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Psychologist (Geropsychologist)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Brockton
Posted on: June 5, 2021

Job Description:

This position is located in Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) Service at the Brockton location and is full-time at 40 hours per week. The duties are carried out primarily at the Brockton VA Medical Center and veterans' homes. The Psychologist functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and consultation services. The Psychologist may also provide coverage for the Jamaica Plain and Lowell HBPC service areas. [ "The HBPC program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease. HBPC targets veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. The primary age of patients treated and cared for are normally at the geriatric level, i.e. 60 years of age or older, although occasionally there may be younger patients between the ages of 18-60 years of age that require care. The position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of these types of patients. Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must be consistently achieved. Duties of this Psychologist position include, but are not limited to: Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and uses the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions. Provides evaluations for wide array of patients representing diverse diagnostic entities. Provides screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches. Provides psychological intervention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems. Facilitates transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), and provides seamless intervention services, as appropriate. Responsible for identification of patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals. Performs capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Collaborates with the HBPC team in suicide risk assessment, management, and prevention activities, as well as assessment and management of other behavioral safety concerns including elder abuse or neglect, domestic violence, or other behaviors putting veterans or caregivers at risk of harm. Participates in the development of the individual plan of care at interdisciplinary care meetings for assigned panel of patients (120-140). Is involved in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing and nurse practitioner students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate. Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided in the organization. Serves on Psychology, service line, medical center, VISN, and/or national VA committees, task forces or rotations, as assigned. Represents the medical center at professional/program community group/events and committees. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM\nCompressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized\nTelework/Virtual/Remote Work/Mobile Work: May be authorized; Work which is characterized by routine and regular travel to conduct work in customer or other worksites as opposed to a single authorized alternative worksite.\nRelocation or Travel Incentives: Not Authorized\nRecruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nPromotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Notifications: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. May be required to attend conference at other facilities or other VA sites on occasion. The incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOCs. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This position is in the Excepted Service. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees. Psychologist may be assigned additional responsibilities in other locations as directed by Mental Health or Psychology Leadership." ]

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Brockton , Psychologist (Geropsychologist), Other , Brockton, Massachusetts

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