The Central Texas Health Care System is recruiting for a highly qualified Staff Psychologist for our Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine Service located in Temple, Texas. A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. 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 Functions or scope of assigned duties: Engages in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and follow-up. Utilizes a wide variety of individual, group, or family counseling interventions. Treatment approaches include but are not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure, and cognitive processing therapy. Also, uses more substance use disorder (SUD) specific interventions such as CBT-SUD and motivational interviewing/motivation enhancement therapy. Demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills. Serves on an interdisciplinary team with focus on the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and relational functioning of individuals, groups and families and on the counseling approaches, strategies, and techniques that will best help patients function effectively. Possesses basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation and delivery of services, such as Tele-mental health and VA Video-connect (if necessary). Contacts Veterans that have unserved or under-served SUD needs and assesses interest in SUD treatment. These contacts are typically by phone but can be through under modalities. Also, may provide SUD care to these newly identified Veterans. Assesses Veterans in the hospital that are undergoing detox and assesses their need and interest in formal SUD care. Possesses knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Makes professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation. Possesses advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship. Provides subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the counseling process within various specialty areas, build on the foundation of competence through regular meetings and discussions to explain assignments, review progress of cases and confer about the counseling perspectives and orientation. Provides complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Establishes goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/assessment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework: May be authorized. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Staff Psychologist/000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized.
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.