The incumbent of this Senior Social Worker position will provide mental health services to Veterans with Substance Use Disorders within the Mental Health Service located at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Incumbent independently performs the full range of professional social work services for a caseload consisting of predominantly highly complex cases. The incumbent requires specialized knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses, intervention, and treatment. If you ARE a current, permanent employee of the VA or another Federal Agency, then you should apply to announcement: CBST-11132920-21-AH Duties include but are not limited to: Provides specialized evidence-based treatment to Veterans enrolled in the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) service. Conducts a full range of biopsychosocial evaluation, mental status exams, basic psychological test administration, evidence-based individual, group & systems assessment, treatment planning, and psychotherapy. Provides high quality case management, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA and community providers and/or agencies needed by the Veteran. Collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to provide needed services and ensures Veterans timely access to mental health and psychosocial services. Works predominantly with patient population which has highly complex social, medical, and mental health problems. Demonstrates skill in working with patients with co-occurring disorders including depression and bipolar disorder patients with characterological problems, patients with substance use disorders including dual-diagnosed patients, patients with legal issues (criminal, civil, traffic), and patients who are chronically homeless. Demonstrates an ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice, teach or provide orientation to less experienced Social Workers. Develops innovations in practice interventions, and provides clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Represents the social work profession and perspective on an interdisciplinary team that may include other social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other disciplines. Participates in program development within assigned program including community outreach. Participates in tracking the care of Veterans as they move through the treatment process, actively measures treatment outcomes using testing and other measures, and utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and design system changes based on empirical findings. Responsible for participating in clinical program development and is accountable to clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Works in conjunction with the other disciplines to partner in the care of Veterans with complex biopsychosocial needs. Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides safety planning, crisis intervention, coordinates staffing with other team members and/or family conferences when clinically indicated. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-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.