To provide specialty mental health treatment to Veterans enrolled for care at the Harrison, AR Community Based Outpatient Clinic. This includes providing a full range of biopsychosocial evaluation, basic psychological test administration, evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy, and treatment planning. This is accomplished in cooperation with other members of the Mental Health team and/or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Must posses a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure: Applicants must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Grade Determination Senior Social Worker GS-12: Licensure/Certification: Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Experience/Education: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. GS-11 KSA's include: Independently practice social work. Incumbents are assigned to all program areas, including but not limited to Provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area. Duties include but are not limited to Assessing and documenting identified behaviors or symptoms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or intimate partner violence Acts as an advocate with appropriate VA and community service providers and agencies when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver GS-12 KSA's: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). May be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality Providing leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. Serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level, or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services Preferred Experience: 3 years experience in a Mental Health setting. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 dated September 10, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Moderate carrying (15-44pounds),Light carrying (Under 15 pounds), Reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required ; walking (1-2 hours), standing (1-2 hours),Both legs required, Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far Vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Specific visual requirement(60+ peripheral bilateral ), Both eyes required, Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Specific Hearing Requirement ( Mental and emotional stability, able to hear whisper, or meet DOT/VA hearing requirement, Move head >45 degrees in both directions, FEVI>40 and no significant impairments, Adequate balance) ["Senior Social Worker will provide specialty mental health treatment to Veterans enrolled for care at the Harrison, AR Community Based Outpatient Clinic. This includes providing a full range of biopsychosocial evaluation, basic psychological test administration, evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy, and treatment planning. This is accomplished in cooperation with other members of the Mental Health team and/or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate. Individuals assigned as GS-12 social workers function at an advanced practice level. A GS-12 social worker has a Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) granted by a graduate program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and at least two years in an area of specialized social work practice. A GS-12 Social Worker is licensed at an advanced practice (independent) level in the state in which they are licensed. Duties performed include, but are not limited to the following: All clinical care will be documented in the current VA medical record system, and will comply with all current program, medical center, VA and accreditation body requirements for clinical and administrative record-keeping. The Senior Social Workers will also identify high-risk patients and provide comprehensive risk assessments and safety planning, to include crisis intervention appropriate for an outpatient setting or by making appropriate referrals to a higher level of care. The Senior Social Workers will, when clinically indicated, coordinate and communicate about care decisions with family members, caregivers and other health care providers in accordance with federal laws and veteran preferences. As a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team, the Senior Social Workers integrates assessment data and provides leadership in preparing and implementing the plan of care. The Senior Social Workers maintains a working relationship with the multidisciplinary treatment team. The Senior Social Workers develops and maintains working relationships with community mental health/social service agencies, agents of the criminal justice system, and other groups or individuals involved in the care of assigned patients. This may include non-VA community healthcare providers. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 564-00299-F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.