The incumbent of this position serves as a psychologist in the Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic. The primary duty location is the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System (OKCVAHCS), Oklahoma City facility. The psychologist filling this position will be assigned to Psychology Service but will work closely with Psychiatry Service and other center staff as well. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Exercises courtesy in all verbal and written interactions with staff, patients and others. Assists with other activities as assigned by OKC VA Health Care System Management. Provides services as needed using telehealth technology as well as face-to-face encounters limited to those procedures which can be validly administered through a telehealth medium, and to the extent possible. Maintains a professional environment and projects an image of dignity and concern in interactions with patients, patients' families, associates, and trainees. Promotes harmony and teamwork by coordinating and assisting with workflow within the office, OKC VA Health Care System services, and community services. Pursues avenues to enhance personal growth and development; i.e., attends appropriate training seminars, identifies opportunities to expand knowledge base or technical skills, etc. Strives to identify innovations for enhancing the functions of the individual office, the executive offices, and the OKC VA Health Care System. Implements appropriate changes within the scope of own purview and recommends to the supervisor those identified changes outside of own jurisdiction. Associate will support and promote a safe environment by taking appropriate action to avoid or correct unsafe conditions. The incumbent is responsible for the safety of patients and for the maintenance and security of government equipment. In the performance of official duties, the associate has regular access to printed and electronic files containing sensitive data which must be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHS&RA policy. The associate is responsible for (1) protecting such data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion, and (2) following applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc., as set out in a computer access agreement which the associate signs. The associate provides patient care interface which is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, and chronological maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient. The incumbent must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served in his/her assigned service areas. The individual must demonstrate the knowledge of the changes associated with aging and possess the ability to provide care based upon age-related factors as specified on the competency assessment checklist. When needed, associate accurately schedules patient appointments in compliance with VHA directives and guidelines, attending pertinent training when required. Provides coverage during irregular duty hours (i.e. Saturday clinic/Stand-downs, etc.). Serves on OKC VA Health Care System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. Actively participates in leadership roles on local, state and national professional organizations. Represents the OKC VA Health Care System at professional/program community group/events and committees. Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment. Performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning and assessment of the Family/Couples Services, including couple-based interventions for veteran and military families; Provides a wide range of services, including evidenced-based practices for veterans diagnosed with a MI and their loved. Evidence-based approaches may include: Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD/ Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), The Marriage Checkup, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples(EFT/EFCT), Behavioral Family Therapy (BFT), Gottman Method Couple Therapy, Functional Analytic Couple Therapy, Brief Strategic Couples Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Couple Coaching, Strength at Home, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A), Warriors-to-Soulmate (W2SM), Resources for Enhancing All Caregivers Health (REACH) VA Program, PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), multi-family groups, family consultation, and crisis intervention. Work Schedule: Between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Irregular tours and/or Saturday work may be required. 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.