March 2015 – January 2016 / Inpatient Mental Health Unit: September 2011 – March 2015
Staff Psychologist, Dallas VA Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Supervisors: Alina Suris, Ph.D., Judy Robinson, LCSW, Joel Baskin, MD. 40 hours per week.
Staff Psychologist Duties:
Providing brief individual psychotherapy, conducting psychological evaluations to inform treatment planning, participating in weekly interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, supervising unlicensed psychologists, attending monthly psychology community meetings and participating in peer reviews.
Inpatient Staff Psychologist Duties:
Providing individual and group therapy, conducting psychological evaluations, participating in daily interdisciplinary treatment team meetings and family meetings, supervising intern-level students, attending bi-weekly inpatient staff meetings, leading inpatient staff education, serving on the Inpatient Steering Committee, attending bi-monthly psychology community meetings, and participating in the peer quality review process.
Inpatient Program Coordinator:
Implementation of the VA’s National Inpatient Recovery Handbook. This involves developing recovery-oriented programming for the patients, educating staff about the recovery model of care, facilitating inpatient/outpatient communication to enhance continuity of care, working with the nurse manager and medical director to improve treatment delivery and staff cohesion.
Local Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Coordinator for North Texas:
Coordinating the application of clinicians from the various VA sites in North Texas to the VA national trainings for Evidence-Based Psychotherapies (EBPs), coordinating national site visits and engaging in the follow-up facilitation process, conducting presentations to psychology staff and other disciplines (social workers and medical doctors) about EBPs and their efficacy, participating in monthly national calls, training staff on EBP templates for documentation, and tracking the delivery of EBPs in North Texas.
Instructor of Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior (PMDB): Conduct training for VA staff members in de-escalation and management of disruptive behavior. Training includes Powerpoint presentations as well as physical demonstrations of techniques designed to help staff limit physical harm to themselves and veterans.
Intern and Peer Support Specialist Supervisor:
Supervision of the clinical activities of psychology pre-doctoral interns and peer support specialists on the inpatient unit. Conducting weekly supervision and co-signing documentation of clinical services provided by supervisees.
Training Committee Duties:
Attending the monthly training committee meeting and assisting with intern interview and selection process.
Diversity Committee Duties:
Attending quarterly committee meetings, attending monthly Diversity Journal Club meetings, serving as the Diversity Committee representative on the Training Committee, and participating in the research project conducted by the Diversity Committee.
High Risk Behavior Committee:
Attend monthly meetings to discuss patients who engage in high risk behaviors. Involves listening to case presentations and engaging in problem-solving with the primary clinicians for the case and assisting with the formulation of the protocol for address veterans with high risk behaviors. Also involves revision of current suicide prevention screening measures and protocol.