The Supervisory PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team) Social Worker serves in combined clinical and supervisory roles within the PACT/Primary Care areas at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. The Patient Aligned Care Team is a comprehensive team which delivers primary care to Veteran patients with a focus on prevention, health promotion and wellness, care coordination and chronic disease management. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Note: 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 Master of Social Work. Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. Experience: 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. Supervisory Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment and are experts in their specialized area of practice. Supervisory Social Workers may have certifications 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. 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 any additional assistance needed. 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. 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. Preferred Experience and Certifications Full independent licensure at the advanced practice level At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-39 Social Worker Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-0185-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching above shoulders, use of both hands and fingers, Walking (6 hrs); Standing (6 hrs); Repeated bending (2-4 hrs); operation of crane, truck, tractor or motor vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4, specific visual requirement (far vision 20/30), ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted), emotional and Mental Stability, sit for extended periods, performs independently, cognitive stability. ["The Supervisory Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker selected for this position must have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, especially in crisis intervention and working with an interdisciplinary team. They will be using short-term, solution focused counseling with individuals and families who may be in crisis as well as providing education and referral for resources and benefits, case management, and post-intervention follow-up. The Supervisory PACT Social Worker assesses for psychosocial problems, often at a time when the veteran is experiencing crisis and include the provision of short-term, solution-focused counseling with veterans and/or their family members/significant others. Referrals typically originate from members of the interdisciplinary team, from veterans and/or their family members/significant others coming as walk-ins to seek assistance, and from community professionals. Must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members. Able to assess functional acuity of the patient and provide appropriate interventions and use this assessment to help facilitate the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence. Must have an advanced level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and family members/caregivers in the Primary Care Clinic. Actively participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and family as well as team members in the development and implementation of treatment goals and interventions. Must possess knowledge and ability at the advance practice level to independently implement treatment modalities and evidence-based practices, provide educational classes, and supportive groups for Veterans and families, including shared medical appointments; must also be able to use and teach Veterans in the effective use of My Health eVet (MHV) system. Must possess supervisory skills that will provide necessary administrative, technical and clinical supervision needed to accomplish the work of the organizational unit such as: Setting priorities and making assignments according to the capabilities of employees; Setting performance standards and reviews work to determine acceptable levels of quality and quantity; Reporting workload data to the Chief and Assistant Chief of Social Work Services Observing employee performance and offers instruction, technical advice or counseling related to clinical and administrative issues Provides information feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance Develops work improvement plans and recommending necessary corrective personnel actions VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 52961F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial 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.