Summary of Duties: The Veterinary Social Worker's (VSW) primary responsibility is to develop and maintain a social work program for Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) staff, students, and their clients. It is intended that the social work program become a robust program, providing services to assist and support clients of the hospital (families of pets); consultation regarding clients to veterinary staff in areas of quality of life and the end of life counseling to families of patients, and provide extensive resources about grief, euthanasia, and memorialization. In addition to developing support groups in areas of pet loss, grief, and caregivers of elderly or terminally ill pets, the Veterinary Social Worker will also provide supportive services, short-term interventions, psycho-educational programs and trainings for employees of the hospital. This position will educate students, staff and faculty on identifying and supporting clients who would benefit from Animal-Related Grief and Bereavement services.
The Veterinary Social Worker will work as a member of the WSUCVM Counseling and Wellness Team providing support, crisis intervention, grief education, referrals and resources in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This position will work with faculty, staff and students to support difficult decision-making, end-of-life care, euthanasia planning, and the grieving process. Conduct in-the-moment clinical teaching with senior veterinary students, house officers, hospital staff, and faculty during case management activities; conduct workshops, small-group learning, and clinical rounds on effective client support and communication skills; develop new education materials; and coordinate and deliver orientation training for senior veterinary students, interns & residents, new staff and faculty. The candidate will need to promote general wellness among students, staff, and faculty with an emphasis on well-being, compassion fatigue, and conflict management while also providing brief crisis intervention in the hospital setting.
Required Qualifications: Masters degree in human mental health field such as counseling, family therapy, social work, veterinary social work, or clinical psychology.
Possession of, or ability to independently obtain within six (6) month of hire, a State of Washington Social Work License.
Two (2) years of experience in professional counseling, social work, and/or clinical psychology.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to development and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external constituents.
Demonstrated ability to provide services to clients and staff in an emotionally intense, fast pace setting.
Experience developing and managing multiple programs and projects at one time. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Experience developing and presenting a variety of information and trainings in formal and informal settings.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.