The Social Worker works within the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) treatment team providing psychotherapy services to the RRTP Veterans in person presenting with substance use and addiction problems, including but not limited to, group and individual psychotherapy using evidence-based practices. The RRTP offers a variety of treatment services, including: alcohol and drug use counseling, as well as co-occurring disorders treatment. Approaches used include harm reduction, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, and CBT modalities. The Social Worker is expected to be familiar with PTSD evidenced-based treatments and treatment planning. The Social Worker is expected to attend training (when travel is provided by VISN/VACO), complete the certification requirements for Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT), and deliver these and other approved therapies as part of the standard work for this position.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness.
Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.
Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.
Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services.
Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs.
Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills.
Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.
Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs.
Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.
Coordinates treatment planning and delivery of services that best meet the needs of patients diagnosed with co-occurring PTSD and SUD.
Provides direct, concurrent, clinical care using established evidence-based practices for Veterans with PTSD presenting to the team.
Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services, especially in the areas of PTSD psychological evaluation and suicide assessment;
Evidence-based treatments to be provided to Veterans individually or in group format with appropriate documentation and measurement of effectiveness and Veteran response using clinical judgment and standardized assessment instruments.
Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.
Serves as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) for assigned veterans and Supervises trainees conducting direct clinical care.
Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.
Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).
Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Behavioral Health Service Line, RRTP Chief, RRTP Program Manager, Chief of Staff, and facility Director
Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
May be available for a highly qualified candidate with a possible weekend commitment. This is coordinated by the Supervisor.