Stepping Stones is an intensive outpatient therapy program designed to help Veterans with acute and/or chronic mental illness learn how to appropriately use coping skills to improve quality of life, avoid inpatient hospitalization and increase overall level of functioning. The Social Worker (Stepping Stones) must possess the following: - Must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals and groups. - Performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. The Social Worker incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of Veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. - Must complete thorough assessments to determine the underlying causes of the presenting problem(s), the interpersonal and environmental factors impacting the problem and its effect on the patient's ability and desire to comply with the treatment recommendations by the multidisciplinary team. - Able to provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans who have complex medical and psychosocial needs. - Practices group psychotherapy with Veterans enrolled in the Stepping Stones program utilizes time limited individual evidence based therapeutic techniques (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to provide intensive outpatient treatment for Veterans. - Independently conducts psychosocial assessments and makes psychosocial diagnoses based on assessment. Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Incumbent possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions. The Social Worker is able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. - Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides therapeutic services. Incumbent provides crisis intervention services and Evidence Based Treatment modalities to address treatment and crisis. Has working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. - Develops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of practice and services in STARR program, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment or scheduling services. Social Worker is able to demonstrate the ability to design changes based on empirical findings. - Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families. Incumbent can independently work with patients who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing primarily group evidence-based treatment modalities. - Independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Ability to evaluate incumbent's own practice through professional peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. Incumbent is able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. - Establishes and maintains effective interactions and relationships with STARR program staff, remaining flexible and positive in providing staff education, feedback and implementation of necessary change. - Utilize specialized knowledge of mental health diagnosis, Evidence Based Treatments and other treatment modalities to provide supervision to Interns and those seeking advance practice licensure within Social Work Service. - Follows STVHCS standard operating procedures for evaluating and mitigating suicide risk to include: Completes the PHQ I-9, the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale (C-SSRS), the Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluation, and a Safety Plan via shared template in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) on all patients at intake, with Veterans with suicidal ideation and on any Veteran whose record is flagged "High Risk for Suicide." Additionally, completes the Suicide Behavior and Overdose Report (SBOR) as clinically indicated. - The Social Worker will provide coverage as needed to the Stepping Stones and other duties as assigned to support Social Work Service. - The Social Worker actively participates in CARF readiness process and planning. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 08:00AM-4:30PM 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.