The Care Coordination, Advocacy, Treatment, and Connections to Housing (CATCH) Senior Social Worker is assigned to the Newington CT Campus (VACT). This Senior Social Worker will consult within the HCHV and other departments at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and collaborates closely with the HCHV Programs and the Director of the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program, performing additional duties as assigned. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Note: 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 Master of Social Work. Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. Senior Social Worker GS-12 Experience: 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 and 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. 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. Preferred Experience: Community based experience. Experience working with clients with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Experience with homeless population. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-39 Social Worker Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: Must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. Applicants must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others. ["Duties include but are not limited to: Responsible for program coordination responsibilities with the High-Risk High-Cost Peer Specialist, the HUD-VASH Program staff, Grant and Per Diem liaisons and HCHV outreach social workers. Collects and submits participant data and the HOMES procedures on a regular basis and complete and comply with all HCHV and VA documentation and reporting requirements. Assists in planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures, developing individual or group goals and objectives as well as monitoring, operating, evaluating, coordinating, and overseeing the VANCHCS High Risk High Utilizers Program. Works with the Homeless Programs Director and staff to develop the High-Risk High Utilizers Program and outreach to VA and non-VA programs in the Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Social Work, and other relevant service lines for increased coordination of services. Collects and submits participant data and the HOMES procedures on a regular basis and complete and comply with all HCHV and VA documentation and reporting requirements. Participates in the Social Work 24-hour emergency on call coverage program as needed; providing telephone consultation or onsite social work intervention if the clinician evaluates that to be required. Supervises students in Social Work, Fellowships and other disciplines. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-430pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Telework: Position is not suitable Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: F05652 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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