If you are not a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11138538-21-ER. The position at the Branson Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBO) provides specialty mental health treatment to Veterans enrolled for care in the General Mental Health Program. This includes providing a full range of biopsychosocial evaluation, basic psychological test administration, evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy, and treatment planning. The duties of the Senior Social Worker include but not limited to: provide specialized evidence-based treatment to Veterans enrolled in the General Mental Health Program. The population served may lack familial and community support, be poor self-monitors, have difficulty adhering to recommended treatment due to the nature of their mental illness or other psychosocial barriers, and may have major deficits in coping skills and require intensive professional psychological support. Functions as a licensed independent provider of mental health services. The Advanced Practice Social Worker will conduct full psychosocial diagnostic evaluations using the DSM-V. The Advanced Practice Social Worker is primarily responsible for screening, assessing, treatment planning, clinical care provision, and discharge planning at an advanced practice level. Represents the social work profession and perspective on a multidisciplinary team that may include other social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other disciplines. Provide and maintain expertise regarding VA and community psychosocial resources. Participate in program development within their assigned program including community outreach. Participate in tracking the care of Veterans as they move through the treatment process. The Social Worker will also be involved in measuring treatment outcomes through the use of testing and other measures. Utilize outcome evaluations to further treatment and design system changes based on empirical findings. Responsible for participating in clinical program development and is accountable to clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. This may include partnering with local universities, community colleges, and other agencies to improve the delivery of mental health services and increase utilization. Work in conjunction with the Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator for any Veterans they are treating who are enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court, assuring timely documentation and thorough treatment planning. Work in conjunction with the other disciplines to partner in the care of Veterans with complex biopsychosocial needs. 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. Responsible for the independent planning and provision of treatment services for those veterans assigned to his/her case-management. Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides safety planning, crisis intervention, coordinates staffing with other team members and/or family conferences when clinically indicated. Maintain a thorough knowledge of residential programs and other VA resources that specifically serve the Veteran population they are working with. Identify Veterans in need of a higher level of care and work with the admissions personnel of residential programs within the VA or community to secure treatment for Veterans. Serve as a resource and point of contact throughout the facility for the mental health needs of Veterans. Serves in a liaison capacity, arranging referral of veteran for adjunctive diagnostic treatment, and ancillary services within the VHSO, VHA and community-based agencies and organizations as required. Participate in the development of a plan of care for each patient assigned, with measurable goals outlined, based on relevant psychological, medical and psychiatric treatment information. Possess a general understanding of medication effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Meet the needs of Veterans while supporting the VA mission. This includes consistently communicating and treating Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff, in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provide Veterans and their families with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Keep thorough and complete records of their encounters with Veterans in the computerized record system (CPRS). . Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 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.