The Homeless Programs Psychologist will work in the continuum of Veteran housing services. HUD/VASH is a collaborative effort between HUD and VA to provide permanent supportive housing to the most fragile of homeless Veterans. This position is part of the Homeless Programs continuum of care within the Mental Health Service at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center. Duties include: The Homeless Programs Psychologist works as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will provide direct care with Veterans in their homes and the community along with other HUD/VASH staff. Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Performs routine and in-depth psychological evaluations and neuropsychological screenings. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions for Veterans in Homeless Programs both in the facility and in the community. There is an emphasis on clinical work within the Veteran's home. Performs capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Provides behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain, disability, address sleep problems, promote smoking cessation, and enhance medical compliance. Assesses and provides treatments for subclinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs. Provides psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems. Provides psycho-educational and supportive interventions for the veteran, for spouses, family members/caregivers, and others that are crucial to the Veterans' well-being. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Serves as a general psychologist as part of the Homeless Programs multidisciplinary team. Promotes communication/interactions between team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the treatment in support of housing stability. Provides clinical supervision to trainees as appropriate Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Staff psychologists may be involved in research activities, such as preparing RFP 's and grant proposal and/or presenting outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meeting or peer-reviewed journals May serve on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, as assigned by the Supervisor, or the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. May represent psychology on decision-making committees at the Medical Center or Healthcare System, as assigned by the Supervisor, or the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. May represent the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Ad hoc Telework Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist (HUD/VASH)/PD913050 EDRP Authorized: Yes Financial Disclosure Report: Not required 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
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.