The Social Worker independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management to eligible veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social services, and environmental needs. Their health care and psychosocial problems and needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. The incumbent is required to interact not only with the patient but also family, significant others, community agencies and other staff. Screening/Assessment - Incumbent interviews veterans and their family members/significant others to establish facts about the veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment. Interprets and explains VA's treatment and benefit programs. - Incumbent reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment identifying needs and strengths. Effectively uses professional skill, objectivity, and insight. Uses advanced clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and to identifying, viable treatment options. Assesses high risk factors, acuity, and need for services. - Incumbent has the ability to serve veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lacks family or adequate community support network, has poor self-monitoring skills, frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or has significant deficits in coping skills and requires continuing professional psychosocial support. - Incumbent completes psychosocial assessment using professional judgment and advanced social work skills. Incumbent evaluates veteran's situation assessing at-risk factors and develops a preliminary disposition plan. Incumbent involves veteran and family or significant other in all planning. Incumbent makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for any action necessary. Treatment Planning/Goal Setting- Incumbent develops psychosocial treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members. - Incumbent independently concludes the appropriate action, even in instances where actions can have serious impact on the life of the veteran. These might include short-term or long-term nursing home placement. These decisions are based on advance clinical skills and professional judgment regarding the veteran's self-care capability, the family support system, the veteran's health care needs and possible consequences. - On an inpatient/outpatient basis, finds a suitable means of treatment to help veterans and/or significant others copes with stressful situations. Treatment is aimed at helping veterans find practical solutions to problems. - Incumbent continues to assess veteran for needed resources. Incumbent is responsible for educating the veteran and/or family/significant other on the available services. Incumbent will educate on VA medical center benefits as well as community resources. Incumbent is responsible for referral of veteran to needed services. - Incumbent understands the intimidation of bureaucracy, and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. Incumbent, when appropriate and feasible, will educate and encourage veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. - Is responsible for clinical Social Work practice in the area or program to which assigned, including promotion of Social Work services as a key component of treatment. Evaluates his/her practice on an on-going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, or other organized means. Is active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards of treatment. - Incumbent effectively uses professional skills, objectivity, and insight. In cases of antagonistic, indifferent, or evasive veterans and their significant others, deals constructively with both positive and negative reactions, understand disparate values, and reaches veterans and families from different social and ethnic groups. Communicates confidence in the veteran's ability and worth, helping the veteran address problems utilizing large support systems as appropriate. Gives advice, guidance, emotional support, and other assistance. - Develops a working relationships and agreements with other organizations having responsibilities for the same patient population. Maintains a current and productive network of referral resources. Makes provision for referral services from other agencies, community resources (i.e., transition or halfway houses, shelters, etc.), and other Governmental agencies to resolve problems. Administration Responsibilities - Receives and completes requests for services (consults) from interdisciplinary team members and from other Social Workers on complex, difficult cases, using advanced practice skills and expertise. Also provides consultation to Social Workers and interdisciplinary team members. Is responsible for development and maintenance of professional standards of practice and educating others about them. There will be other administrative duties as assigned by supervision. Work Schedule: M-F 8am to 4pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600052200
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.