Senior Social Worker (Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Tyler, Texas
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 710391400
The Primary Purpose of the Position is: Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery (ICMHR) is a program that provides clinical Community-based intensive case management services to Veteran who are living with severe mental illness (SMI), severe functional impairment, and high impatient mental health unit utilization, in coordination with existing community and VA services. Basic Requirements: 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/. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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). Preferred Experience: ICMHR ERANGE Senior Social Worker Social Work Experience Case Management Experience Mental Health Experience Working With Clients Living with Serious Mental Illness Experience Working With Clients in the Community and in the Clients Home Experience Providing Counseling and Psychotherapy to Clients Experience 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, the candidate 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Appendix G39 dated September 10, 2019.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS12. Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (20 - 11 lbs. occasionally; 10 lbs. or less frequently); Light Carrying (20 - 11 lbs. occasionally; 10 lbs. or less frequently); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); Sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Correctable near sited and far sited Vision; Hearing (aid permitted). ["The Mental Health Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System values cultural diversity across our staff and training programs. Mental Health Service leaders are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. Our staff represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, competencies, interests, and theoretical orientations. We believe that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other viewpoints and cultures makes our service stronger and strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality of mental health care. The Senior Social Worker supports the ICMHR Program by providing intensive case management, psychotherapy engagement and ensuring continuity of care. The Senior Social Worker provides on-going use of case management and psychotherapy interventions to promote sustained mental health stabilization. The Senior Social Worker is an expert at the community mental health resources and available to assist all ICMHR staff and Veterans who are receiving care from the ICMHR Team by linking them to supportive resources found within Veterans Affairs and the community at large. Major Duties: Incumbent performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness as it relates to mental health illness, severe mental health illness and comorbid substance use disorders. Incumbent incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of Veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved scope of practice. Incumbent has the ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs of mental health, severe mental health, substance use disorders and comorbid. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program. Incumbent develops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services, utilizing outcome evaluations and use of evidence-based treatment modalities that are effective with Veterans who struggle with mental health illness, severe mental health illness, comorbid and substance use disorders along with medically and psychiatrically complex conditions. The incumbent independently conducts comprehensive assessments and develops treatment plans in collaboration with Veteran, family, and interdisciplinary treatment team. The incumbent will monitor e-consults, complete assessments, and make recommendations to the ICMHR Team in addition to provide direct clinical care to Veterans struggling with mental health illness, severe mental health illness, substance use disorder and comorbid concerns. Incumbent routinely participates in ICMHR team meetings related to Veterans enrolled in mental health programs to ensure good transitions of care for population served. The incumbent develops and provides ongoing training and in-services to multidisciplinary team members in area of expertise. The incumbent develops effective and strong relationships with community resources to ensure continuity of care and to promote successful transitions of services. Incumbent has advanced skills in community partnership building and is able to expertly represent the VANTHCS. Incumbent provides follow up with Veterans who fail to attend appointments, per local procedures, and consults with Suicide Prevention Coordinator or member of Suicide Risk Reduction Committee or direct supervisor as needed to ensure the safety and welfare of all Veterans. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized 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.