Incumbent is an independent Clinical Social Worker assigned to Oklahoma City VA Medical Centers' Primary Care Clinics. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of veterans. Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems, often at a time when the veteran is experiencing crisis and include the provision of short-term, solution-focused counseling with veterans and/or their family members. The Social Worker will complete an assessment of the veteran in in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others. The goal of the assessment is to identify needs and formulate a plan to meet those needs. The incumbent demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. The incumbent must have an understanding of the problems of advancing age and respect for the diversification of the aging veteran population, being sensitive to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the geriatric veteran and be able to provide current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this veteran population. It is the responsibility of the Social Worker, working within the interdisciplinary treatment team, to share in the development of a treatment plan with the veteran based on the assessment. Major Duties are but not limited to...: - Incumbent is responsible for contributing to the development of the treatment plan and setting achievable goals with the veteran and family members. - Incumbent will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. Responsible for educating the veteran and family members/caregivers of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision maker. - Protect printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statuses and policy, and VHA policy. Protects data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion. - Uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers, inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and Technology Architecture (VistaA) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System. - Responsible for using the current Social Work resource file of VA and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. - Will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran and family members/caregiver. Will educate and encourage the veteran to advocate on his/her own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment when appropriate. - Social Worker is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans. - Evaluates his/her practice on an-going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, or other organized means. Is active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards and treatment. - Documents timely in the medical records utilizing paper and or electronic formats, including psychosocial assessments and treatments, progress notes, follow up, and referral. - Receives and completes timely requests for services (consults) from interdisciplinary team members and from other Social Workers on cases using practice skills and expertise. - Serves as a mentor and as a consultant to other Social Workers, particularly at the entry level. - Provides education to students, residents, interns, and fellows from other disciplines on psychosocial treatment and the services available from Social Work Service. - May act as a field instructor or preceptor, supervises Social Work Graduate students and provides training experience. - Has working Knowledge and skill in word processing, data management and other computer software. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by the VHA. - Will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. - Will attend all appropriate staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, Social Work Staff meetings, Social Work supervision meetings and others. 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. or Friday - Monday 10 hour shifts. Tour of duty negotiable upon hire, 40-hour work week. Telework: May be authorized. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Primary Care)/PD51510-0 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.