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 The Psychologist provides Outpatient Mental Health services to the Veteran population enrolled at the Massena, Watertown Community Based Outpatient Clinic's and the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Services include provision of high quality individual and group therapy, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of care to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies, as needed by the client. The Clinician demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients, being sensitive to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the Veteran, and be able to provide current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this Veteran population. It is the responsibility of the Clinician, working within the interdisciplinary treatment team, to share in the development of a treatment plan with the Veteran based on the psychosocial assessment. The Clinician is responsible for obtaining/maintaining training in Telemental Health and all other virtual modalities supported by the VA and be able to offer this to Veterans when clinically appropriate. The Clinician will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver. When appropriate and feasible, the Clinician will educate and encourage the Veteran to advocate on his/her own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. The Clinician provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer Veterans and family members/significant others to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. The Clinician will develop a psychosocial assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran and family members/significant others. The Clinician is responsible for contributing to the development of the treatment plan and setting achievable (SMART) treatment goals with the Veteran, family members/significant others. The Clinician is responsible for using appropriate modality to author treatment plans (MHS) in collaboration with other treating providers within expected timeframes. The Clinician will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs. The Clinician is responsible for educating the Veteran and family members/significant others of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. The Clinician will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each Veteran. Work Schedule: Full time; Day tour; evenings, nights, weekends, holidays may be required as needed. 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.