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 incumbent serves as the staff psychologist for the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) team. This individual will provide a full range of psychological services to HBPC patients, including screening; psychological, cognitive, and capacity assessments; psychotherapy; and prevention-oriented services. Mental health treatment and prevention-oriented services will emphasize evidence-based and best practice approaches. The individual will also provide evidence-based interventions to help HBPC patients manage behavioral factors associated with behavioral medicine problems and to promote medical compliance. This individual will function as a full member of the HBPC team and provide ongoing team consultation services to other HBPC team members. Major duties include, but may not be limited to: Functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services. Provides screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other Axis I conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches. Assesses and provides treatment for sub-clinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, and excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication). Provides psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems. Provide services to the families of veterans with dementia being served by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment. Provides screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed. Performs capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Assesses patients' understanding of advanced directives and other forms of consent and assists staff in determining how to present treatment options and other such material to patients in a format they can understand. May perform other duties as directed. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday; Evening(s), weekends will be required as assigned Compressed/Flexible: May be available for highly qualified candidates Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #: 000000 / Psychologist Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required **THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION**
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