The Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (GS-11) provides Mental Health services to Veterans with complex bio-psycho-social and psychiatric issues enrolled in Mental Health. The Social Worker independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans and their families to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. GS-9 Social workers will work under the direct clinical supervision of a LICSW This incumbent provides direct Veteran care services which includes psychosocial assessments and case management, as well as individual, family and group counseling, addressing complex psychosocial issues (mental, physical, emotional) impacting the clients level of functioning. At the GS-9 level, duties will include: Position requires the ability to conduct psychosocial assessments of a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. Position requires a basic knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. Ability to work with Veterans and families who are experiencing basic emotional, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems are done under close supervision. With guidance, assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veteran's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Is able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Has basic knowledge of medical and mental diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures to include acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and basic medical terminology. May have basic knowledge of Veterans benefits and services relating to special programs, service-connected compensation, non-service-connected pension. Facilitates referrals based upon Veterans needs and eligibility. Serves as liaison to community agencies and networks with agency representatives. Obtains and/or participates in continuing education. At the GS-11 level: Develops an assessment of the Veteran in collaboration other service providers, the Veteran, and family members. Develops the treatment plan and sets achievable treatment goals with the Veteran/family and treatment team. Provides compassionate care to Veterans with serious medical and psychiatric problems through crisis intervention, counseling, and/ or referral. Highly developed professional, clinical and advanced practice skills are routinely used to treat Veterans with complex problems. Educates the Veteran and/or caregiver on the available services and assists them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference. Acts as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran/family. Educates and encourages the Veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Makes rapid assessments and develops crisis management plans for admission to mental health in Veteran programs. Refers Veterans/families to the appropriate other service providers for identified health education needs. Provides Veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. Collaborates in the performance improvement processes and complies with performance measures as required by the Veterans Affairs for their specific population and/or program. May provide clinical supervision for Social Work graduate students under the direction of the supervisor. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.