The incumbent is assigned to Mental Health Service at the James E. Van Zandt Medical Center and surrounding VA locations. Services included are clinical assessment and treatment including individual, group or family psychotherapy, crisis intervention, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran. At the full performance level The incumbent will perform the following duties: Screening and Assessment The incumbent completes thorough psychosocial assessments and includes pertinent information in all the required areas of functioning in order to determine appropriate diagnoses and other treatment-related conclusions. He/She ensures that clinical assessments are found to be appropriate to the referral question and conclusions are found to be reasonably substantiated by interviews, observations, historical data, collateral data (i.e. from outsides sources such as other treatment providers, family members, etc.) and other data when indicated. The incumbent provides a DSM diagnosis to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. He/She must be able to utilize this assessment in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable. Crisis Intervention The incumbent provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address causation as well as presenting complaints. He/She makes rapid assessments and develop crisis management plans to return Veterans to a state of homeostasis including maintaining Veteran in the home, admission to acute, psychiatric, or short term/long term placements. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, the incumbent follows the Mental Health Service or facility protocols. Clinical/Psychotherapy Duties The incumbent provides psychotherapy as individual, group &/or family interventions when clinically indicated/appropriate and when of therapeutic benefit to the recipients. He/She is willing to be successfully trained and implement Evidenced Based Psychotherapies within their clinical practice. All interventions are empirically support and/or are theoretically appropriate and are provided with emphasis on development of a positive and appropriate therapeutic relationship which is sensitive to the clinical, cultural, developmental and spiritual needs of Veterans. Treatment is arranged in appropriate intervals of time over an appropriate span of time. He/She provides consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans and/or their families and the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's health care planning, compliance with treatment, and discharge planning. Assessments and interventions provided are reflected in the treatment plan and include Veteran and/or family involvement with goals, interventions and discharge plans that are realistic, achievable, and understandable. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am -4:30pm .(Telework negotiated upon hire) 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.