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. ***This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until August 4, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be March 30, 2023, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled.*** Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part). 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. GS-12, Senior Social Worker 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. AND 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. AND 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: 3 years of out patient social work experience. Exhibits leadership qualities Demonstrates to work independently or as a team member Demonstrates strong work ethic References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 Physical Requirements: This position provides direct services to patients and their families through casework. Incumbents must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Normal work of the position requires visual acuity (with the ability to read typewritten characters without strain, corrective lenses permitted), keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially moderate levels of lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds). The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["Provides direct services for adult & geriatric veterans & their families, assigned to PACT & HBPC. Assesses, plans, & provision of case management services in PACT & HBPC. Coordinates a variety of activities including outreach, interdisciplinary activities, psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, consultation/education to Health Care System staff & community based service providers, the collection & maintenance of statistical data, program planning evaluation & modification, & the supervision of students as assigned. Conducts work activity independently using educational training, clinical experience, VA policies, & Joint Commission standards in administering direct services: psychosocial assessment of patient/family needs in relation to the provision of interdisciplinary treatment planning & service delivery; individual, group, & family counseling & casework services. Collaborates with the other members of the PACT & HBPC team. Completes periodic program planning evaluations & reviews, & will recommend & implement new programs and/or modifications/expansion of existing programs. Conducts training for staff, students & community providers regarding PACT & HBPC issues. Provides education, information & liaison with resources for veterans in the community. Implements written treatment program policies & procedures developed by Social Work Service that are based on coherent empirical & theoretical rationale & are consistent with patient rights & the maintenance of comprehensive written patient progress notes, outcomes & discharge planning services in collaboration with the unit treatment team. Interviews veterans & their family members/significant others to establish facts presenting problems & their causes, & the impact of such problems on the veteran's functioning & health as part of a psychosocial assessment. Uses subjective & objective data in making clinical assessment of the veteran's needs. Serves veterans as inpatients or outpatients who often have severe crises, lack family or community supports, frequently fail to comply with instructions & treatment, or have significant deficits in coping skills & require continuing professional psychological support. Evaluates the client's situation, including the veteran's reaction & ability to deal with it, & arrives at a reasoned conclusion. Assesses at-risk factors & develops a preliminary disposition plan involving the veteran & family or significant others. Assesses serious & complicated cases involving psychiatric illness, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia & other high-risk diagnoses. Finds a suitable means of treatment to help veterans and/or significant others cope with stressful situations. Develops psychosocial treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, including goals for treatment. Participates in professional peer review, case conferences, or other organized means. Provides clinical services to veterans & family members/significant others in support of the veteran's treatment. Provides individual & group counseling services, including psychotherapy in some settings. Assists & encourages veterans & significant others in facing problems, considering alternative courses of action, & arriving at plans for using resources to resolve problems. Coordinates care & services with resources & service-lines in the community. Enters all veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats & templates. Maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers & stakeholders within the VA & outside agencies. Collaborates in the performance improvement processes & comply with performance measures as required by the VHA & for Social Work Service. Attends all meetings (weekly interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, Social Work staff meetings, assigned committees, etc.) Completes the continuing education hours need for maintaining Professional Licensure. Demonstrates professional behavior that conforms to VA regulations & policy, State & Federal laws, & ethical codes of appropriate professional social work accrediting organizations. Provides leadership guidance & consultation to staffs of teams/units to which assigned. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff & trainees & assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics & appropriate. Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces. Participates in leadership roles on local, state, & national professional organizations. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 55888-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Linda.Orchard@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.