The Geriatric Psychiatry (Geri-Psych) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Social Worker is responsible for intake psychosocial assessments on Veteran patients new to both the Geri-Psych and ECT programs. Duties include but are not limited to: The Social Worker independently completes psychosocial assessments. 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. Identifies high-risk patients through psychosocial assessments and other assessment tools. Incumbent provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Manages consults as appropriate, ensures timely access to care for Veteran patients. Working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Provides case management services. Knowledge and familiarity with local, State and Federal benefits and assists with applications as necessary. Provides other concrete social work tasks to include referrals for housing, transportation, and food as needed. May schedule discharge appointments and coordinate transportation. Provides case management for Veterans at intake and/or when being referred to the program, as appropriate.. Network both internally and externally to the facility and coordinate community-based services as may be necessary; this may include information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Incumbent is able to independently work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills. Assesses for suicide risk at various points in the Veteran's treatment using the required screening and assessment tools, completes Safety Plans as appropriate and clinically indicated, and seeks consultation and team feedback for patients deemed to be at high risk for suicide. Review and complete, as necessary, Advance Directives and Psychiatric Advance Directive, and other Clinical Reminders, sending documents through the appropriate channels and into the medical records. Function as a critical part of the Geri Psych and ECT teams and promotes and facilitates healthy communication for optimal patient care. May participate in the education and supervision of social work graduate students and training. The GS 12 social worker has the ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on healthcare and compliance with treatment. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means. The Senior Social Worker serves as a provider for the VAMHCS Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Other duties as assigned or required. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 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.