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Clinical Social Work Veterans Health Administration. Twenty First Century Employer of Choice. The Mission of VHA. To provide high quality medical care and rehabilitation to veterans. Conduct research and investigation of veteran’s diseases and disabilities.

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clinical social work veterans health administration

Clinical Social WorkVeterans Health Administration

Twenty First Century Employer of Choice

the mission of vha
The Mission of VHA
  • To provide high quality medical care and rehabilitation to veterans.
  • Conduct research and investigation of veteran’s diseases and disabilities.
  • Offer education and training to the nation’s health care workers.
  • Supply medical care to the Department of Defense inwar or national emergencies.
mission of va social work
Mission of VA Social Work
  • To eliminate psychosocial complications as barriers to healthcare access for veterans and families.
  • To develop and maintain integrated programs in patient care through research, education and prevention.

VA Social Work will provide the foremost leadership in the psychosocial care of veterans and their families.

  • To respect the dignity and worth of the veteran - upholding ethical standards of social work practice.
  • To advocate for changes that are responsive to veterans’ needs through use of community and VA resources.
  • To create a learning environment promoting new knowledge, clinical social work practice and administrative excellence.

We are committed to the psychosocial welfare of veterans and their families. We offer social work staff as our greatest resource.

clinical social workers
Clinical Social Workers
  • Crisis intervention
  • Group, family and individual therapies
  • Casework and other individualized treatment options
  • Interdisciplinary treatment coordination to maximize goals

The role of the clinical social worker is to help veterans & their families through the emotional, environmental, cultural, and economic pressures during times of need.

Social workers utilize:

history of vha social work
History of VHA Social Work
  • June 16, 1926, established the social work program in Veterans Bureau. First year staffing was 36 social workers.
  • Currently more than 3800 master’s prepared social workers are employed.
  • Social workers are assigned to most VA program areas.
  • Largest single agency that trains more than 600 social work graduate students each year!
va social work program involvement
Care Coordination

Mental Health & Behavioral Health

Community Based Programs

Primary Care

Geriatrics and Extended Care

Rehabilitation Programs

Medicine and Surgery Service

VA Social WorkProgram Involvement
va social work career benefits
VA Social Work Career Benefits
  • Generous leave and holidays
  • Health, life and long term care insurance plans
  • Excellent retirement plan
  • Mobility opportunities
  • CEU opportunities
additional benefits
Additional Benefits
  • Child Care Services
  • Employee Health & Wellness Programs
  • Employee Associations
  • Onsite dining facilities & credit unions
  • Mentoring programs
  • Free parking
  • Smoke free work place

Most VA facilities offer:

career opportunities
Career Opportunities
  • Clinical, Administrative and Executive Positions
  • Research
  • Social Work Student Instructor
  • Relationships with local School of Social Work Graduate Education Programs
  • Partnership with Community


succession planning opportunities
Succession Planning Opportunities
  • Social Work & VHA Mentoring Programs
  • National Social Work Committees
  • Career Advancement Training Programs
  • Leadership Training Programs
employee diversity special emphasis programs
Employee Diversity & Special Emphasis Programs
  • Asian American & Pacific Islanders
  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Native American
  • People with Disabilities
  • Federal Women
va social work application process
VA Social Work Application Process

Applicants maycontact the Social Work Executive Office at the facility of desired employment or the following websites:

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Clinical Social Worker

Visit us on the web at:

Developed by the National VA Social Work Public Relations Committee 2002

Updated 2004