*Incentives Not Available* This Social Worker is assigned to the Mental Health Service (MHS) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Outpatient (POC) Clinic at VA Puget Sound Health Care System located at the American Lake VA Campus in Washington with responsibility to provide direct services for Veterans and their families and caregivers. Individuals assigned as GS-09 grade level social workers are at the entry level and are closely supervised as they are not yet functioning at the independent practice level conferred by independent licensure or certification. Social workers at the GS-09 entry level are typically assigned to program areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience. Social workers assigned as GS-11 level are licensed or certified to independently practice social work and provide professional, independent social work services in assigned areas. Roles, responsibilities, and duties include: Assess and document identified behaviors or symptoms of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or intimate partner violence. Maintain Veteran privacy and confidentiality per policies, handbooks, or directives. Act as an advocate with appropriate VA and community service providers and agencies when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver. Identify family/caregiver stressors, conduct assessments, and provide specific interventions. Provide case management and care coordination to facilitate appropriate delivery of health care services and incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Link the Veteran with services, resources, and opportunities, to maximize the Veteran's independence, health, and wellbeing. Conduct timely assessment of at-risk Veterans and their family/caregivers who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, behavioral health, financial, legal, and psychosocial problems. Provide a range of interventions and treatment modalities which may include individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy. Formulate and implement a treatment plan including measurable, achievable goals identifying the Veteran's needs, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and psychosocial acuity. Serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility and VISN level or in the community. Provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of Veterans, offering professional options based on experience, expertise, and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Establish and maintain ongoing education programs for Veterans, community agencies, students, and staff to facilitate understanding of social work interventions specific to the Veteran/Military population. Provide consultation and psychoeducation to Veterans and Veteran families on topics including community resources, Advance Care Planning, VA benefits, budgeting, activities of daily living, and recovery goals. Provide consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center. Provide specialized assessment and treatment (individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducation) for Veterans with PTSD. Consult with other disciplines and clinics regarding specialized PTSD services. Coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community agencies. Possess general knowledge of Veteran's benefits and services related to special programs, service-connected compensation, and non-service-connected pension. Fulfill ethical responsibilities to Veterans, colleagues, and the VA in accordance with NASW Code of Ethics, VHA Code of Ethics, and local ethics policies. Develop working relationships with the community and VA providers and become knowledgeable with what community and VA resources are available to Veterans. Improve professional competencies by participating in training programs and continuing education. Maintain accurate records of training in accordance with VA policies and state licensure requirements. Adheres to all facility and service line policies and practices for delivery of clinical care. Maintain familiarity and responsibility for all behavioral health performance measures. Assist in development and maintenance of operational plans and strategic goals related to these measures. Maintain current knowledge of, and practice in accordance with accrediting agency requirements. Actively participate in facility committees relevant to PTSD specialty care. Provide supervision to social work interns/trainees as requested. Provide training, education, and consultation to trainees, VA staff, and community partners related to PTSD and other specialized practice areas. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8:00am to 4:30pm. 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.