Social Worker (Addictive Disorders Treatment Program)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 678500500
The Social Worker will, along with on-site psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, provide individual and group mental health care emphasizing the treatment of addictive disorders and co-occurring conditions. Services include provision of high-quality case management and clinical treatment via, family, individual, and group therapy. Social Worker - Total Reward$ of a VA Career Flyer 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. 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). NOTE: If social workers covered under the grandfathering provision of the 1991 Federal law regarding licensure or certification of VHA social workers leave the GS- 0185 social work series, they lose the grandfathering protection. If they choose to return at a later date to the GS-0185 series, they must be licensed or certified to qualify for employment as a social worker. Grade Determinations: GS-09: None beyond the basic requirements and the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. (b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. (c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. (d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. (e) Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. GS-11: Experience: A minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings. Duties may include but are not limited to: identifying behaviors or symptoms of abuse, neglect or exploitation; providing education on advance directives and advanced care planning; providing social work case management; acting as an advocate with appropriate VA and community service providers/agencies when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver; assessing the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members identifying the Veteran's strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and psychosocial acuity, in collaboration with the Veteran, family, and interdisciplinary treatment teams. OR Education. A doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. AND In addition to the experience and education above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Preferred Experience: 1) At Least one year of prior experience implementing cognitive-behaviorally based interventions for addictive disorders. 2) One year or more of prior experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team 3) One year or more of experience providing group interventions for addictive disorders 4) Previous experience working with military Veterans The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (Under 15 pound), Light Carrying, under 15 pounds, Hearing (aid permitted). ["Social Worker will provide psychosocial assessments, conduct risk assessments, and crisis intervention as needed. Duties will include, but are not necessarily limited to: Provide expert evidence-based assessment, diagnostic, and treatment services for Veterans with problems related to substance use or other addictive disorders. Provides motivational enhancement activities to prepare Veterans to participate in clinically appropriate care; Provide treatment/rehabilitation services for Veterans with a wide range of problems, including individual and group therapy, family/relationship counseling, and psychoeducation; Provide psychoeducational and treatment services to the families of Veterans with problems related to substance use, addictive disorders, and comorbid psychiatric conditions when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the Veteran and will allow better care for the Veteran. Provide evidenced based interventions for addictive and co-occurring disorders. Examples of these interventions include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Substance Use Disorders, CBT for depression, motivational enhancement therapy, prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, and 12-step facilitation. Serves as a Mental Health Treatment Coordinator for a panel of Veterans. Serves as an individual counselor for up to four Veterans enrolled in the residential component of the ADTP. May also offer time-limited evidenced-based psychotherapies to Veterans enrolled in the residential ADTP program. May assist in preparation of reports and proposals for program expansion/improvement as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Telework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\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.