Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior Social Workers typically practice in a major specialty treatment program area or program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. This position is assigned to the Behavioral Health Department. If you ARE a federal employee, apply to Announcement CBST-11937037-23-TB. 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. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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/. 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. 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. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level). Preferred Experience: 1. Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation. 2. Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/assessment. 3. Ability to use a wide variety of individual and group counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills 4. Ability to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices. 5. Must have Supervisory Certificate to qualify for a GS12. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds Reaching above shoulder Use of fingers Walking Standing Kneeling Repeated bending Both legs required operation of a motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Depth perception Hearing (aid permitted) ["Duties include but are not limited to: Performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs Possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, and provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families, and groups Conducts psychosocial assessments and develops treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran and/or family and with interdisciplinary treatment team Independently diagnoses Veterans according to the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or other recognized diagnostic manuals of mental disorders Acts as a subject matter expert and liaison with community agencies Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral to or from other VA programs, government programs, and community agency programs Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures Identifies high-risk patients and provides appropriate intervention case management services Provides crisis intervention services addressing the cause and presenting complaint Coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families Works independently with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems Knowledgeable and skilled in utilizing evidence-based practice to include individual, group, and family counseling techniques Provides consultation services to VA staff regarding the psychosocial needs of the Veterans and the impact of their problems on their health and adherence to their treatment plan Evaluates their own practice as well as their colleagues through professional peer review, case conferences, and other organizational means Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds Communicates and interacts with patients in a manner that considers cognitive, emotional, spiritual, cultural, and age factors Uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail Uses the Veterans Health Information and Technology Architecture (Vista) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System Documents independently in CPRS electronic medical records, including psychosocial assessments, diagnostics, treatment, progress notes, follow up and referrals Have general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service-connected compensation, and non-service-connected pension Facilitates referrals as needed Serves as a Social Work Service representative on Service and facility committees/work groups/task forces, and on community agency boards as assigned Work Schedule: Monday- Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 520-00003-FS Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized 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.