The Senior Social Worker for the Acceptance and Commitment Treatment Program (ACT) and General Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) provides advanced practice treatment to a highly complex population. This population consists of individuals with chronic substance use disorders, mental illness (particularly anxiety, mood disorders, and PTSD), chronic health conditions (i.e., cirrhosis, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis), Traumatic Brain Injury, and homelessness. MAJOR DUTIES The Senior Social Worker: Is mapped at 50% clinical time to ACT and 50% General Outpatient. Provides case management, individual, family, and group psychotherapy to a complex patient population. Many patients who are admitted to the Acceptance and Commitment Treatment Program and General Outpatient Treatment Programs have multiple co-occurring disorders many of which are life threatening and exacerbated by continued substance use. Provides specialized Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) within individual, couple, family, and group settings. In addition: Provides current Evidence Based Therapies that may include but are not limited to: Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as training in Relapse Prevention, 12-Step Facilitation and other treatment modalities. Collaborates with interdisciplinary treatment teams that consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, peer support specialists, and addiction therapists. Must be trained in, and is required to assess for, intoxication and the potential for withdrawal syndrome and refer as necessary. Maintains professional development in the area of new treatment options available by reviewing literature pertaining to addictions (CSAT treatment tips, other related articles.), develops/maintains treatment plans specific to individual patient needs. The Social Worker monitors treatment progress and document such in CPRS. Has clinical expertise in the area of the recovery process and relapse prevention in order to educate patients about this process. Facilitates discharge planning and coordinates aftercare services. In addition to working in the Programs, will provide EAP services to VA employees. This involves providing short-term therapy, knowledge of community resources, and collaboration with referral resources. Is responsible for completing psychosocial assessments, clinical diagnosing and treatment recommendations. May assist Veterans in obtaining concrete resources such as food, shelter, housing or transportation through referral as well as assistance with benefits within the VA, local, State, or National or level. Assesses for suicidality and risk for self-harm according to policy and through clinical assessment completes suicide risk assessments, evaluations and safety plans. Educates Veterans on, and completes, Advanced Directives and Psychiatric Advance Directives when indicated. Contributes to the teaching and mission of the VA and instructs and mentors other social workers, medical staff and psychiatric residents and may supervise MSW interns. The Senior Social Worker may have other duties as assigned or required. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to4:30pm Telework: Yes, however this is not a 100% virtual position. 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.