Clinical Social Work
Welcome to the Clinical Social Work Department at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute! We are a dynamic group of mental health professionals with training in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of individuals suffering from severe mental illness. Clinical social workers are skilled in helping individuals navigate their specific needs and facilitating personal growth and development. Our social workers are all Master’s level graduates of accredited schools of Social Work from across the United States. We coordinate with George Mason University, as well as other universities, for MSW internship/field placement opportunities. The Clinical Social Work Department promotes Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in which clinical social workers combine well-researched interventions with clinical experience and ethics, in addition to individual preferences and cultural practices to guide and inform the delivery of core treatments and services which promote timely discharge planning. The clinical social workers at NVMHI help people overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges: poverty, discrimination, trauma, addiction, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and the impact of these stressors in collaboration with an individuals’ mental illness.
Clinical Social Workers
- Develop, implement and maintain individualized treatment plans for clients.
- Serve as members of interdisciplinary teams and provide linkages with families/significant others and community agencies.
- Assess the psychosocial needs of the patients and their support system, and, based on the assessments, provide treatment which facilitates the discharge of patients at their highest level of functioning.
- Provide social work services to support the recovery of individuals with serious mental illness (see below).
Active Treatment Group therapy has many advantages. Group members often develop a common bond and affirm one another’s feelings. Group members no longer feel isolated and alone. They feel supported by others who share similar experiences.
- DBT Skill Building/Coping with Life
- Making Peace with Traumatic Pasts
- WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)
- Mental Health in Hollywood
- Coping with Stress/Relaxation Techniques
- Get Me Outta Here (discharge Issues)
- NGRI Risk Factors group
- Thoughts and Feelings (offered for Spanish-speaking individuals)
- Treatment and Support
Other Social Work Interventions
- Supportive counseling, individual therapy, and facilitating family meetings.
- Providing evidence-based treatment and trauma-informed care interventions.
- Outreach regarding community reintegration, i.e. Social security, Medicare Part D enrollment, any needed DMV services, arrange participation at the Laurie Mitchell Employment Center and/or day programs, and other services that support a successful transition to the community.
- Collaborating continuity of care with the five Community Service Boards (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William County).
MissionThe Clinical Social Work Department supports the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute's mission by providing social work services to support the recovery of individuals with serious mental illness.
VisionThrough partnership with other Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute departments, our consumers, their families, and community service providers, the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Clinical Social Work Department will become an exemplary department for those who need and those who provide our services.
ValuesIndividual Centered Quality Services........Teamwork.......Respect
Director of Social Work and AdmissionsAndrea Lankford, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work