Works for the Central Virginia Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CVVHCS) in Richmond, Virginia, as a direct report to Social Work Supervisor, Mental Health Service Line, and is assigned to the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU). The Primary facility also encompasses three community-based outpatient clinics located in Charlottesville, Emporia, and Fredericksburg, VA Basic Requirement. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. Education. Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. GS-9. Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. For appointments at the GS-9 grade level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within three years of their appointment as a social worker. Failure to become licensed or certified within the prescribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in termination of employment. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. 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 and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. ["Responsible for providing inpatient clinical treatment services to MH patients, while working collaboratively with an Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (IDT). Responsibilities include establishment, management, coordination, and provision of generalist social work services to veterans and their families in a secure inpatient psychiatric setting. Completes thorough psychosocial history and risk assessments, formulates treatment plans, provides crisis intervention and stabilization services, education and completion of advance directives, and short-term psychotherapy. Must possess the knowledge and ability to implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. Provides direct patient care services, clinical consultation and advocacy. Social Worker must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans, and adept in discharge planning, ongoing case management for Veterans with HRF (High Risk Flag), educating residents, and referral for resources and benefits. Responsible for completing a broad array of social work duties including but not limited to: Will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members. Will be an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. Will participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate. Will assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death. Will provide consultation/education and/ or referrals to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits. Will act as a consultant to other team/staff members on social work practice, VA and community resources. Will provide consultation/education to medical residents on social work practice and VA policy and procedure. Will act as an internal point of contact between VA and community resources identified in the discharge planning process. Will provide a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. Will address Advance Directives in accordance with the standards of social work practice. Will provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate Patient/family support groups as appropriate. Will as appropriate, supervise the practice of social work students as needed/assigned. Performs other directly related duties as assigned within scope of practice. Social Work: vacareers.va.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/Total-Rewards-of-a-Social-Worker-Career-Flyer.pdf Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Learn more Telework: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position."]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.