You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nation's Veterans! The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. America's Veterans need you! 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. 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. 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. 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 Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. 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 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. Provides psychological services to treat the full spectrum of behavioral, psychological and mental health problems, to include the provision of Evidenced Based Psychotherapies, family, couples and group psychotherapies. 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. 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. Incumbent will also provide crisis intervention within the context of treatment Provides consultation to professional staff within the 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. May be called upon to provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology practicum students and/or psychology interns as needed. Tour of duty: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00am to 6:30 pm 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.