The Pain Psychologist operates as a part of the Interdisciplinary Pain Team and provides consultation, assessment , and treatment to assist with the management of chronic pain. The incumbent works closely with the other members of the Interdisciplinary Pain Team to provide comprehensive chronic pain services, including shared medical appointments, individual appointments, and group-based care. The Pain Psychologist functions as the primary mental health provider of the Pain Clinic, providing mental health prevention, treatment, management, and professional consultation services in the Pain Clinic. Duties include: Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to chronic pain treatment, with appropriate suicide risk assessment and response. Provides a full range of psychological interventions consistent with train ing and expertise, with special emphasis on chronic pain-specific interventions (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain) and related treatment needs (e.g., sleep/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia). Provides clinical services through the use of tele-mental health/tele-home technology where available and appropriate. Provides individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with pain disorders, and to enhance medical and treatment plan compliance. Provides psychoeducational and supportive interventions for the veteran, for spouses, family members /caregivers, and others that are crucial to improving the veteran's quality of life. Facilitates transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), and provides seamless intervention services, as appropriate. Identifies patient problems requiring consultation with other multi-disciplinary medical center staff and making appropriate referrals. Assures that appropriate referrals to specialty programs, including community resources, are accomplished. This may include ordering the following consults: Mental Health Programs, (i.e., Addictions, Post-traumatic stress, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Compensated Work Therapy, Homeless , PRRC Program), Vocational Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. Ability to work within the interdisciplinary team context to provide recommendations regarding patient ability to participate in treatment interventions for chronic pain, taking into account mental health diagnoses, cognitive status, presence of substance use disorders, psychosocial factors, and other pertinent considerations. Participates in shared medical appointments with interdisciplinary team members to improve patient outcomes to opioid tapers and/or engagement in self-management treatment for pain Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training (psychology practicum students, psychology interns/ post-docs, psychiatry residents). Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units lo which assigned. Is involved in the training of medical students, medical and psychiatric residents, nursing students, fellows and other graduate or post-graduate trainees, as appropriate. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned. Staff psychologists may be involved in research activities, such as preparing RFP's and grant proposal and/or presenting outcome data and research results at VA and regional or national scientific or professional meeting or peer-reviewed journals Participates fully in educational development through staff and service meetings. Assumes responsibility for professional development by attending relevant training and by regularly reviewing the literature to improve clinical competencies Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, as assigned by the Supervisor,Mental Health Outpatient Therapeutic Services or the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. Represents psychology on decision-making committees at the Medical Center or Healthcare System, as assigned by the Supervisor, Mental Health Outpatient Therapeutic Services or the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental Health. Actively participates in local , state and national professional organizations. Represents the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees. Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided in the organization. Fully accounts for entering data such as patient visits, measuring outcomes to interventions, and meeting productivity standards. Is a member of the Pain Committee Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598946500
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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.