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 Northern California VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for Psychologist for the Behavioral Health ICU in the Mental Health Service Line at the Mather location. This is not a virtual or remote position, but periodic telework may be approved, as appropriate by supervisor. A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. The clinician holding this full-time position will promote the delivery of psychosocial interventions for behavioral and other psychological problems in the Inpatient Mental Health Unit in Sacramento. They will provide evidenced based, recovery-oriented services to inpatients who have severe mental illness, substance use disorders, and other neuropsychiatric and/or mental health conditions. The clinician will function as a full member of the inpatient interdisciplinary mental health team, including but not limited to active participation in treatment team meetings as well as engaging with Veterans as appropriate and requested through diagnostic evaluations, psychological testing, individual psychotherapy, and psychoeducational groups. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Performs psychological evaluations for individuals with mental health and medical disorders for purposes of diagnostic clarification and treatment planning. Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions in the Inpatient Mental Health Unit, including individual and group psychotherapy, and family care or care provider education. Selects and provides the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care, including evidenced based, recovery-oriented care for psychosis, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders. Serves as a full member of the interdisciplinary treatment team for Veterans on the inpatient unit, collaborating closely with psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and providers of other disciplines. Leads psychosocial and psychotherapeutic treatment planning for Veterans on the inpatient unit. Guides, informs, and coordinates psychosocial and psychotherapeutic programming made available to each Veteran on the unit. Assures safety planning is completed prior to a Veteran's discharge. Provides consultation to medical center staff within in VAIHCS regarding care of Veteran inpatients. Participates fully in peer review and clinical pertinence review to ensure the quality of professional psychology services provided in the organization. Identifies patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals. Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address mental health needs of patients. Completes all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30PM Telework: This is not a virtual or remote position, but periodic telework may be approved, as appropriate by supervisor. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist- Behavioral Health ICU/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified applicants. EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This announcement will remain open until filled with applicants being referred to the selecting official every three weeks.
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.