The incumbent is the Psychiatrist for the Mental Health Program and is responsible for the provision of Mental Health treatment and services for veterans enrolled in all the various components of the program. Performs clinical work describing human behavior, determining the reasons for that behavior and predicting and/or modifying the behavior. Performs psychiatric evaluations, and treatment of patients with problems of personality, emotional adjustment, or mental illness. Prescribes medications as deemed necessary for the treatment of mental illnesses. Promotes, supervises, and/or performs psychotherapy with patients, either through individual sessions or through group therapy sessions. Uses therapeutic techniques. Based on data gathered through assessments, plans an appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients. Recommends appropriate therapy based on precedent and standards of the profession. Therapy recommended is appropriate for the diagnosis involved and is considered among the most effective for the common condition involved. Develops a comprehensive treatment plan for a wide range of abnormal behaviors. Treatment includes adjusting therapy for the differential diagnosis of functional or organic disorders. Prepares and presents a formal treatment plan to the multi-disciplinary team. Develops comprehensive treatment plans specific to the patient. The patients assigned often have multiple complicating factors (i.e., physical disabilities, lack of support or resources) or other external or environment considerations that complicate treatment. Oversees other professionals and/or works as a key team member providing comprehensive psychiatric and medical care for a group of individuals. Promotes a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional treatment staff. Conducts psychotherapy in difficult, multifaceted cases. Oversees the treatment performed by medical students and psychiatry residents and instructs them in the typical patterns of progression of mental illnesses during treatment. Identifies characteristics of progress and adjustments to treatment that are typical in certain circumstances. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; May include extended hours and some Saturdays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office.
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.