The Caregiver Support Program Social Worker is assigned the primary responsibilities to provide clinical evidence-based services and interventions; provide caregiver, Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues; engage in community outreach and resource development; continuous quality-improvement activities, and evaluation/consultation. The Social Worker works closely with the Caregiver Support Program Coordinator and/or designee to complete program required responsibilities. The Caregiver Support Program Social Worker assists in the day-to-day operations of the Caregiver Support Program specific to his/her area of assignment and insures compliance and collaboration with local facility and the VA Central Office Caregiver Support Program initiatives. This includes (with supervision) completing tasks in the Caregiver Support Program IT system, called CARMA. These tasks include, but are not limited to, institutionalization tracking tasks, address notifications, and rework tasks. The Social Worker participates with supervision in direct caregiver and Veteran contacts to identify and assess caregiver stress/burden and the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions. Advises and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams throughout the medical center on caregiver issues. Creates educational tools, develops programs and implements training focused on specific caregiver needs/issues. Provides education and in-service training to VAMC employees, Veterans, families and caregivers. Provides ongoing consultation and support to colleagues regarding caregiver support. Develops and facilitates caregiver support groups (face-to-face or VANTS telephone line) and educational programs. Distributes educational materials provided by VA, local, state and national caregiver organizations. Major Duties: - The GS-9 Social Worker assists the Program Coordinator in providing clinical services as part of the program, completing notes and gathering/monitoring data related to the day-to-day functioning and evaluation of the program with daily supervision. - The Social Worker will adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics, all local social workpolicies, and maintain an unrestricted, unsuspended license to practice social work. - The GS-11 Social Worker will receive specific assignments from the CSP Manager related to PCAFC Intakes and/or Wellness Contacts for completion. - The Social Worker conducts caregiver and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues. - The Social Worker provides referrals to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. - The Social Worker serves as a consultant for navigating the complex processes caregivers, Veterans, and families encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. - As a Caregiver Support Program Social Worker, the employee stays informed regarding current federal and state legislation directed at assisting caregivers to continue to provide caregiving in an environment that is safe for both themselves and the Veteran. - The Social Worker will collaborate with the VA Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), mental health, and geriatric primary care clinicians to provide Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues. - Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - The Social Worker is responsible for contributing to the development of the treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals with the Veteran and family members/caregiver. Meets the qualification standard for the GS-9/11 Social Worker as defined in VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G, and Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., tour of duty negotiable upon hire, 40-hour work week Telework: Eligible. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Care Giver Support Program)/PD0000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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.