The Senior Social Worker, Emergency Department (ED) practices in the ED to provide psychiatric emergency services as the licensed mental health provider. The incumbent serves a patient population with highly complex health and mental health problems. ***If you are Current Permanent Federal Employee or Current/past/upcoming VHA HPT Graduate, apply to Vacancy CBST-11093958-21-LA*** The Senior Social Worker (ED) performs specialized treatment of complex physical and mental illness for patients in the emergency department with psychiatric emergencies. Services are primarily provided in the emergency department with very little supervisory control. The incumbent is typically the only Social Worker on duty during early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Additional duties include but are not limited to: Specific tasks may include: evaluation, DSM diagnosis, and intervention for psychiatric emergencies in the emergency department; psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, and coordination of care for patients in the program areas served; individual and group psychotherapy; consultation with other emergency services (Local and surround police departments, Emergency Response Teams, crisis centers, etc.); end of life counseling; 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; Provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with serious medical and psychiatric disorders; Provide case management of veterans who present for housing and social issues; Provides psychological prevention services to Veterans at significant risk for suicide and other psychological problems; Provides services to the families of Veterans at risk for suicide; Assist with Safety Planning in the ED, to include but not limited to, completing the Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluation and Suicide Prevention Safety Plan; Coordinate discharge planning needs in the ED (i. e. transportation, referrals); Assist as needed with post-discharge follow-up; Assist with afterhours/weekend crisis calls to the facility; Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Non-traditional shifts, including early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays. Subject to change based on agency needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599615200
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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.