Consider this number: 1,045. That’s how many mental health professionals VA recently brought on board as part of the Mental Health Hiring Initiative, a dynamic recruitment effort that supports our commitment to higher standards of care for Veterans.

Are you ready to join that growing number? We invite you to visit the San Diego Convention Center from Oct. 3-6 to talk to VA healthcare recruiters attending Psych Congress 2019 about a career in Veterans’ mental health.

Come to VA Careers Booth 1136 to ask recruiters Keith Liles, Eric Snipes and Larry Elliott about work-life balance at VA, benefits, leadership training opportunities and education support.

“VA is always looking for qualified professionals to improve the lives of Veterans through traditional and innovative mental healthcare,” said Darren Sherrard, Associate Director of Recruitment Marketing at VA. “Keith, Eric and Larry are ready to accept resumes and answer any questions you might have about mental health opportunities at VA and our superior benefits package.”

Discover a rewarding new career with unparalleled benefits

Psych Congress is a unique, integrated forum that connects members of the entire mental health team. This includes psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, primary care physicians and other mental health professionals. The event last four days, and includes practical education to improve patient care. Psych Congress is the largest independent mental health educational conference in the US and focuses on ways clinicians can personalize treatment strategies.

While you’re there, get more information about VA’s competitive compensation for mental health professionals, generous leave policy and free liability coverage. Check out our employment benefits, higher education support through the Education Debt Reduction Program and various other scholarship opportunities.

Mental health practitioners and Veterans in need also benefit from knowledge gathered and shared by the VA National Center for PTSD, the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic stress. The center synthesizes VA and external scientific research to promote better understanding, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD.

Other perks that come with choosing a VA career as a mental health professional include:

  • Flexible work schedules and shifts.
  • Diversity and inclusion policies and programs.
  • Low patient-provider ratios.
  • Career training and enhancement opportunities.
  • Dining options and a tax-free retail store.
  • A smoke/drug-free workplace.

Choose VA at #psychcongress2019

With a bigger (and growing!) team, we can provide more Veterans with access to lifesaving, high-quality care.

Check out VA’s booth at Psych Congress 2019 and consider choosing VA for your mental health career.

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Published on Oct. 2, 2019

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  1. ICDST October 16, 2019 at 6:03 am

    very nice data and shared article.

  2. Naijapace October 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    This is Impressive

  3. Naija guy October 11, 2019 at 2:42 am

    How can this be done

  4. John Jax October 6, 2019 at 6:56 am

    This career will be complicating for a noob. But overall its great

  5. Jonny October 2, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    It good ideas I love it

  6. H.Edmond Roberson October 2, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Alas, the VA seems to think that graduating from a CACREP or COAMFTE program is more important than having served in the military, provided veteran behavioral health for more than fifteen years, and having been trained in the VA’s preferred interventions for trauma (PE, CPT, and yes even EMDR). Program certifications may have some benefit for newly-minted providers, but at some point, the academic program becomes considerably unimportant. If you got rid of the program accreditation requirement for hiring, I’d apply.

    The VA’s BH leadership positions seem to be (I don’t know this for sure) largely limited to social workers and psychologists which seems somewhat arbitrary when it comes to clinical leadership and management. Surely there are some counselors who can provide just as effective leadership and management to VA BH teams as social workers and psychologists.

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