Recruitment or Relocation Incentive May be Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidates The incumbent functions as an advanced, independent clinical Social Worker at one of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC'S) in Oklahoma and Wichita Falls, Texas. Direct supervision is not available on site therefore incumbent must use their professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans and their significant others/family members. 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. Have 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. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in termination of employment. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. Preferred Experience: None Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 (1) Experience/Education. The candidate 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. (2) 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. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (under 15 lbs); light carrying (under 15 lbs), reaching over shoulder; walking (4-6 hours per day), standing (up to 6 hours per day); near vision correctable to 13-16, far vision correctable in one year to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted). ["Duties include but are not limited tot the following: Develop an assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others. Incorporate complex multiple causation in the differential diagnosis and treatment. Provides individual, group and family psychotherapy and psychoeducational services, as well as advanced case management. Practice at an advanced, independent practice level and may receive training on various evidence based treatments. Develops the treatment plan, and setting achievable treatment goals with the veteran/family. Incumbent must also be able to determine those veterans in need of psychiatric hospitalization, those needing detox from various substances and those that may be better served on a medical floor. Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. Responsible for the guidance, training and orientation of clinical social workers, as well as providing clinical supervision for licensure. Work Schedule: Between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Irregular tours and/or Saturday work may be required.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker (General Mental Health)/PD00000 and PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates. Financial 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.