This is an open continuous announcement for all specialties within the Mental Health service for Social Workers. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: May be eligible for Ad Hoc. Virtual: This is Not a Virtual Position Functional Statement #:PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment/PCS Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required 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/. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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: Senior Social Worker- GS-12 Senior Social Workers 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. 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. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. 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. 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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. ["Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM): Outpatient community-based program designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful self-determined roles for Veterans with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. Plans of care are delivered in the Veteran's community of choice using evidence-based practices. Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC, locally known at the Veterans Recovery Center or VRC): Outpatient supportive transitional learning center designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful self- determined community roles for Veterans with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation (MHRRTP): Provides individual and group mental health care, coordinates mental health care and disposition planning, and provides treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. Duties include initial psychosocial assessments, clinical notes, and admissions and discharge planning and aftercare case management. Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP): Applies psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient issues. Knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention and behavioral health. Duties include provision of direct patient care, consultation services, education of staff and trainee supervision, May have openings in Women's clinic. Addiction Treatment Services (ATS): Duties include providing diagnostic interviews, assessments, group and individual psychotherapy including telemental-health, multidisciplinary consultation and treatment team participation, and community outreach. PCMHI (Primary Care-Mental Health Integration): Provides functional assessments, same-day consultations with Veterans and staff, and brief individual and group-based interventions for behavioral health conditions. Inpatient: Provide services on the acute inpatient psychiatry units. Services include provision of high-quality case management, discharge planning, group therapy, clinical treatment, motivational enhancement, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to family support and other appropriate VA or community service providers. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT): Duties include providing diagnostic interviews, assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, including Telemental-Health, for adult patients with trauma exposure across the lifespan. Training and experience in evidence-based trauma therapy is preferred, in particular Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)."]
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.