The Senior Social Worker will report to the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The PCMHI/SUD Social Worker provides services including high quality evaluation/assessment, case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages and referrals to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran as relates to their substance use, as well as other mild to moderate symptoms with which they present. 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. NOTE: This applies to current/past/upcoming VHA HPTs only. An HPT is an individual appointed to a temporary position in one or more VHA medical facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to satisfy program or degree requirements or receiving VA Health Professional Scholarship Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or Without Compensation (WOC). 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/. 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 Determinations: 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: 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. Reference: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 September 10, 2019 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary but also demands standing, walking, bending, twisting, and carrying light items. ["The PCMHI/SUD Social Worker will demonstrate effectiveness in assessing for problems or concerns unique to patient population status as military veterans while independently, or in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, family members, and significant others, arriving at a reasoned diagnosis of patient problems and needs. The goal of the assessment is to highlight the veteran's strengths, limitations, and internal/external supports and service needs to optimize the veteran's functional status. Particular focus of this position is to provision of brief interventions using time limited, evidence-based interventions to achieve concrete goals related to substance use, as well as other mild to moderate symptoms presented by the Veteran. The incumbent demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs, and age-associated illnesses and conditions. Duties include but not limited to: Applies principals of population-based care (defines role and identifies problems rapidly; Provides brief mental health and behavioral interventions (e.g., 1-5 sessions for broad range of concerns); Triages appropriately and efficiently to specialty mental health services; Routinely Consults with PCPs and other PACT team members about plan of care for patients; Integrates within primary care team and works closely in collaboration with PACT team; Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, as endorsed by supervisors; Completes required clinical and administrative documentation in a timely manner and in accord with governing regulations; Supervises students in accord with training program policies and accrediting agency requirements; Provides staff and student didactic training and consultation as requested in content areas of scholarly and/or clinical expertise; May participate in program evaluation and/or research activities; Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 667-00176-F\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.