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    The principal role of the Licensed Social Worker Outpatient Psychotherapist is to provide psychotherapy services for veterans receiving care in the Behavioral Health Service (BHS) Mental Health Clinic (MHC), as part of a Home Team which utilizes elements of recovery. The position is located in the Mental Health Clinic, Behavioral Health Service, at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.

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    The incumbent follows VACO guidelines and community best-practice standards of care in providing mental health treatment to Veteran patients. Functions include: Provide a variety of direct psychological treatment services addressing the complex psychosocial issues faced by the Veteran patients served in the outpatient General Mental Health setting. These direct services include, but are not limited to: intake assessment, treatment plan development and implementation, treatment interventions (such as individual, family, marital, or small group therapy, trauma, crisis intervention, case management, education, advocacy), shared decision-making and support group development and leadership. Provide a variety of assessment, psychotherapeutic, and training services within the outpatient Mental Health Clinic program setting. Assists Veterans in crisis, in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Team, Mental Health Clinic, Emergency Department, and others. Facilitates referrals for patients in crisis, when indicated. Maintain a caseload of patients. Serve as an active member of an interdisciplinary BHS treatment team that develops, implements, evaluates, and updates individualized treatment plans for identified Veterans seeking care through various BHS outpatient programs.

    Provide occasional coverage for other areas of activity within BHS or coverage while other staff is on leave. Record clinical information in the patient's medical record according to prescribed standards. Collect and maintain required statistical information. Participate on a variety of service and facility committees, task groups, or special projects groups as assigned by Supervisor or BHS Chief. May provide training opportunities and either direct or indirect supervision of graduate Mental Health Counselor students or other related human services students as directed by the Supervisor or BHS Chief. Uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail. Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (VistA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. Maintain tracking system for special projects, and ongoing data requirements. Attend appropriate educational programs, seminars, etc. Participation in an evidence based psychotherapy training sponsored by the VA will be expected, as will completion of the consultation requirements. Provides assessment and treatment of Veterans' mental health and substance abuse disorders, with the goals of quickly initiating care for Veterans who are new to the system or in transition between services or providers; assessing Veterans' needs; planning and providing care; and maximizing health outcomes and decreasing morbidity due to substance-related and mental health conditions.

    Incumbent's role has a direct and significant impact on the effectiveness of health care delivery to the patient population. Incumbent continuously improves individual and organizational provision of mental health care, with focus on Veterans in transition, in accordance with the agency's and Veterans' goals. Specific services include, but are not limited to: Provides initial functional assessments of Veterans' mental health and substance abuse needs; Provides comprehensive substance abuse & mental health intake evaluations; Screens Veterans for risk of suicide or harm to others, and intervenes when indicated using evidence-based safety enhancement strategies; Provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary treatment planning, with focus on integrative treatment for Veterans with co-occurring addictions and mental health disorders; Provides time-limited individual and group psychotherapy for a full range of Veteran patients with diverse clinical needs; Provides Evidence-Based Psychotherapies appropriate to patients' needs; Provides evaluation and treatment through tele-health technologies, as clinically and administratively indicated; Assists Veterans in crisis, in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Team, Mental Health Clinic, Emergency Department, and others. Facilitates referrals for patients in crisis, when indicated. Actively coordinates evaluation and treatment activities with other members of the START team in support of Veterans' transitions into care. Actively coordinates care with mental health staff and programs in Primary Care, the Mental Health Clinic, the Homeless Outreach, the Acute Psychiatric Unit, and other VA and non-VA settings to facilitate referrals and transitions to appropriate services. Works actively with VA and non-VA mental health treatment teams, Veteran family members, and others invited by Veterans to participate in their care.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/579909100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.