The incumbent is assigned to the Social Work Service and is responsible for planning, developing and implementing social work activities in assigned segments of the Mental Health/Behavioral Science Section of the service. The incumbent accepts and supports the guiding principles of the Medical Center, performing assigned duties in a manner that promotes quality health care, outstanding customer service, and the maintenance of an environment committed to serving Veterans. The incumbent actively supports and functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to initiatives and continuously striving to improve the effectiveness of the team(s) to which he/she is assigned. The incumbent has responsibility for planning, developing and implementing social work services on behalf of the Mental Health/Behavioral Science Service patients and their families relating to the personal and psychosocial implication of mental health services. Services range from routine to extremely complicated, with the more complicated cases involving depression, death/dying, hospice care, advance directive decisions, and major adjustment to chronic, debilitation illnesses. When needed, the incumbent will provide support to the Mental health Clinic for Mental Health Case Management services and will serve as back up for the Mental Health Case Managers. The incumbent: 1. Must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish, maintain effective therapeutic relationships, and independently work with Veterans in the Mental Health Clinic and/or their families who may be experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial problems. 2. Must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families, utilizing this assessment to facilitate the maximum use of treatment for Veterans to attain the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable. 3. Must actively participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of a resident centered treatment plan. 4. Must possess a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Must also have a thorough knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). 5. Must facilitate discharge planning through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate discharge plans are executed in a timely manner. 6. Must serve as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services. 7. Must possess knowledge/ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling and/or supportive groups for Veterans and families, and evaluate/measure outcomes to interventions. 8. Must provide consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives. This includes the process for accessing and/or coordinating community-based services, information/referral for other VA programs, and other government programs. 9. Must be available to provide consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans and/or their families and the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's health care planning, compliance with treatment, and discharge planning. 10. Must maintain knowledge of Veteran's benefits and services, community resources, and process for making appropriate referrals to community and other governmental programs or agencies. 11. Must possess skills and knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans and their families throughout the continuum of care. The incumbent will be able to appropriately utilize principles of human growth and development over the life span and will be able to assist Veterans in coping with the loss and grief experiences from disability and terminal illness. 12. Must possess and demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with people from varied backgrounds. 13. The incumbent will complete mental health "high risk" assessments and refer Veterans appropriately after comprehensive assessment of all factors involved. Individuals assigned as GS-11 social workers are considered to be at the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Available - Position Suitable Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Mental Health Clinic)/PD40057F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.