The Senior Social Worker practices in the Behavioral Health clinical setting as the Primary Mental Health Treatment Coordinator, case/care manager and psychotherapist. The incumbent requires specialized knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis, intervention, and treatment and must be skilled in the areas of post traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, sexual assault, child, elder, and dependent abuse, substance abuse, homelessness, grief and bereavement, and end of life issues. As a Senior Social Worker, the incumbent has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment and at least two years in an area of specialized social work practice. The incumbent must be licensed at the advanced practice level. In Pennsylvania this is recognized as possession of an active LCSW. The incumbent performs specialized treatment of complex physical and mental illness for Veterans in the Behavioral Health clinical settings at Lebanon or its Community Based Outpatient Clinics, or within the Primary Care setting. While the primary duties are within the outpatient mental health clinic at Lebanon the incumbent may also provide care at Outpatient VA Clinics, in residential programs, the emergency department, Primary Care offices, inpatient wards or community settings. Functions with very little supervisory control and must demonstrate significantly advanced clinical skills and be able to function independently. Incorporates complex multiple causation in treatment of Veteran patients within the outpatient mental health clinic, including making psychosocial assessments, providing case management and providing psychotherapy within approved scope of practice. Specific tasks may include: triage, evaluation and psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, and coordination of care for patients in the outpatient clinic, functioning as the Primary Mental Health Treatment Coordinator; providing individual and group psychotherapy; consultation with other program areas and staff as appropriate. The Senior Social Worker is able to provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans with serious medical and psychiatric disorders. Provides services that access the continuum of care and works primarily on an outpatient basis. Offers consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in specialty areas, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. The incumbent will participate in the facility's rotating on-call system. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00am to 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.