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Caregiver Support Program Clinical Social Worker

Company: Oklahoma City VA Medical Center
Location: Oklahoma City
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Caregiver Support Program Clinical Social Worker - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Caregiver Support Program Social Worker is assigned to the Caregiver Support Program with primary responsibilities to provide clinical evidence-based services and interventions; provide caregiver, Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues; engage in community outreach and resource development; continuous quality-improvement activities, and evaluation/consultation. The Social Worker works closely with the Caregiver Support Program Coordinator and/or designee to complete program required home visits, telephone contacts, wellness visits, Veteran and Caregiver assessments, annual evaluations, and respond to Caregiver Support Line calls. The Social Worker will function in support of caregivers, Veterans and family members throughout the Medical Center and in the community and support the development and implementation of caregiver services. This includes implementing education, wellness, and support groups. The incumbent must be a skilled communicator capable of developing positive, effective relationships with Veterans, caregivers, local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations.

VA Careers - Social Work:

Major duties include but are not limited to...:

- The Social Worker participates in direct caregiver and Veteran contacts to identify and assess caregiver stress/burden and the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions.

- The Social Worker conducts caregiver and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues.

- Provides referrals to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, community-based social services and
other non-VA entitlement programs.

- Serves as a consultant for navigating the complex processes caregivers, Veterans, and families encounter when interacting with government and community agencies.

- Incumbent will collaborate with the VA Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), mental health, and geriatric primary care clinicians to provide Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues.

- Incumbent will maintain a knowledge base of current theory and treatment modalities by reading professional journals, attending conferences, clinic seminars and teleconferences, and materials distributed through VA and private sector sources.

Age-specific care that is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, cultural, and chronological maturation needs of the patient/Caregiver. Demonstrates knowledge of changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric age groups; ability to assess and interpret data about the patient's status; and ability to identify age-specific needs and provide the appropriate care based upon the age-related factors. The position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of these types of patients. Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must be consistently achieved.

Takes into consideration age-related differences of the various Veteran/Caregivers populations served:

a) Young adulthood (20-40). Persons in general have normal physical
functions and lifestyles. Person establishes relationships with significant others and
is competent to relate to others.
b) Middle age (40-65). Persons may have physical problems and may have
changes in lifestyles because children have left home or change in occupation goals.
c) Older adulthood (65-75). Persons may be adapting to retirement and
changing physical abilities. Chronic illness may also develop.
d) Middle old (75-85). Persons may be adapting to decline in speed of

Meets the qualification standard for Social Worker as defined in VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G, and Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration.

The GS-11 Social Worker is at the full performance level for Social Work. He/she has a master's degree in Social Work granted by a graduate program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is licensed or certified to independently practice social work, as well as a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Compressed/Flexible: Authorized at supervisors discretion.
Telework: Eligible.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized.
EDRP Authorized: Not authorized.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.
PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Keywords: Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, Oklahoma City , Caregiver Support Program Clinical Social Worker , Healthcare , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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