The Dayton VAMC is looking to fill a full-time, permanent Clinical Social Worker in a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) under the Ambulatory Care section of the Mental Health Service (MHS), reporting to the MH CBOC Program Manager, MHS. This duty assignment requires initiative on behalf of the incumbent and the ability to prioritize tasks without immediate supervision. The position requires extensive work with veterans diagnosed with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The Veterans will receive a variety of evidence-based therapeutic services such as individual, family, and group psychotherapies, case management and service coordination. The incumbent provides these services at an independent practice level to eligible Veterans to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs. The incumbent functions as a Social Worker on an interdisciplinary team and work is done in the context of an interdisciplinary treatment team, and extensive liaison activities with other programs that provide continuity of care services at the necessary level of support. The incumbent has a broad working knowledge about the rules, regulations and policies of the medical center, Mental Health Service, and the quality assurance practices as they relate to at the Dayton VAMC and understands the significance of the performance measure(s) that pertain to the program. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of veterans with a wide range of mental health diagnoses and conditions. Incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. Independently conducts bio-psychosocial assessments. Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Possesses the skills needed to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions. Able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Participates in scheduling, triaging, monitoring the flow of MH patients in the CBOC. Recognizes emergency situations, summons appropriate help and responds appropriately including assistance with crisis intervention services including admissions to acute psychiatric care, provision of case management services and liaison to family members. Has 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. 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. Contributes to interdisciplinary care planning conferences, and team huddles/meetings. Possesses general knowledge of veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, non-service connected pension. Facilitates referrals based upon veterans needs and eligibility. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Slight modification in tour may be needed to meet the needs of the agency. 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.