This position is located in the Behavioral Health VA Care Line (BVAC) at the Albany VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. The psychologist functions as part of the staff in the Addictions Treatment Services Program, inclusive of outpatient and residential treatment (12 residential beds) with primary focus in the outpatient program.
The incumbent functions as a staff psychologist in a professional healthcare setting. The incumbent will specifically address the complex needs of veterans who have substance abuse and mental health concerns. The psychologist applies advanced strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. He/she has advanced knowledge of culturally sensitive psychological assessment techniques, diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The incumbent is also required to exercise judgment in the selection of or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques, and practices in treating patients or developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of clinical populations. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, education of staff and trainee supervision. Ongoing program development, training, and evaluation of delivered services in collaboration with the treatment team are an essential part of the position. Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
- Independently provides specialized psychological services at all levels of complexity for patients with substance abuse disorders, with service delivery to include intake evaluation, diagnostic assessments, psychotherapy and patient education.
- Performs clinically indicated evaluations for outpatient and inpatient populations.
- Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions including individual therapy, group therapy, and psycho-education classes. Best practices, practice guidelines and evidence-based treatment protocols are utilized to the extent feasible in all therapeutic interventions.
- Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues to include patient's decision-making capacity regarding health care.
- Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address mental health needs of patients.
- Conducts evaluations to aid in the differential diagnosis of complex cases.
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