Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Health Services Officer Professional Advisory Committee

Discipline Specific Deployment Roles, Competencies and Trainings

The Social Work discipline specific roles with their competencies and related education and trainings requirements can be found below:


Force Health Protection

Force Health Protection
 

Competencies:

  • Perform needs assessments prior to and during deployment to ensure appropriate resources and personnel are deployed and relevant community connections are made.
  • Provide supportive counseling, groups and classes, resources to deployed officers
  • Provider prevention services and mental health surveillance to ensure healthy deployed force
  • Consult with leadership on morale and interventions to support the force
 

Trainings/Education/Experience:


Community Outreach

Community Outreach: Community outreach social workers coordinate services, particularly with federal and community-based agencies such as FEMA, Red Cross, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities to bring services and information about the availability of services to people in their homes or usual environments.
 

Competencies:

  • Assess affected population, paying attention to cultural relevance and create and develops presentations and educational material and/ or present on psychoeducational topics such as suicide prevention, traumatic grief, traumatic stress responses, stress reduction and coping mechanisms.
  • Focus on preventing service disruption during a disaster, particularly on vulnerable populations such as low-income, elderly and children by rapidly disseminating information in a public format
  • Provide Community networking and support
  • Development and distribution of educational materials
  • Conducts community needs assessments
 

Trainings/Education/Experience:


Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Social Worker: Focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, and other behavioral disturbances.
 

Competencies:

  • Conducts needs assessments to determine appropriate therapeutic intervention(s)
  • Conducts Psychosocial/ Mental Health Assessments, effectively utilizing Crisis Intervention
  • Conducts both Short term therapy and Grief counseling and employing Conflict resolution, when appropriate.
  • Performs detailed diagnosis and develop treatment plan / goals as needed
  • Continually assess physical / emotional needs and exercising cultural sensitivity
  • Assists disaster survivors and provide emotional support
  • Provides individual and group crisis intervention
  • Provide prevention services to at risk populations
  • Proficient in understanding of local and community resources
 

Trainings/Education/Experience:


Case Management

Case Management
 

Competencies:

  • Coordinate continuity of care by ensuring home healthcare is secured, follow-up appointments are made and connect patient with benefits such as Social Security, Medicaid, SNAP or assist people qualify for aid for home reconstruction and or replacement of material loss.
  • Find programs, resources and or services in a variety of settings, such as behavioral health clinics, hospital or primary care setting.
  • Provide visits in patient population’s homes, schools or place of employment
  • Proficiency in understanding social issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, physical, sexual and emotional abuse
 

Trainings/Education/Experience:

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