The Senior Social Worker located at a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs. The incumbent practices independently in an ambulatory care setting with minimal clinical supervision. Supervision provided by a social work supervisor is administrative and professional in nature. The CBOC Senior Social Work possesses the knowledge and skills to determine priority for services. The Veterans serve may present with complicated health care and psychosocial needs that require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. The CBOC Social Worker is responsible for providing community based mental health treatment and psychosocial intervention to address a broad range of medical and mental health issues. The incumbent serves Veterans who tend to have serious, frequent and severe crises, lack family or adequate community support networks, frequently fails to comply with instructions and treatments; have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing psychosocial support. The CBOC Social Worker provides a continuum of care encompassing crisis intervention, individual, group, couple and family counseling, demonstrating possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Due to the limited mental health services available in the CBOC they serve the incumbent must collaborate with community partners and maintain current knowledge and information regarding mental health and social work services in the community. The Social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advance practice level. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice such as serious mental health diagnoses of PTSD, TBI, mood disorders, geriatrics or complex unstable medical conditions. Duties include but are not limited to: The Social Worker in the CBOC performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. They are responsible for the overall function of program development, recruitment of Veteran patients, case management, networking with community resources, and coordination of care with the psychiatrist and medical staff on site as well as various departments and community facilities in the primary service area. The incumbent coordinates screening of Veterans for specific programs such as PTSD, SUD, MST, Homeless Services, Veterans Justice Outreach and provides ongoing treatment and documentation per VA Guidelines and facility policy. The incumbent has a primary responsibility for providing education on advance health care planning and facilitates psycho-educational and support groups on a variety of topics for Veteran and their families. The social worker has the ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Provides training to Social Work interns, residents and staff from other disciplines. Topics include the impact of psychosocial and psychiatric issues that may directly affect their care. The CBOC social worker has extensive knowledge of medical center policies and procedures, VHA and VBA regulations. The Social Worker receives and completes consults from interdisciplinary teams and other social workers on complex difficult cases using advance practice skills and expertise. Incumbent is able to provide, crisis, individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans with polytrauma, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, and other serious disorders. Incumbent also provides consultation to referral sources and is responsible for development and maintenance of professional standards of practice and educating others regarding same. The Social Worker documents independently in CPRS electronic medical records, including psychosocial assessments, diagnostics, treatment, progress notes, follow up and referrals. The Social Worker interviews and conducts psychosocial assessments to establish Veteran's treatment needs, presenting problems, and DSM IV diagnoses. The incumbent assess high risk factors, acuity and need for services. The Social Worker interprets and explains VA treatment and benefit programs. Work schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday) Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement Title: Social Worker Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.
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.