This position is in the Rehabilitation and Extended Care (REC) Service Line. This social worker is responsible for services provided within the social work program and will be assigned primarily in the inpatient Community Living Center setting, under the supervision of an LIP social worker. Duties include, but are not limited to: a. Has a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans in the Community Living Center, Polytrauma Clinic, and/or their families. The incumbent is able to work with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial problems. b. Assists in the screening process of all Veterans applying for CLC placement. c. Completes thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must be able to utilize this assessment in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable. d. Actively participates as a member of interdisciplinary treatment teams and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of a resident centered treatment plan and Polytrauma treatment plans. e. Acts as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregivers. f. Possesses a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, and medical terminology. g. Facilitates discharge planning through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate discharge plans are executed in a timely manner. h. Serves as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services. This involves coordination of Veteran and family involvement in the development of treatment plans, coordination of Veteran involvement in monthly Resident Council meetings, and coordination of family involvement in Family Council meetings i. Possesses knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling and/or supportive groups for Veterans and families and assist with addressing Advance Directive/Living Will with the Veteran. j. Provides consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives. This includes the incumbent's knowledge of the process for accessing and/or coordinating community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community programs. k. Is available to provide consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans and/or their families and the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's health care planning, compliance with treatment, and discharge planning. l. Maintains knowledge of Veteran's benefits and services, community resources, and process for making appropriate referrals to community and other governmental programs or agencies. m. Must possess skills and knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans and their families throughout the continuum of care. The incumbent will be able to appropriately utilize principles of human growth and development over the life span and will be able to assist Veterans in coping with the loss and grief experiences from disability and terminal illness. n. Possesses and demonstrates ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with people from varied backgrounds. Work Schedule: Full-time; Monday - Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599810800
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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.