The Social Worker provides Veterans in the Charles George VA Medical Center Primary Care Team with high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination with appropriate VA and community service providers/ agencies as need by the client. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary treatment team as well as with appropriate clinics and programs, i.e. Specialty Clinics, CLC etc. The Social Worker will independently provide clinical psychosocial and case management services to eligible veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. Duties of this position includes but are not limited to: Provides effective, interdisciplinary outpatient general mental health care in a team design Responsible for promoting continuous access to ongoing recovery-oriented, evidence-based, mental health care for all eligible Veterans 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 Reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment identifying needs and strengths Effectively utilizes professional skill, objectivity, and insight Uses advanced clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options Serves veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lack family or an adequate community support network, are poor at self-monitoring, frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychosocial support Independently evaluates the client's situation, including the veteran's reaction and ability to deal with it, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary disposition plan involving the veteran and family or significant others Performs insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia and other high-risk diagnoses Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action Develops psychosocial treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, including goals for psychosocial clinical treatment Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team on course of treatment Coordinates screening of patients for specific mental health programs, such as MHICM, SAOP, HCHV, PRRC, PCT, and provides ongoing treatment per mental health program guidelines Evaluates his or her practice on an on-going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, or other organized means Active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards of treatment Makes adjustments to the psychosocial treatment plan and interventions based on changing needs and response to interventions Initiates and effects changes in methods and interventions to promote efficient practice and improve patient outcomes Communicates confidence in the veteran's ability and worth, helping the veteran address problems utilizing large support systems as appropriate Participates in the assignment of veterans to treatment teams and programs, and consults with other specialists in planning treatment for veterans and with co-morbidities Provides clinical services to veterans and family members in support of the veteran's treatment; giving advice, guidance, emotional support, and other assistance Provides individual and group counseling services, including psychotherapy in some settings Assists and encourages veterans and significant others in facing problems, thinking them through, evaluating situations realistically, considering alternative courses of action, and arriving at plans for using resources to resolve problems Organizes community services on behalf of beneficiaries, developing and coordinating procedures for use of these services by related staff Develops working relationships and agreements with other organizations having responsibilities for the same patient population, and maintains a current and productive network of referral resources Coordinates Social Work services with other services offered in the treatment program assuring such services are complementary and comprehensive Provides case management services to those veterans at high social or medical risk, serving as the liaison to other treatment programs Responsible for providing patients and family members with educational services, and identifying the health education needs of veterans and working with interdisciplinary team members on a plan to address those needs Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Location: Asheville VA Medical Center - 1100 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 Functional Statement: Primary Care Team Social Worker GS-0185-11 Telework: Yes, Ad Hoc Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599359200
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.