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    Summary

    This position is in the Acute Medical, Surgical and Specialty Clinics at the VA Maine, Augusta, Maine.

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    Responsibilities

    The Social Worker provides services to veterans, their caregivers and families on the Acute Medical/Surgical, Specialty clinics and ICU unit. The Social Worker is responsible to provide a variety of services for Veterans including psychosocial assessments discharge planning, education and referral for resources and benefits, and case management.
    Duties include but are not limited to the following:

      • Independently owrks with Veterans and their families to complete psychosocial assessments to determine needs.
      • Participates in the treatment planning process with other disciplines.
      • Frequently offers consultation to colleagues on the psychosocial treatment and care coordination of complex patients. Incumbent is seen as an expert and leader among peers in the psychosocial care of medically complex patients.
      • Possesses a working knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, substance abuse disorders, bereavement, common medications, and general medical terminology.
      • Possesses a high level of skill and expertise in establishing and maintaining effective therapeutic relationships with, and in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of, Veterans and their families/significant others.
      • Conducts thorough assessments to determine psychosocial problems that cause distress.
      • Provides consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives.
      • Assists patients and their families/significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness, and death.
      • Serves as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families or caregivers, and VA and community resources, in order to ensure thorough delivery of services.
      • Serves n committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, as deemed appropriate by the supervisor.
      • Develops innovations in practice interventions, participates in program development, assists in assessing and maintaining program effectiveness.
      • Independently assesses multi-factorial medical, emotional, and psychosocial needs as they relate to or contribute to the Veterans, creating a case management plan as needed to adequately respond to patient's discharge plan.

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30AM - 4:00PM
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/582752100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.