The Senior Social Worker functions in the Integrated Mental Health in Primary Care Program, which is located at the Murrieta Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). This position provides behavioral health screening and brief, time-limited behavioral health services related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other behavioral health issues for Veterans. The incumbent will also serve as the Lead Coordinator for the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) programming across the CBOCS. The Senior Social Worker duties and responsibilities include but not limited to the following: Directs patient care that may include psychiatric or substance abuse assessment, individual, group and/or couples treatment for a variety of psychological/emotional diagnoses including substance abuse and/or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Interventions are evidence-based, time-limited and/or brief and may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Therapy, stress management/relaxation training and group psychosocial education. Independently conducts psychosocial assessments and develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measure outcomes to those interventions. . Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Incumbent has general knowledge of veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, non-service connected pension. Provides intensive social work service requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of social work skills. Carries full professional responsibility for cases presenting a wide range of psychosocial and environmental problems with no limitations as to the difficulty of services that would be performed. Performs administrative functions such as actively participating in clinic meetings and maintaining accurate records of his/her clinical interactions. Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with other employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Collaborates in the performance improvement processes and comply with Performance Measures as required by Behavioral Medicine Service and the Medical Center. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 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.