This position is located in the Social Work Service of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System providing services to Port Charlotte CBOC and the surrounding community. The incumbent provides case-appropriate professional social work services for Veterans and families/significant others in compliance with VA, VISN, station, and Social Work policies and memorandums. Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs in the CNH and CADHC programs. Must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups in the outpatient mental health clinic. Has knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. Assesses the psychosocial functioning and needs of individuals and families from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds and is able to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, needs, abilities, preferences, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team. Possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions. Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a basic emotional, medical, and social problems, utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. General knowledge about losses, changes, and transitions over the life cycle that impacts people and their families. Identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services. Knowledgeable of medical and mental diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures to include acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and basic medical terminology. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 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.