Explore a career in mental health helping veterans at # APA2019 in Chicago


The US Department of Veterans Affairs recently hired over 1,000 new mental health professionals, and we are always looking for more. That’s why we’re heading to Windy City August 8-11 for the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Annual Convention.

A career as a VA in veteran mental health is more than just a job – it is a deeply rewarding mission to give back to those who have served. Our mental health professionals help Veterans recover from diagnoses such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

If this sounds like a mission you can take on, we invite you to stop by Booth 1628 to speak with recruiters Charles Long, Larry Elliott and Keith Liles about the wide range of opportunities and benefits that come with a VA career.

“VA psychologists are working to alleviate symptoms and provide veterans in crisis with the support they need,” said Darren Sherrard, associate director of recruiting marketing at VA. “Conference attendees can meet with recruiters to find out what it’s like to work in mental health at VA, share their contact details, and learn how they can contribute to veteran care. “

Learn from frontline VA mental health professionals

The American Psychological Association’s annual convention is the world’s largest gathering of psychologists, psychology students, and other mental and behavioral health professionals. With over 1,000 sessions over four days, participants can explore the most fascinating topics of psychology, scientific research and thought leadership unfolding in the world.

At APA 2019, you can also learn about mental health issues specific to veterans of the VA health professions during the following sessions:

August 8 conference:

  • What do we learn from the implementation of metrics-based care in the Veterans Health Administration ?, chaired by Claire Collie, Ph.D., Department of VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, and featuring other VA mental health expert speakers.

August 8 poster sessions:

  • Defeated No More: Meaning-Making After Military Sexual Trauma, presented by A’mie Preston, Psy.D., of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio.
  • Researching mental health treatment predictors among members of the post-deployment National Guard service, with Maleeha Abbas, Ph.D., of VA Puget Sound Health Care System-Seattle Division and Megan Schultz, BA, Michele Hiserodt, BS, Mary F. Wyman, Ph.D., of William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Discover the benefits of working with VA

At the VA Careers booth, you will learn about the wide range of benefits available to VA psychologists, including group health insurance with premium coverage (with dental, vision and long-term care), generous leave and free liability coverage that accompanies federal service.

AV vendors can also work anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Guam with a single active license. Other benefits that come with choosing a VA career in mental health include:

  • Flexible working hours and hours.
  • Diversity and inclusion policies and programs.
  • Low patient-provider ratios.
  • Leadership development and mentoring programs.
  • Training and professional development opportunities.
  • Dining options and a duty free retail store.
  • A smoke- and drug-free workplace.

“From counseling to emergency departments, VA psychologists provide a full range of therapeutic interventions to a diverse population of Veterans who contribute to their overall well-being and recovery,” said Sherrard. “We encourage participants interested in a VA career to visit Booth 1628 to share their story and stay informed about job opportunities.

Choose VA at the 2019 APA Annual Convention


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