Senior Social Worker (Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Dallas, Texas
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 710831700
Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center Mental Health Clinic (SMHC) Senior Social Worker position provides case management, intervention support and psychotherapy in a team oriented and recovery-base program. The incumbent develops appropriate professional relationships with the Veteran and meets the Veteran where he or she is ready to engage in treatment. 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/. 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: 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. Preferred Experience: Case Management Mental Health Crisis Intervention Data collection, management and presentation Assessments and Evaluations Treatment Plans Supportive and psychotherapeutic therapies References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker, dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (15 pounds), straight pulling (1 hour), pushing (2 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking & standing (3 hours), repeated bending (1 hour), climbing, use of legs and arms, ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic and shades of colors, hearing (aid may be permitted), frequent keyboarding. ["The duties include but not limited to: The SMHC Senior Social Worker independently conducts intake and needs assessment of the Veteran, as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other. The SMHC Senior Social Worker performs psychiatric diagnosis per current DSM. The SMHC Senior Social Worker develops psychosocial assessments of the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members. The SMHC Senior Social Worker conducts assessment functions, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial assessments, mental health histories, and other assessments to aid in the development of comprehensive treatment plans. The SMHC Senior Social Worker works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to develop a treatment/care plan with the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other, based on assessments. The incumbent will via the use of the mental health recovery model framework, note psychosocial problems in the interdisciplinary treatment/care plan, addressing factors that contributed to the Veteran's decline in mental health and well-being. The incumbent will attend interdisciplinary care planning meetings. The incumbent provides ongoing assessments; updating of treatment/care plans is completed as appropriate. The incumbent works with the Veteran to promote adherence to the Veteran's self-determination of treatment goals with on-going reassessment and revision of goals as indicated by the Veteran. The incumbent addresses from a biopsychosocial holistic perspective, the unique and complex needs of the Veteran receiving services. DIVERSITY/INCLUSION STATEMENT FOR MH SERVICE RECRUITMENT: 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. Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday - Friday Telework: Not 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.