible Veterans in a seven-county area along Florida's Treasure Coast. Comprehensive services include medical, surgical and psychiatric inpatient care and outpatient services in each specialty. In addition, extended care services offer community residential care, adult day health care, respite and hospice in addition to nursing home care. Applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an award under the provision of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Final decision on an EDRP award amount is contingent on the availability of EDRP funds. As a Licensed Provider for the Department of Veterans Affairs, you will practice independently in the provision of psychological services, engage in professional and scientific work which relates to behavior, capacities, personality, interests, emotions and mental disorders, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section. VA West Palm Beach Suicide Prevention Psychologists/Coordinators work with West Palm Beach VAMC behavioral health providers and community organizations to assist Veterans during times of crisis and ensure Veterans receive the health care and support they need. This psychologist position is under the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service and duties include working with and clinically supporting the Consult & Liaison Team. In addition to providing direct patient care, responsibilities also include supportive administrative duties. Clinical Duties include: Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including psychological assessment services and diagnoses of mental disorders with complex patients presenting with complex mental and physical problems who are in the Medical Floors, Outpatient or Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Provides quality psychological assessments to include cognitive screening, assessment of cognitive functioning, and personality assessments to aid in treatment planning. Provides services to patients enrolled at the facility that are identified as high risk for suicide, including conducting comprehensive risk assessment and safety plans. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others related to psychological and emotional conditions. Provides psychological services to treat the full spectrum of behavioral, psychological and mental health problems, to include the provision of Evidenced Based Psychotherapies to include through Clinical Video Telehealth. Provides evidence-based psychosocial and environmental interventions for reducing behavioral and psychological symptoms, such as agitation, aggression, and wandering associated with dementia and other neuropsychological and mental health conditions. Provide screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety-related disorders, and serious mental illness, as well as other mental health conditions, with an emphasis on the application of evidence-based approaches. Assesses and provides treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs. To include adjustment issues to diagnosis, anxiety over medical procedures, waiting for the results or not understanding the physicians' and lengthy hospitalizations - due to difficult cases to diagnose, failure to thrive, poor prognosis difficult discharges and patient noncompliance. Perform capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Provides evidence-based suicide prevention psychotherapies and interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention, Advanced Safety Planning, Problem Solving Therapy for Suicide Prevention, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Provide crisis intervention within the context of treatment. Provides consultation to professional staff within the medical units, inpatient psychiatric unit, and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for the patients in his/her care. Develops, implements, and documents the treatment plan for patients seen, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Functions independently as a member of the West Palm Beach VAMC Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. The incumbent assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Appropriately refers to other disciplines for treatment outside purview and expertise of a professional psychologist. Work Schedule: 1st Consult & Liaison Suicide Prevention Psychologist: Covers Medical Floors, Hospice & ED, Sunday thru Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 2nd Consult & Liaison Suicide Prevention Psychologist: Covers Medical Floors, Hospice & ED, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 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.