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    The incumbent, functions as the Outpatient Addiction Social Worker for VA Northern Indiana Health Care Systems Mental Health Services. Services include screening and assessment, substance abuse education, clinical treatment, family, individual, and group therapy, advocacy, providing intensive outpatient programs or other addiction groups, aftercare groups for continuing support, various responsibilities with the suboxone clinic, and coordination other appropriate service providers.

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    • Develops an assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members and significant others. The goal of the assessment is to highlight the Veteran's strengths, limitations, and internal/external supports and service needs in order to optimize the Veteran's functional status, formulate a diagnosis, and lay the foundation for the treatment plan, if necessary.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for substance abuse/dependence therapy for all adult patients.
    • Has an understanding of the factors and causes of substance abuse/dependence as well as the problems related to this disorder.
    • Has the knowledge of diagnosis of the different types of substance abuse and dependence.
    • Utilizes assessment tools and assessment methods in order to best serve the Veteran.
    • Responsible for working within the interdisciplinary treatment team, to develop a treatment plan with the Veteran based on this assessment. The initial assessment will be completed as specified by policy. An initial patient assessment is required as well as reassessments as defined in policy.
    Treatment Planning/Goal Setting
    • Responsible for developing the treatment plan, and setting achievable and measurable treatment goals with the Veteran (and family when appropriate). The treatment plan will take into account the Veteran's strengths and weaknesses. The biopsycho-social needs of the Veteran will be factored in and the treatment plan will be completed by the third visit if in outpatient substance abuse treatment or as indicated in the IOP Program policies. The plan will be updated as defined policy or Program.
    • Documents contacts via progress notes entered in the Computerized PatientRecord System (CPRS).
    Referral to service providers
    • Provides as the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources throughout the course of treatment.
    • Responsible for educating the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. These include, but are not limited to, referrals to psychiatrists, residential and dual diagnosis treatment facilities, and any other available community resources that are deemed appropriate through patient assessment and reassessment.
    Resource Usage/Development
    • Responsible for using the current social work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of Veterans.
    • Refers the Veteran to needed services as determined by Veteran's needed level of care.
    • Understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran/family.
    • When appropriate and feasible; will educate and encourage the Veteran/family to advocate on own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment.
    Crisis Intervention
    • Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to residential and dual disorder inpatient programs and detoxification services.
    • Has access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis.
    Education/Health promotion and prevention
    • Provides evidenced-based substance abuse education/treatment as well as education/treatment related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer Veterans/families to the appropriate service provider for identified health education needs.
    Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services
    • Reviews progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each Veteran being referred for Addiction Services.
    • Works with other disciplines in order to coordinate the most effective care that can be provided.
    Supportive counseling
    • Provides the Veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. The purpose of such counseling is to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with addiction, relapse, and recovery.
    Content Development
    • Develops content for individual, family, and group therapy in order to obtain treatment goals and objectives. Content will be open for supervisory review in keeping with accepted professional standards.
    • Utilizes professionalism and ethical standards including the Social Worker's code of ethics in the delivery of service without exception.
    • Conducts individual, family, and group therapy on an outpatient basis in order to deliver the needed services to the Veteran. Primary focus of therapy will be related to substance abuse disorders and dual diagnosis disorders. The purpose of therapy is to increase level of functioning for the Veteran.

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

    Travel Required

    Not required

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/607023900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.