If you are not a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11170978-21-ER. The position is located in the Social Work Service which is a large service located in a highly complex VA facility which provides diverse services to Veterans, families and caregivers. CAVHS is a tertiary care level 1a facility, which serves as a teaching facility through its affiliation with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The duties of the Social Worker (Inpatient) in Social Work Service include but are not limited to: Clinical Functions: Incumbent is a professional social worker, who uses a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans. Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems often at a time when the Veteran is experiencing crisis and include the provision of short-term, solution focused counseling with Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must complete thorough assessments determining presenting issue(s), factors impacting the issue(s), and potential obstacles to treatment and/or follow through with recommended treatments. The incumbent provides case management services, in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, to engage the Veteran and/or support system to determine a coordinated effort to meet agreed upon goals for a Veteran's treatment. This may include liaison with community programs and services regarding needed services for Veterans and/or their families. Services include, but are not limited to, homelessness, hospice services, rehabilitation and/or nursing home care, home health services, financial resources, VA benefits, transportation services, and group work with Veterans as needed. The incumbent: 1) Possesses a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans/support systems. The incumbent independently works with Veterans/support system who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, financial, and psychosocial issues. 2) Independently identifies high-risk needs and prioritizes case management services. 3) Independently completes an appropriate (brief or comprehensive) psychosocial assessment to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their support systems. 4) Actively participates and collaborates with the interdisciplinary treatment team and with Veterans/support systems to develop and implement treatment goals and interventions. 5) Possesses a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, and medical terminology. 6) Provides Advanced Directive education to Veterans/support system and assists completing the appropriate forms. 7) Collaborates with Veterans/support systems and the interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate VA and Community placements referrals are completed in a timely manner. 8) Possesses knowledge and ability to independently implement appropriate interventions, facilitate psycho-educational classes, and supportive groups for Veterans/support systems. 9) Provides consultation and education to Veterans/support systems regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives. 10) Provides consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans/support systems and the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's healthcare planning and compliance with treatment. 11) Possesses skills and knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans and their families throughout the continuum of care. 12) Possesses and demonstrates ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Non-Clinical Functions: The incumbent: 1) Supports the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility. 2) Can actively participate on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Assistant Chief or Chief of Social Work Service. 3) Keeps their supervisor apprised of problems and recommended solutions to problems encountered in the incumbent's area of responsibility. 4) Ensures professional growth through continuing education by complying with licensure requirements and continuing education as appropriate to the area of assignment. 5) Assists with the orientation and mentoring of newly hired social workers and, serves as a field instructor for social work students, if interested and qualified. 6) Maintains a level of productivity and quality consistent with the complexity of the assignment and consistent with Social Work, Joint Commission, CARF and facility standards. Work Schedule: Saturday to Wednesday, 8am to 4:30 pm. This is a weekend position. Participates in the rotation of Social Work Service holiday coverage 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.