The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks is recruiting for a highly qualified and motivated Social Worker to service at the Springfield, Missouri Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) with in Mental Health Service. The incumbent provides mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to the Veteran population enrolled at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks.
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Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Screening/Assessment - The MHSSW will be assigned tasks determined by the MHSSW's Mental Health Service Program Director, and the CBOC Clinic Mental Health Manager, in collaboration with the Mental Health Social Worker CBOC Director, Director of Mental Health Social Work and with the Chief of Mental Health Service. The tasks may include but are not limited to the following: To screen, triage and/or conduct an intake evaluation on the veteran and/or family, in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others.
- Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - The MHSSW performs specialized treatment of veterans diagnosed with severe, persistent and complex mental illness. The incumbent is responsible for developing the treatment plan, and setting achievable treatment goals with the veteran/family. The incumbent also demonstrates a high level of skill in interfacing with clinicians within both the medical center and the community in the development of the treatment plan and case management.
- Treatment-The MHSSW will provide expert level individual, group, couples/family therapy as well as case management service for diagnostically highly complex veterans and their families. In CBOC settings as indicated by clinic needs, MHSSW's may focus their skills on providing specialized services for returning veterans, female veterans or those needing specialized couples or family therapies.
- Consultation-The MHSSW will provide expert consultation as needed to staff and trainees in various mental health disciplines. The incumbent may be asked to review and co-sign the notes of unlicensed masters level social workers. MHSSW are expected to seek out consultation with colleagues in psychology, psychiatry and nursing specializations to enhance their clinical abilities.
- Referral to service providers - Throughout the course of treatment the MHSSW is the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources and will readily consult with other professionals to formulate the best treatment plan for the veteran and/or family. The MHSSW will either directly provide these resources to veterans on their caseload, or consult with medical social workers whose specialized expertise on resources and benefits is needed in certain cases. In addition, the MHSSW will provide consultation and advice about resources for those patients not on their caseload but within their clinical setting, thus consulting with medical social work services as indicated to facilitate effective treatment collaboration and execution.
- Advocacy -MHSSW understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. The MHSSW will educate and encourage the veteran/family to advocate on own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment.
- Crisis Intervention - The MHSSW is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. MHSSW has access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, staff will follow the protocol of the mental health clinic at the VA Medical Center. Readily supports and consults with other disciplines acting in triage capacities. In addition, he/she will actively consult with the Suicide Prevention Coordinator overseeing high risk veterans in his/her clinical setting.
- Education/Health promotion and prevention - MHSSW provides education on mental health issues of specialized scope to the VA, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, evidence-based treatments, and/or working with returning veterans.
- Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services -The MHSSW will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services. Educates the veteran, the family, and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the veteran and family on the preferred option.
- Administrative responsibilities - The MHSSW will enter all veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. Establishes and maintain positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. will attend all appropriate staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, Mental Health Social Work staff meetings, MHC staff meetings, other committees as appropriate, etc.) and perform other duties as required.The MHSSW willingly accepts additional and special assignments that are necessary to meet program goals or customer needs.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.