This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more **This announcement will be open until filled. The first round cutoff date will be 1/10/2022 and bi-weekly after that.** To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2022. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens. English Language Proficiency: Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: 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. (COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION PACKET) 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/. 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. Certification: Must provide verification of training or certification sufficient to provide clinical supervision to unlicensed social workers (copy of certification required; in CA, 15 hours is required). SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: The candidate must have at least two years 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 and have completed training in order to provide clinical supervision to unlicensed social workers (copy of certification required). Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment and 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. (EVIDENCE OF THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE DOCUMENTED IN YOUR RESUME). In addition to meeting the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below. 1. 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. 2. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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 Social Worker, available in local VA Human Resource Offices. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities: light lifting under 15 pound, light carrying under 15 pounds, use of fingers, walking and standing up to 8 hours, and operation of motor vehicle. Environmental Factors: Constant noise, working around moving objects or vehicles, working closely with others, and working alone. ["Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 4:00pm\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nTelework: Not eligible\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required The Social Worker serves as a core member of the interdisciplinary Hospital in Home (HIH) treatment team which is a specialized program under the administration of the Medicine Service. The Senior Social Worker must work independently without access to social work supervision to provide expert level psychosocial interventions and services to veterans with complex medical, social and behavioral conditions in which routine clinic-based care is not effective. Patients served in the HIH Program are those who require intensive monitoring and medication adjustment due to exacerbation of CHF, COPD, diabetes or other medical issues that may require hospital level of care to be provided in the comfort of their own home. The Veteran is managed in the home by an interdisciplinary team as opposed to being admitted to hospital. Incumbent utilizes advanced practice skills, knowledge and judgment in developing and measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services and utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Coordination of specialized psychosocial services and programs are also provided. The Incumbent will also provide social work assessment and interventions to veterans hospitalized on acute care units at the Sierra Nevada VA Hospital. Special attention will be provided to high risk and vulnerable populations who have frequent Emergency Department visits, hospitalizations and/or are at increased risk for readmission due to social or medical circumstances. The Social Worker must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with highly complex Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must work independently with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, financial, legal and psychosocial problems. Interventions are primarily in the veteran's home and demand a high amount of drive time. Multiple visits per week may be made to the Veteran as needed. The Social Worker practices at the advance level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to terminal, acute or chronically ill patients. Incumbent is required to have a minimum of two years specialized experience working with this population, and licensed or holds certification in a state at the advanced practice level. Duties of the position include, but are not limited to: Independently provide a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and integrates it into an overall plan of care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members, and significant others whenever possible. Complete all applicable clinical reminders. The incumbent will attend weekly interdisciplinary care planning meetings. Address the unique needs of veterans with acute medical exacerbations. Possess a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. Collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs for non-institutional, institutional services/programs and entitlements. Responsible for educating the veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Responsible for developing a resource file of VA and community social service programs and will refer the veteran to needed services. The incumbent is able to coordinate community-based services from other VA programs, government programs and community agency programs. Facilitates and prioritizes referrals based upon veterans needs and eligibility. Be available to assist the medical and surgical inpatient and outpatient health care team via consultation with or without direct patient contact about indications for social work referral; possible psychosocial aspects and intervention methods for coping with progressive, debilitating illness; psychosocial stressors and interventions related to non-compliance due to inadequate psychosocial support; health care and future placement planning; interventions related to capacity and guardianship needs; caregiver stress and support; and financial benefits. Act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. Educate and encourage the veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Provide the veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. Other duties as assigned by management."]
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.