Here at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), we are passionate about our mission of “Serving Those Who Served.” As a national leader in our advocacy for more than 500,000 veterans and their family members, we strive to connect them to earned benefits as well as innovative programs focused on their overall health and wellness. In addition, we provide critical community services through a variety of programs, and at our four State Veterans Homes located in Orting, Port Orchard, Spokane, and Walla Walla. These locations provide Medicare and Medicaid nursing home care to honorably discharged veterans, including, in some instances, their spouses, widows, or Gold Star.
We are in need of an on-call Psychiatric Social Worker 2 for our Spokane Veterans Home. In this role, you'll provide medically related social services to veterans and spouses to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental, and psychosocial wellbeing of each veteran. You'll also ensure that veterans at the Spokane Veterans Home receive the behavioral and social interventions needed to enhance their quality of life.
If you want to make a difference in healing the seen and unseen wounds of veterans and provide them with quality care, then we encourage you to join our team by applying now!
Some of what you'll enjoy doing includes:
- Conducting interviews for ongoing assessment and treatment with focus on the resident's cognitive, mood, psychosocial and behavioral status.
- Completing psychosocial assessments and making referrals to the appropriate medical provider.
- Providing crisis intervention as needed.
- Monitoring, tracking and reporting on resident and family complaint and grievance; completing documentation in accordance with state and federal regulations.
- Conducting assessments, 1 on 1 visits, phone calls, care conferences and discharge planning.
- Providing brief therapy and coordinating counseling for residents and families.
- Developing behavior plans; preparing reports for behavior team and making recommendations.
- Providing in-service education to staff as required by regulation and as needed.
- Bachelor's degree in Social Work. (Must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education).
- Three (3) years of experience providing care for individuals with chronic mental health issues, dementia, or intellectual and developmental disabilities in a long-term care or behavioral health care setting.
- Current valid licensure in the State of WA for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Must have advanced practice knowledge in aging, disability, mental illness, Alzheimer’s disease, and developmental disabilities.
- Excellent facilitation skills with the ability to focus and direct group discussions.
- Strong analytical and clinical skills and long term care knowledge, including regulatory requirements.
- Consulting skills – ability to partner with residents, families and other providers and care team to identify and service resident care needs.
- Willingness to champion resident-centered care concept and principles.
- Current valid licensure in the State of WA for Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW), Licensed Social Worker Associate and Independent Clinical (LSWAIC) or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).
- Received specialized training devoted to mental illness and treatment of older adults.
- Experience in the care of geriatric population and dementia care.
- Knowledge of medical conditions/diagnoses in relationship to psychosocial wellbeing.
- Knowledge of categories of psychoactive medication and side effect profiles.
- Working knowledge of federal tags, WAC’s, etc.
- Knowledge of veterans’ issues/PTSD/resources.
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The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.
Please include the following documents with your application:
1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
Finalists will be asked to provide a list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.
- Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation.
- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
- Must comply with health screening requirements by undergoing a tuberculosis skin test.
- Positions requiring travel must have a valid unrestricted driver's license and must be insured if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.