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 To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/30/2022. 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 have a master's degree in social work (MSW) 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. [Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are acceptable]. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. [Copy of License must be submitted at time of application]. Physical requirements: Meet physical requirements listed English: Proficiency in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: GS-12, Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB 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). 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) below: 1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. 2. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services. 3. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. 4. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings. 5. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. 6. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program. References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is G-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12 Physical Requirements: This position is mostly sedentary and requires walking, kneeling, bending, standing, and light lifting. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Senior Social Worker for whom this functional statement applies uses advanced training and expertise to provide independent specialized assessment and treatment of Veterans who have complex and severe medical and mental illnesses, including but not limited to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Substance Abuse, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cognitive Impairment Disorders, and Severe Mental Illness. The incumbent is skilled in providing independent and expert psychotherapeutic services to Veterans who tend to have serious psychosocial crises, lack familial and community support, be poor self-monitors, frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm\nTelework: ADHOC\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #:00000/Senior Social Worker\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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