Social Worker (Emergency Department)

Work Schedule:
Rotating tours of duty:
00am - 3:
30pm and 2:
30pm to 11:
00pm to include week-ends/holidays Functional Statement Title:
Social Worker (Emergency Department) This is a Bargaining-Unit positionThe Senior Social Worker in the Emergency Department interviews clients and conducts psychosocial assessments.
Interviews veterans and their family members/significant others to establish facts about the veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment.
Interprets and explains VA's treatment and benefit programs.
Reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment identifying needs and strengths.
Effectively uses professional skill, objectivity, and insight.
Uses advanced clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options.
Assesses high risk factors, acuity, and need for services.
Has the ability to serve veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lack family or an adequate community support network, be poor at self-monitoring, frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychosocial support.
Independently evaluates the client's situation, including the veteran's reaction and ability to deal with it, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion.
Based on the psychosocial assessment, uses professional judgment and advanced practice skills to make a psychosocial diagnosis.
Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary disposition plan involving the veteran and family or significant others.
Performs insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness involving psychiatric, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia and other high-risk diagnoses.
Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action.
Consequences to the veteran may be serious, and the results are often unpredictable.
On an inpatient/outpatient basis, finds a suitable means of treatment to help veterans and/or significant others cope with stressful situations.
Treatment is aimed at helping veterans find practical solutions to problems.

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