Social Worker provides services to the veteran population enrolled at the Birmingham VA Medical center . Services include provisions of highly quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers and or agencies as needed by the client. 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. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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/. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board. GS -11 Social Worker candidates must have the following: Experience and Licensure: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one (1) year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR Education: In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one (1) year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. While we no longer require essay-style responses to our Knowledge's Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs), you must be able to demonstrate that you possess the (below) competencies which are necessary to perform the work of the position. Please ensure your resume/CV/application contains sufficient information to support the level of experience/education/training; otherwise, we will not be able to award you credit for the experience/education/training you claim. These are the KSA's for this subject position: At the GS-11 grade Level Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work requires use of fingers; moderate walking and standing; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in on eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing aid permitted; clear speech; emotional stability; moderate duty. Ability to drive government vehicle. ["Major Duties but are not limited to: Develop an assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, veteran , family members, and significant others. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to physical and psychological needs. Responsible for developing treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals with veteran and family. Conduct screenings, assessments , treatment planning, goal setting, and supportive counseling for patients via the Telehealth System located at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics as needed. Collaborate with the service providers in reassessing the needs of veterans . Educate the veteran and care giver of the available services and assist them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on veteran 's preference . Provide the veterans and care givers with ongoing supportive counseling. Understand the intimidation of bureaucracy and act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veterans and family. Make rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. Refer veteran and families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Determine strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services. Enter all veteran and family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. Establish and maintain positive working relationships with employees, volunteers , consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Effectively communicates with and utilizes community agencies to facilitate treatment , discharge planning, and continuity of care. Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team/Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) in an outpatient general mental health clinic. Provides a full range of consultation, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment services to veterans in a general mental health outpatient clinic. May be assigned to other programs within mental health service based on service need. Provide psychological assessments and evidence based individual / group psychotherapy Some weekends and/or nights may be required. Work Schedule: Multiple work schedules available\nCompressed/Flexible: Available\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker/ 521-FS-34\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.