MEDCOM

Clinical Psychologist

US-CA-FT. IRWIN
Job ID
2017-4427
Category
Behavioral Health
Salary Range
96,700-125,700
Recruitment Bonus
Negotiable
Relocation Assistance
Negotiable
Student Loan Repayment
No

Overview

This position is located with the United States Army Medical Command, Weed Army Hospital, Community Mental Health Services, Fort Irwin, California.

 

Weed Army Community Hospital's Community Mental Health Service is located at Fort Irwin, CA, located 37 miles NE of the city of Barstow, Calofirnia. Located in the Inland Empire midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Barstow offers the conveniences of small town living with the resources of major metropolitan areas only a short drive away. The extensive city park system features play areas, pools, bowling alleys, golf courses, tennis and volleyball courts, ball and soccer fields, batting cages and in-line roller hockey.  Residents also enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, off-roading, and desert exploring.  Ft. Irwin is only a short drive to the historic mountain valley community Big Bear Lake.  The natural beauty of Big Bear Lake attracts boating enthusiast, cyclists, hikers, runners, snowboarders and skiers from all over the world.

 

Nearest airports are located in Ontario, CA (120 miles), Los Angeles (175 miles) and Las Vegas (180 miles).

 

 

As a Psychologist, you'll be responsible for performing psychological assessments and evaluation of eligible clients who have problems with personality, emotional adjustment or mental illness. Analyses and interprets complete psychological data concerning the client and accesses factor of personality structure and dynamics as they affect attitudes and interests. Assists clients in making decisions and choices regarding rehabilitation issues In term of his/her psychological problems in adjusting to the military environment. Assists In the development of treatment plans and educational programs design to help client achieve set goals. Recognize when client's problems of personal adjustment preclude successful counseling. Refers client to other providers as appropriate or informs client of other resources available in the community. Conducts diagnostic interviews to assess client's need for testing, treatment, and follow up.

Responsibilities

Works as an independent professional under the administrative supervision of Behavioral Health carrying out independent duties in accordance with (IAW) generally accepted psychological theories, methods, techniques, and practices. Assignments are received in broad terms with the expectation of autonomous implementation. The incumbent maintains full professional responsibility and individual accountability for professional decisions and actions. Incumbent’s findings, conclusions and recommendations are accepted as being professionally sound by colleagues and organization superiors.

Serves as Psychologist for the Clinic. Makes mental health diagnoses as appropriate in accordance with DSM-IV-TR criteria, or other, more current, accepted standards. Provides individual and group therapy, using various modalities as clinically indicated to include brief problem-focused psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and client-centered therapy. Assesses acute mental health conditions in beneficiaries who present with such issues. Maintains appropriate documentation of patient care in accordance with current unit and hospital SOPs; current DoD, Army, Federal and state regulations; and professional ethics. Maintains performance and conduct in accordance with current unit and hospital SOPs; current DoD, DA, Federal and state regulations; and professional ethics. 

Assesses and provides crisis intervention for individuals and families. Other intervention skills may include capacity to perform stress management, relaxation training, assertive/social skills training, smoking cessation training, substance abuse identification and brief related interventions appropriate for primary care-based practice, weight reduction training, and brief interventions for mastery of anxiety, depression, post traumatic symptoms and post deployment stress symptoms. Participates in related quality assurance activities. Provides individual, couple, family, and/or group psychological counseling utilizing a variety of treatment modalities to child, adolescent, and/or adult patients. Provides psychological and clinical consultation to other professionals and paraprofessionals through established consultation channels. Personal contacts include, but are not limited to, contacts with other professional within the fields of counseling, psychology, social work, psychiatry, medicine, nursing, education and Army unit leaders. These contacts are for the purpose of gathering relevant data and providing consultation in order to facilitate the accurate assessment and treatment of referred patients.

 

Screens and interviews patients, and performs bio-psychological social evaluations, using expert knowledge of general and specific concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relating to psychological counseling; expert knowledge of the full range of psychological testing; expert knowledge of psychodynamics, psychopathology, and therapeutic techniques; ability to analyze clinical assessments of patients; skill in written communication; and skill in oral communication. Monitors and evaluates completeness of patient intake. Selects, approves, and documents treatment priorities through a treatment plan. Reviews level of care for appropriateness. Evaluates and approves referral sources. Prepares and delivers briefings and presentations. Conducts meetings, conferences, etc. Establishes cooperative agreements among various treatment providers. Monitors, evaluates, and approves use of community resources. Provides reports and approves consults.

 

Conducts therapy, monitors, approves, and documents all treatment planning, and provides advice for case staffing, using expert knowledge of general and specific concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relating to psychological counseling; expert knowledge of the full range of psychological testing; expert knowledge of psychodynamics, psychopathology, and therapeutic techniques; ability to analyze clinical assessments of patients; skill in written communication; and skill in oral communication. Reviews and approves the appropriate modality of each patient. Develops treatment processes and procedures for orientation of patients. Evaluates information/education processes. Evaluates overall effectiveness of therapeutic efforts. Institutes changes to increase effectiveness of therapeutic efforts. Evaluates appropriateness of treatment plans and goals. Develops treatment plans for the most severe cases. Provides structure and procedures for organization of case staffing information. Approves diagnoses. Establishes policies for case staffing. Uses objective behavioral outcome measures to evaluate progress in treatment. Participates with other professional staff in providing emergency mental health services on a scheduled, rotating, on-call basis to patients during normal duty hours to include screening patients for appropriateness of psychiatric hospitalizations. Coordinates with a variety of agencies to assist with the multidisciplinary treatment of patients. These contacts may include, but are not limited to social work, nursing, community counseling centers, the exceptional family member program, command and legal or other community agencies. Will interact with military commanders and be able to provide extensive knowledge of soldiering and the deployment cycle.

 

Executes performance initiatives (PI) through revision of clinical standards and procedures; performs special actions and a variety of program administrative duties; and performs a wide variety of quality management/quality assurance (QM/QA) duties to meet Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requirements, using expert knowledge of the general and specific concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relating to psychological counseling; expert knowledge of psychodynamics, psychopathology, and therapeutic techniques; ability to analyze clinical assessments of patients; skill in written communication; and skill in oral communication. Evaluates clinical records and monitors all test administration and scoring for quality assurance. Evaluates environment of care. Monitors all risk management issues and takes appropriate action. Establishes and executes performance initiatives. Establishes and monitors objective behavioral outcome measures. Develops and revises professional service plans. Evaluates and revises standard operating procedures. Develops, approves, and executes the professional business plan. Conducts program evaluation. Consults with ancillary care providers. Substantiates the results of crisis intervention. Reviews data provided in reports of special actions. Directs budget priorities; directs manpower surveys; and briefs reports to the command and higher headquarters. Reviews statistical data to modify program goals. Evaluate and approve educational packets. 

 

Oversees and interprets appropriate tests, using expert knowledge of general and specific concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relating to clinical psychology; expert knowledge of the full range of psychological testing; knowledge of psychodynamics, psychopathology, and therapeutic techniques; ability to analyze patient assessments; skill in written communication; and skill in oral communication. Monitors, maintains, and secures test instrument inventory. Approves selection of various tests. Interprets various complex tests. Provides consultation regarding testing and interpreting issues. Evaluates test results for release. Evaluates diagnostic summaries. 

 

Develops, implements, and evaluates professional development activities, using expert knowledge of general and specific concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relating to clinical psychology; expert knowledge of the full range of psychological testing; expert knowledge of psychodynamics, psychopathology, and therapeutic techniques; ability to analyze clinical assessments of patients; skill in written communication; and skill in oral communication. Coordinates inter-departmental in-service training. Evaluates scope of practice and modifies, as required. Evaluates training opportunities. Evaluates orientation activities. Attends American Psychology Association or the National Association of Social Workers approved continuing education training. Adheres to the applicable Code of Ethics. Evaluates professional development activities.

 

Qualifications

US Citizenship Required

 

Must be a licensed psychologist. 

 

A PhD, or manifestly equivalent degree from an APA approved program, and an APA approved internship. Subspecialty positions require additional training and experience.

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