SOCIAL WORKER (Substance Abuse):
Performs professional counseling and addiction medicine treatment in support of patients with an alcohol and substance abuse diagnosis. The incumbent handles cases that present multiple issues, and the need for more complex and Iong term treatment. Requires advanced knowledge of the principles, concepts, procedures, and practices associated with substance abuse. The work also requires advanced knowledge, skill, and ability to interview patients, analyze psychosocial data, develop clinical treatment plans, and provide consultation and training. Identification and Assessment Use a broad range of professional knowledge of advanced concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relevant to the substance abuse program and addiction medicine outpatient program to conduct comprehensive substance abuse treatment of patients. Conducts evaluations of Soldiers, family members, retirees, and eligible Federal civilian employees referred for consultation from the individual, family members, commanding officers, supervisors, agents of the courts, and medical personnel; counsels patients on primary and secondary illnesses; integrates information in clear and concise manner in order to formulate accurate diagnostic impressions consistent with established criteria and Joint Commission standards; makes clinical assessments to inform treatment decision making; advises commanders, supervisors, and referring providers as to patient's status, treatment needs, and prognosis where appropriate; performs analysis of data, develops findings, and tracks progress. Applies complex rehabilitation principles to conduct comprehensive substance use evaluations. Assesses primary and secondary problems to include behavioral health diagnosing. Applies regulatory guidance to meet program requirements. Collaborates with management/command officials to identify substance abuse issues. Collects data to evaluate treatment outcomes. Uses professional instruments to make assessments and evaluations. Counsels complex cases. Meets quality control goals and milestones. Treatment and Rehabilitation Holds primary case management responsibility for patients, using professional knowledge of outpatient and inpatient addiction medicine programs and alcohol and drug rehabilitation program concepts, principles, procedures, and practices and applies this knowledge to difficult and complex case assignments; develops new methods, approaches, or procedures to meet changing program requirements and patient needs; counsels patients on primary and secondary illnesses; prepares written findings and diagnoses in a detailed, clear, and concise manner; demonstrates knowledge and ability to make clinical assessments; prepares treatment plans that incorporate psychological theory and counseling techniques, and goals needed to restore patients to their normal work and social environment; provides strategic interventions, motivational interviewing techniques and crisis counseling for patients and families; provides family rehabilitation treatment services. Develops and implements comprehensive treatment plans. Conducts ongoing review of patient progress; evaluates and modifies treatment plans to meet changing needs. Uses specialized treatment techniques for amelioration of substance abuse. Provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Provides relapse prevention counseling. Provides crisis intervention counseling. Applies motivational interviewing strategies. Serves as consultant to managers/supervisors, commanders, medical personnel, and the extended garrison community concerning addictions medicine intensive outpatient programs and drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment. Develops therapeutic relationship with patients whose substance abuse and emotional problems vary in degrees of resistance to treatment, and in ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Case Management and Documentation Holds primary case management responsibility for implementing complex treatment plans, arranging for required services with other providers and/or outside resources as needed. Case management complexity is intensified by the fact that many of the patients are resistant, uncooperative and have co-occurring (primary and secondary) diagnoses requiring close coordination with other resources (ex., health care professionals, legal services, workplace representatives, commanders). Documents case findings, diagnoses, and recommendations in a clear and concise manner. Applies professional knowledge of intensive outpatient programs and rehabilitation program concepts, principles, procedures, and practices to difficult and complex case assignments, developing new strategies and procedures as needed. Performs qualitative and quantitative analyses of pertinent data for evaluation of patient progress and for purposes of program evaluation. Uses word-processing and data management tools, as necessary. Documents case records consistent with clinical standards of care. Conducts peer review of case records. Adheres to established formats. Maintains confidentiality of records. Collects data and submits reports in a timely manner. Consultation, Training and Education Develops and implements orientation and training for patients, medical staff, commanders and key unit personnel, supervisors, and in the community. May also provide training and/or supervision for graduate students, medical students, interns, and other healthcare professionals, using professional knowledge of general concepts, principles, procedures, and practices related to the addiction medicine outpatient and inpatient programs .. Provides instruction in areas of expertise, to include interviewing, communications, decision-making, problem-solving, and behavioral dynamics. Consults with commanders and supervisory personnel to improve identification and referral procedures. Develops and implements formal and informal training plans. Establishes instructional design of classes. Develops training evaluation criteria. Modifies training plans to accommodate changing target population and situations. Conducts formal and informal trainings. Ensures that all requirements for licensure and certification are maintained. ABOUT THE POSITION: Must be able to satisfy the requirements of the 26JUL12 DODI 1400.25 V1230, DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: Employment in Foreign Areas and Employee Return Rights. Visit http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140025v1230.pdf. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: RETURN RIGHTS: - Return rights are granted to civilian employees hired from stateside DoD activities to overseas positions per 10 U.S. Code § 1586 - Rotation of career-conditional and career employees assigned to duty outside the United States - Apply only to current employees recruited from non-foreign areas for employment outside of CONUS - Employees have return rights to their original position for five years and must exercise those return rights unless forfeited or formally extended. - Employees lose return rights when taking a new position outside of DOD or non-appropriated funds positions. - When an employee exercises their return rights they will be placed in the position they held prior to their assignment outside of the United States. - If the employee voluntarily stays overseas for longer than five years, they will forfeit their return rights. - If the employee voluntarily returns to a different position in CONUS, return rights are automatically forfeited. - Any employee who leaves government service automatically forfeits their return rights. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: ◦An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. ◦An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. ◦An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Army Medical Command does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.