This position is located at the Brooklyn Campus of the NY Harbor Healthcare System. This position is in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. The incumbent functions as a clinical Social Worker in the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP). The position involves clinical and administrative duties in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. The Social Worker practices in the outpatient setting to provide mental health services as the licensed mental health provider. The social worker independently performs duties and responsibilities by providing a high level of professional social work services to clients with a broad range of psychosocial and environmental problems. At this level, exercises mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of social work skills and techniques in working with clients on a regular basis having serious problems and presenting with complicated cases. Services provided by the social worker include direct practice (individual, group, family, couple and program development for target populations), multidisciplinary practice (treatment team, collaboration, consultation, work groups, and coordination), community practice (public relations, resource development, resource coordination), training (social work and multidisciplinary staff), research, and student supervision. The social worker utilizes a variety of theories and models, which are selected, integrated and adapted to the given client biopsychosocial situation. All practice is subject to varying kinds and amounts of supervision depending on workers needs and new or specialized assignments. Community outreach as needed or more according to the program requirements. The social worker may be assigned anywhere in the continuum of care throughout NYHHS. The social worker is an experienced professional, cognizant of and conversant with a wide range of Social Work practice theories, terminology and models of intervention. The social worker will demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to provide care appropriate to the adult and geriatric patients served, including the ability to obtain and interpret information to identify patient needs and to provide the care needed. The social worker is a highly skilled interviewer able to apply such skills relevantly and appropriately to given situations with client, groups and within the total system. Direct practice skills include consistency and independence in the effective integration of data gathering, assessment, ongoing assessment, planning, social work treatment (i.e., implementation of treatment plan), evaluation of treatment goals, follow-up, and program development. Clinical recording, reports, statistical and other administrative reporting are in compliance with Community and Social Service and/or Medical Center or VHA time, format and content standards, The social worker assigned to program(s) for special emphasis populations such as the homeless, VIST, SCI, SMI, will gain knowledge through additional training that will provide skills, knowledge and resources required for the performance of duties within these special emphasis programs. Worker is actively engaged in own learning and training needs and is expected to be fully prepared for supervisory conferences and committee work. Active participation at staff meetings is expected, as well as in staff development activities as a participant and/or presenter. Taking an active role in collaboration through formal and informal conferences and/or team meetings with members of other disciplines is expected and is basic to the establishment of a sound understanding of the client, plan, and interaction. The social worker collaborates with other disciplines, as indicated, to evaluate, design, and implement programming that is consistently well-conceptualized, and provides the basis for carrying out optimal resolutions of biopsychosocial problems within available resources. The social worker relates to the Medical Center staff and/or community agencies within the context of the professional role and responsibility. Supervision or teaching of other staff or graduate trainees attests to the competence, skill, and maturity of the social worker. In student supervisory activities, the social worker will confer with, and be consulted by, the Schools of Social Work (as defined in the training contract requirements) regarding the student's progress. Referrals or consultations with other professionals or agencies in the community, along with resource development and linkages, are central to the coordination of the continuum of services provided the population being serviced. The social worker is expected to work with a wide range of client populations. The social worker is able to accommodate to changing demands in priorities and pressures, demonstrating awareness in identifying and reporting problems as they arise. Values and ethics of the Social Work profession as well as NYHHS and VHA Standards or Codes of Behavior are applied and upheld in worker's practice. Work Schedule: M - F, 8: am to 4:30 pm (alternate schedule may be required) 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.