This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The social worker serves as a clinical social worker for the PRRC Program at the Seattle Division(s) of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The social worker's primary duties involve provision of individual, group and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans with a wide array of mental health diagnoses including but not limited to anxiety, mood and adjustment disorders, psychotic disorders, polytrauma injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, and other serious mental health disorders. Duties will include: Provides comprehensive mental health and psychosocial assessment and diagnostic services for Veterans with a broad range of mental health issues receiving care within the Seattle PRRC , including services for patients with complex psychopathology and psychosocial needs requiring advanced diagnostic and intervention skills. Demonstrates expertise in using and contemporary interview and psychometric assessment methods for mental disorders and/or behavioral health conditions. Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders and best practices approaches to treatment. Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation. Provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plan for patients to ensure that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the Medical Center. Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker. Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community agencies. Possesses general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, and non-service connected pension. Independently collaborates in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethical consultations. Develops working relationships with the community and VA providers to whom referrals are most often made and becomes knowledgeable with what community and VA resources are available to Veterans (i.e., related to housing, work readiness, food, financial, independent living skills, leisure skills, social, healthy living resources). Refers Veterans to a wide variety of community and VA housing resources, maintains the relationships with those respective facilities/agencies, facilitates inter agency communication and care conferences as needed and provides discharge planning for Veterans that maintains a continuity of care. Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols. At the GS-11 level, social workers are licensed and function independently as a member of the Mental Health Service. Social workers at this grade additionally assume independent professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation. Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical assessment and/or intervention programs. Assists the Team Leader and/or Program Director in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Social Work Director/Deputy Director, Service Line Leader (or designee), Chief of Staff, and/or Facility Director. Additional duties, as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: May be eligible. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy Hermann at Stacy.Hermann@va.gov and Taia Henderson at Taia.Henderson@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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