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