The Supervisory Social Worker is assigned to Mental Health & Neuroscience Division at VA Portland Health Care System located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Complexity Level 1a Facility and provides extensive primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary care in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings. The Supervisory Social Worker for the Mental Health Division responsibilities include overseeing the scope of practice and professional development of social workers within the Mental Health and Neurosciences Division. The Supervisory Social Worker for the Mental Health Division works closely with the Medical Center's Social Work Executive to implement policies and procedures relevant to the social work discipline. The Supervisory Social Worker may act as one of the Social Work representatives on the Mental Health Executive Council and on Medical Center committees. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: Supervises all Mental Health Division employees assigned to their work unit. The incumbent performs the administrative and personnel management function relative to staff supervised. Incumbent will have established guidelines and performance expectations for staff, clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system; observe workers' performance; demonstrate and conduct work performance critiques; and provide informal feedback and periodically evaluate employee performance. Incumbent works to resolve informal complaints and grievances; develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary; provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters; effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area; and reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Incumbent ensures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations. Performs a wide range of services and provides technical assistance to state, local, and private agencies, and universities. Technical assistance provided to monitor activities and program reviews, and the development and analysis of information. Performs program analysis, development, review, research, design, and contact work as possible with various agencies (public, state, etc.). In addition, the Supervisory Social Worker provides clinical services, providing expert-level assistance to Veterans in the following areas: Screening/Assessment - The social worker will use advanced knowledge and mastery of theories of mental illness and specialized treatment to develop a diagnosis and treatment plan. The goal of the diagnosis and treatment plan is to highlight the Veteran's strengths, limitations, internal/external supports, and service needs in order to optimize the Veteran's functional status. Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - The social worker independently develops the mental health treatment plan and recovery goals with the Veteran. Crisis Intervention - The social worker is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for various types of crisis including housing and financial emergencies, psychiatric relapse, potential suicide, violence, and other high-risk behaviors and/or situations. The social worker will assess for suicide and self-harm and provide appropriate intervention including but not limited to safety planning. Documentation/Productivity - The social worker will complete documentation in compliance with appropriate documentation standards. The social worker consistently maintains an acceptable level of productivity per guidelines which may include special assignments. Psychotherapy - The social worker will provide Veterans with expert level psychotherapy. Advocacy - The social worker understands the challenges of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and/or family. When appropriate and feasible, the social worker will educate and encourage the Veteran and/or family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Referral to Service Providers - Throughout the course of treatment the social worker is the specialist on VA and/or community resources. Resource Usage/Development - The social worker is responsible for using current social work resources and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of Veterans. The social worker will refer the Veteran to needed services. Education/Consultation - The social worker provides consultation to colleagues and other employees on the psychosocial treatment of Veterans. The social worker provides orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm Telework: May be available for a highly qualified candidate Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600325200
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.