The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for an Social Worker. The Social Worker will function in the Mental Health Ambulatory Care Clinic for the Social Work Service. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans referred to the Mental Health Clinic. The incumbent completes thorough psychosocial assessments as part of the consult process when the Veteran is initially referred to the Mental Health Clinic. Other social work services include short-term, solution focused counseling with the individuals and families who may be in crisis, supportive counseling, and referral for resources and benefits. The incumbent will establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans in the Mental Health Clinic and/or their families. The incumbent is able to independently work with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial problems. Completes independent thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must be able to utilize this assessments in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable. Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and their family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of a resident centered treatment plan. Serve as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services. This involves coordination of Veteran and family (as appropriate) involvement in the development of treatment plans. Independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling, and/or supportive groups for Veterans and families. Provide consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives. This includes the incumbent's knowledge of the process for accessing and/or coordinating community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community programs. Provide consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans and/or their families and the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's health care planning, compliance with treatment, and discharge planning. Will serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility as deemed appropriate by the supervisor and Chief of Social Work Services. Incumbent mindful of keeping their supervisor apprised in a very timely manner of problems and recommended solutions to problems encountered in the incumbent' s area of responsibility. Provide assistance with the orientation and learning off less experienced social workers and, if interested, to serve as a preceptor for social work students. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.