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. 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. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Preferred Experience: Knowledge in completion of biopsychosocial assessments. Ability to complete admission, case management and discharge planning to include making referrals for VA and community providers. Basic knowledge of eligibility in admission criteria and insurance regulations. Ability to work in a stressful environment with ability to adapt to change in schedule while maintaining professionalism and courtesy. Knowledge or experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team, providing clinical feedback to address the needs of Veteran/family. Ability to complete psychotherapy sessions with CLC Veterans when appropriate. Grade Determination: Senior Social Worker GS-12 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. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of 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. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Senior SW are licensed/certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior SWs typically practice in a major program area such as but not limited to: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope/complexity. May be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness/modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision; collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality. Provides leadership, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. Serves on committees, work groups and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services. Assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management. Assignment must represent substantial additional responsibility over and above that required at the full performance grade level and cannot be used as the full performance level of this occupation. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 Veterans Health Administration 09/20/2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting/carrying (under 15 pounds); standing (up to 1 hour); Operation of a motor vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; depth perception, hearing (aid may be permitted) cognitive, mental and emotional stability. ["Duties include, but are not limited to: Provides a vast array of professional services for the Community Living Center (CLC) and Veterans and their families, including clinical assessment, development of appropriate interventions, consultation and collaboration with the interdisciplinary team for treatment planning. Serves as the CLC admissions coordinator and participates in the screening evaluation process for all referrals. This role also functions as a liaison for the West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) for their referrals and admissions to the CLC. Performs the responsibilities as the admissions coordinator for the CLC. In this role, Social Worker is a member of the referral screening team and participates in the evaluation and decision-making process of accepting and/or denying CLC referrals. Records and tracks all referral and admission data for quality performance and improvement measuring purposes. As a professional, duties and responsibilities center on the care management of Veterans in the CLC. Uses a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans as they adjust to their stay at the CLC or transition to appropriate placement alternatives. Care management responsibilities include the management, coordination, and provision of social work and supportive services to Veterans and/or their families. Provides consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Manages and coordinates both the CLC resident and family/caregiver counsels. Responsible for contributing to the development of the treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals with the Veteran and family members/caregiver. The psychosocial assessment and minimum data set (MDS) assessment will be completed as specified by the policy for the assigned work area. Participate in weekly Interdisciplinary Treatment Team Meeting for treatment planning and provide updates related to psychosocial functioning and discharge. Subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. Collaborates with other service providers in assessing the Veteran's needs and educate the Veteran and family members on the available services and assist them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and acts as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver. Educates and encourages the Veteran to advocate on his/her own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Performs risk assessments and develop crisis intervention planning as clinically indicated. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer Veterans and family members/caregiver to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Reviews the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each Veteran admitted to the CLC. Educates the Veteran, their family members and the team of all resource options available to them and will collaborate with the Veteran and family members/caregiver on the preferred option. Provides the Veterans and their family members/caregiver with ongoing supportive counseling. Assists Veteran and their family members/caregiver in planning for discharge by offering appropriate options to the Veteran and family members/caregiver. Works with community partners and Adult Protective Services to ensure Veterans are discharged to safe home environments. Provides follow-up support for Veteran's recently discharged form the CLC to ensure all the needed services have been provided and prevent unnecessary rehospitalizations. Enters all Veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Manages and coordinates both the CLC resident and family/caregiver counsels. Attends all appropriate staff meetings. Collaborates in the performance improvement processes and comply with performance measures as required by the VA. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.