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 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 Qualifications: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. 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. Licensure. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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 Determination: GS-12 Social Worker (Program Coordinator) Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs." For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. http://www.va.gov/vapubs/ ["This announcement is open until filled. Qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring managers at least every 2 weeks. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized to highly qualified candidates\nEDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required The Social Worker works collaboratively with the Addictive Disorders Treatment Program as an extension of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) specialty program. The incumbent will have skills and expertise in the current treatment of substance use disorders. This includes providing SUD specific assessments and comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual and group psychotherapy. Additionally, the social worker will complete biopsychosocial and diagnostic assessment, provide clinical interventions for co-occurring mental health disorders, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy services, and the coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran. These Veterans are frequently homeless due to their SUD activities, so providing SUD treatment support and early intervention promotes recovery, improved quality of life and successful permanent housing. These Veterans are frequently also diagnosed with co-occurring mental health, physical health and social problems that require particular skill in early intervention and crisis management. Duties of the position include, but are not limited to: Provides direct SUD clinical services, case management, and outreach services for SSVF Grantees and Homeless Veterans. Services as the SUD specialist and provides training for other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team. Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of homeless Veterans and their significant others. Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnoses of SUD. Provides all necessary assessment functions, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial histories, and SUD assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans. Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran that address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework. Works with the Veteran to realize the Veteran's treatment goals and reassesses and revises goals as indicated by the Veteran's engagement in treatment. Organizes and conducts individual and group case management and SUD treatment, to include early interventions and supportive follow-up to ensure stability in home visits and facility-based contacts. Provides SUD support to the SSVF Grantee and Homeless Veterans as a functional member of this team, to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying other case managers on home visits. Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team. Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary ADTP treatment team. Develop partnerships with community agencies, especially those serving homeless and SUD Veterans, with regular contact and communication. Provide liaison services with other programs referring homeless Veterans to SSVF to ensure continuity of care and promote successful transition of Veterans from one program to another. Participate in policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning discussions with SSVF Grantees and Homeless Programs. - Will provide appropriate clinical documentation for all contacts with or about Veterans. Responsible for the collection of statistical data and for reviewing the data to improve performance and delivery of services to homeless Veterans. Provides recovery -oriented treatment with the goal of establishing the Veteran independently in the community at the Veteran's highest level of functioning and quality of life. Conduct and participate in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and \"on the streets.\" Skilled administrator of structured interviews and assessments with a wide variety of patient populations. Write policies, procedures and/or practice guidelines pertaining to homeless Veterans with SUD and co-occurring disorder histories and be expertly skilled in the recording of detailed behavioral observations and the writing of progress notes and reassessment reports. The incumbent may be required to work weekends, holidays and complete other duties as assigned. Travel within local community. Must maintain a valid unrestricted driver's license. Other duties as assigned by management."]
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