The facility provides care to approximately 82,000 veterans in the midlands and upstate SC. CBOCs are located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Florence, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Rock Hill, and provide primary care, mental health, and telemedicine services. Dorn VAMC is affiliated with the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine and provides teaching services for students and residents. Incumbent is responsible for psychology interventions provided to patients with complex chronic pain and their family members within the Pain Clinic of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS). The pain psychologist plays a major role in the bio-psychosocial support for and empowerment of patients to eliminate harmful psychological behaviors and replace them with healthy behaviors. Incumbent works within a multidisciplinary setting providing diagnostic assessments, appropriate mental health referrals, and evidence-based interventions for managing chronic pain. The modalities include, but are not limited to, individual, group, and family psychotherapies, tele-health interventions, and other interventions such as alpha stim, biofeedback, and environmental interventions. Incumbent consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Incumbent may be involved in the training of psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows and trainees in other disciplines, such as medicine, nursing, social work, rehabilitation and others. Incumbent may also be called upon to assist with a variety of administrative functions for the programs in which incumbent works, for PM&RS, and for the medical center. The position reports to the PM&RS Lead Psychologist. Duties include, but are not limited to: Provides psychological assessment, make diagnosis, and develop treatment plans in conjunction with the veteran to address mental health issues that hinder the medical recovery process for veterans with chronic pain. Conducts comprehensive multi-method biopsychosocial assessments for patients being considered for implantable devices. Assesses risk of harm and implements appropriate safety interventions for veterans. Provides pain management psychoeducation as well as evidence-based treatments to veterans and their family members in individual and group settings. Provides clinical services through the use of tele-mental health/tele-home technology where available and appropriate. Consults with other professionals, participates in multidisciplinary medical team meeting, and advocates for veterans to obtain comprehensive medical and mental health services. Participates effectively and collaboratively as a member of an inter-professional team in designing and implementing treatment plans and providing care coordination. Provides consultation to professional staff within WJB Dorn VA Medical Center and to community providers concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others. Provides clinical supervision to psychology trainees including practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows. Supports the psychology training program, as needed, by serving on committees, presenting at seminars, and other activities. Provides training to program staff and other health care providers. 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. Oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within programs assigned, using data-driven quality assurance processes. Plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs, designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches. Presents outcome data and research results as VA and regional or national scientific or professional meetings. Assists in preparation of RFP's and grant proposals, as assigned. Assisting the OIPP Program Director with the collection and analysis of data for further program development of OIPP and other Behavioral Health programs within the pain department. Serves on medical center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. Represents the PM&R service on decision-making committees at the medical center or healthcare system. Provides services to promote the efficient operation of the medical center. Represents the medical center at professional/program community group/events and committees. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (subject to change based on agency needs) 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.