Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 876404 

TOUR OF DUTY: M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

 

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is 11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

 

Duties

The Clinical Social Worker provides mental health services to Veterans enrolled at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Dublin, GA and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).   The incumbent Social Worker (SW) is assigned to the Suicide Prevention Program within the Mental Health Service Line and is responsible for case management and clinical intervention of Veterans who are identified as "high risk" for suicide or suicide behaviors.

 

The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of at risk Veterans as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care.   Case management responsibilities also include providing supportive services to families.  In addition, the incumbent assists at risk Veterans in coping with acute illness, chronic illness, combat stress, the residuals o traumatic brain injury(TBI), community adjustment, addictions and other health and mental health problems.   The social worker refers to the appropriate programs to facilitate care in these areas.   Social Work case management practice, which includes psychosocial assessment, diagnosis and treatment is focused on helping at high risk Veterans and their families maximize behavioral health rehabilitation and treatment potential and achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive emotional and social functioning.

 

The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans referred into the Mental Health Service Line.   The incumbent completes(or reviews a completed) psychosocial assessment as part of the consult process when the Veteran is initially referred to the Mental Health Clinic.   Other social work services include Solution Focused and/or Evidenced Based Practice psychotherapy with individuals and families who may be in crisis, supportive counseling as needed, and referral as warranted.

The incumbent:

    ·         Must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans in the Mental Health Service and/or their families. The incumbent is able to independently work with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial problems.

    ·         Must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must be able to utilize this assessment in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable.

    ·         Must possess a thorough 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 possess knowledge and ability to independently implement Evidence Based treatment modalities, provide counseling and/or supportive groups and psychosocial education for Veterans and families.

    ·         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.

    ·         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.

    ·         Must serve as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services. This involves coordination of Veteran and family involvement in the development of treatment plans.

    ·         Must be experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, staff will follow the protocol of his/her respective mental health clinic and the facility at Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

    ·         Must provide consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives. This includes the incumbent's knowledge of the process of accessing and/or coordinating community –based services, including information and referral for additional services to other VA programs, other government programs and community programs.

    ·         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.

    ·         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.

    ·         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.

    ·         Must possess and demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with people from varied backgrounds.

    ·         May be responsible for a tour of duty that includes early morning, evenings and/or weekends and participation in the On-Call Rotation Schedule to accommodate patient care needs during weekends, holidays, evenings and nights.

    ·         The incumbent will, as appropriate, supervise the practice of social work students, or a less experienced social worker.

     

    Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.