Highly skilled and empathetic Clinical Social Worker with more than 12 years providing individual, group, and community services to multiple demographic and generational groups. Past work has included managing social work services, planning, development, and implementation of programs within the federal government system. Trained and mentored social work graduate students and developed education programs for training needs. Active listener with a knack for building lasting professional relationships.
Provided intensive social work case management services for a complex caseload of 30+ veterans in the HUD-VASH program within a rural population.
Collaborate with interdisciplinary treatment team and primary care providers at CRRC, Denver VA Medical Center, and community agencies to develop and implement effective treatment plans.
Utilize motivational interviewing and evidence based treatment practice to promote patient participation with preventive care, treatment of medical conditions, substance use and dependence, and other mental health conditions.
Perform therapeutic interventions including crisis intervention, brief solution therapy, comprehensive individual psychotherapy, group and family psychotherapy, cognitive processing therapy and medical psychotherapeutic techniques for the acquisition of skills for self-care/management.
Involved in CRS leadership at the PVAMC; which included evaluating and advising on the organization, methods, and procedure for HUD-VASH policies, plans, guidelines, and proposals within the HUD-VASH PVAMC program.
Collect and submit statistical data as outlined by NEPEC (HOMES) evaluation procedures.
Ensured HUD-VASH action items, suspense and special projects are completed in assigned timeframe.Provided intensive social work case management services for a complex caseload of 30+ veterans in the HUD-VASH program within a rural population.Developed bio-psychosocial assessments for patients experiencing mental health conditions, substance abuse issues, chronic or debilitating illnesses, combat casualties, homelessness, family difficulties, and financial and social stressors.Collaborate with interdisciplinary treatment team and primary care providers at Bend CBOC, Portland VA Medical Center, and community agencies to develop and implement effective treatment plans.Utilize motivational interviewing and evidence based treatment practice to promote patient participation with preventive care, treatment of medical conditions, substance use and dependence, and other mental health conditions.Perform therapeutic interventions including crisis intervention, brief solution therapy, comprehensive individual psychotherapy, group and family psychotherapy, cognitive processing therapy and medical psychotherapeutic techniques for the acquisition of skills for self-care/management.
Used DSM-V criteria for diagnosing patients and document care in medical chart using CPRS within 24 hours of service.
Provided outreach services to engage chronically homeless population throughout the rural communities.
Developed, implemented, and sustained a HUD-VASH walk-in housing clinic for social work services for all veteran populations regardless of eligibility.
Developed, and implemented a weekly HUD-VASH men's and women's group.
Groups engaged in community service projects with community partners.
Partnered and referred all veteran populations' sets to all federal, state, and community resources; developed, maintained and distributed VA Bend resource guide to VA providers, community partners, and veterans.
Assisted with interview process for social work hire for Bend HUD-VASH Coordinator.
Assisting with Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation for the PVAMC HUD-VASH program.
Provided case management of seriously injured and transitioning OEF/OIF/OND veterans.
Served as advocate and point of contact to ensure seamless transition between the Department of Defense (DOD) and VA care.
Continually assessing the need for a change in care management services and adjusting the level of intervention as appropriate based on the medical and psychosocial needs of the Veteran and the needs of the Veteran's immediate family members.
Assisted with the development and implementation of case management assessment tools providing a standardized template for psychosocial assessments of OEF/OIF/OND veterans within the PVAMC program.
Assisted with developing the policies and procedures for the PVAMC social work case management structure.
Participated in the development and implementation of the case management tracking system used at the Medical Center.Developed and implemented women's post deployment clinic and assisted with implementation of MST information delivered at the PVAMC.
Developed and implemented family support group for OEF/OIF families at the PVAMC.
Developed the social work component for the PDHC clinics and implemented clinics thought out CBOC's at the PVAMC; including Vancouver, Hillsboro, West Linn, Bend, and Women's clinic.
Trained PVAMC providers, psychologist, and social workers in the PDHC best practices and clinic processes.
Implemented interdisciplinary meetings at PDHC's to assist with the customized approach of care coordination.
Managed TBI tracking system; ensuring all OEF and OIF service members and Veterans were screened in PVAMC catchment area.
Developed and maintained effective partnerships throughout the VA facility, Vet Center, and VBA, as well state and community providers to educate and assist with OEF/OIF/OND needs.
Collaborated with OEF/OIF/OND program manager to setup appropriate stop code and stop code pairs for setting up clinics based on their care management program.
Assisted with OEF/OIF/OND staff training for implementing correct policies and procedures for PVAMC veterans.
Supervised MSW student during PDHC's.
Documented in accordance with the Joint Commission standards, guidelines accepted professional social work and nursing standards of practice, and local facility policy.
Assisted with the PVAMC implementation of CMTRA; the national care management electronic database which tracks severely injured and ill service members and Veterans.
Oregon Clinical Social Work License L4070
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