The Senior Behavioral Health Social Worker independently provides clinical behavioral assessments, psychosocial assessments, shared decision making, individual/couples/family therapy, group therapy, and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs. Treatment provided is focused on Evidenced Based Practices; and is episodic and recovery focused. The GS-12 professional licensed clinical social worker is considered to be at advanced practice performance level. Incumbent is able to provide individual, group, and family therapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with mental health diagnoses, poly-trauma injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post traumatic stress disorder, addictions, and other serious disorders. Interviews veterans and their family members/significant others to establish facts about the veteran's situation, diagnoses, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive clinical assessment. Interprets and explains VA's treatment and benefit programs. Develops treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, including goals for clinical treatment. Using known available resources and information obtained from shared decision making during assessment process, makes initial and continuing decisions regarding use of VA and non-VA services and referrals. Arrives at a reasoned conclusion as to the preferred course of agency action. Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team on course of treatment. Is responsible for carrying out/implementing all clinical and social work functions/duties in the area or program to which assigned. Evaluates his/her practice as a social worker on an on going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies or other organized means. Is active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards of treatment. Provides individual and group therapy services that are recovery focused, and utilizes Evidence Based Practices, as well as Shared Decision Making. Assists and encourages veterans and significant others in facing problems, thinking them through, evaluating the situation realistically, considering alternative courses of action and arriving at plans for using resources to resolve problems. Provides social work services to veterans and family members/significant others in support of the veteran's treatment. Establishes a continuing relationship with the veteran, evaluating progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate. Meets with veteran to assess accomplishments and re-establish goals, monitors veteran's progress, maintains comprehensive documentation, and shows competent discretion in decision to adjust treatment. Makes recommendations for care and changes to interdisciplinary treatment plan. Documents independently in the medical records utilizing paper and/or electronic formats, including behavioral/psychosocial assessments, treatment, progress notes, follow up and referral. Offers consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in specialty areas, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. The primary duty location for the position is subject to change as a result of identified organizational needs. Utilization of tele-health modalities may be required as necessary. Other duties as assigned by supervisor. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm; Incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour of duty, weekends, depending on the needs of the service. 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.