Senior Social Worker-ACCESS PSYCHOTHERAPIST/CARE COORDINATOR
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: White City, Oregon
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 709013100
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 to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level. English Language Proficiency - Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: 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 and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs Below: 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Reaching above shoulders; Use of fingers; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/0 and to 20/40 in the other; Specific visual requirement (see computer screen); Hearing (aid permitted. Environmental Factors: Working closely with others; Working alone. ["The Access Psychotherapist/Care Coordinator provides timely intervention, brief treatment, case/care coordination, and care transition support for Veterans as a member of the Access Team within the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) of the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC). Duties include, but are not limited to: Provides initial functional assessments of Veterans' mental health and substance abuse needs. Screens Veterans for risk of suicide or harm to others, and intervenes when indicated using evidence-based safety enhancement strategies. Provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary treatment planning, with focus on integrative treatment for Veterans with co-occurring addictions and mental health disorders. Provides time-limited individual and group psychotherapy for a full range of Veteran patients with diverse clinical needs. Provides Evidence-Based Psychotherapies appropriate to patients' needs. Provides evaluation and treatment through tele-health technologies, as clinically and administratively indicated. Assists Veterans in crisis, in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Team and others. Facilitates referrals for patients in crisis, when indicated. Monitors assigned Veterans closely, working with team to see that changes in status receive the indicated clinical attention. Documents care provided in CERNER, in full compliance with agency guidelines. Actively collaborates with other SATP and BHIP team members to assure seamless transitions in care, with attention to Veteran safety and continuity of care. Establishes and maintain networks, both within VA SORCC, local CBOC's, other VISN20 sites, and agencies within the White City catchment area. Actively collaborates with these agencies to support expeditious and seamless care transitions for Veterans new to the VA or to MH services. Maintains list of community, state, and national resources, organizations, and support groups that may constitute appropriate care providers or support agencies for Veterans new to MH services. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.