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 must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 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. 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. Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 (1) Experience/Education- The candidate 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. (2) Licensure/Certification- 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. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)- In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all the following KSAs: (a) 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. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) 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. (d) 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. (e) 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. *Preferred Experience: Evidence-based PTSD and SUD interventions. (e.g., Prolonged Exposure, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, CBT-SUD and DBT). References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standards Physical Requirements: Must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies such as papers, books, or small parts. The incumbent must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others. The incumbent must be able to drive an automobile. This position also requires close visual acuity (near vision correctable at 13" to 16") to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and repetitive motions of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Use of fingers, both hands required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, hearing (aid permitted), and clear distinctive speech are all required. ["The Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP) Senior Social Worker at the Cheyenne VA Health Care System is assigned to the Mental Health Service operating 365 days a year with a maximum bed capacity for 10 veterans. The program is approximately 6 weeks in length and veterans may participate in evidence-based treatment for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Provides individual and group psychotherapy in addition to coordination of care including discharge planning. Participates on the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team and supports the MHSL training programs. Provides consultative services to other clinical and administrative staff, and to VA programs, focused on any aspect of the Veteran's care. Provides supportive consultation in the development and utilization of Medical Center and community resources. Acts as subject matter expert, consulting with providers of high-risk complex patients. Provides training to clinical and non-clinical staff in the Medical Center, Multi-Specialty Outpatient Clinics (MSOC's) and community about Evidence Based Practices, continuity of care, treatment options and resources. Provides services through the use of Tele-Mental Health/Tele-Home technology. Completes all mandatory training requirements expected of Cheyenne VA employees. Assists MHSL and facility in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs as needed. Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the Mental Health Director. Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services. Complies with national and local performance measures and clinical reminders, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Line Director (or designee), Discipline Executive, and facility leadership. Attends weekly Mental Health staff meetings and any other mandatory meetings regularly. Serves on Interdisciplinary Treatment Team(s). Provides clinical supervision and instruction for social work trainees and social workers pursuing advanced practice licensure. Work Schedule: Monday - Saturday Staggered Rotation, 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 54581-O\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Martha.Kimmel@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\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.