This Job Opportunity Announcement will be used to fill one (1) Senior Social Worker Geriatic ED Coordinator GS 0185-12 position at the Atlanta VA Health Care System. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: a. 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). b. 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. c. 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. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. (1) Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least 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. (2) 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. (3) 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. (4) Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Senior social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior social workers 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 and complexity. The senior social worker may be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. The senior social worker 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. The senior social worker provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. They serve 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. This assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management. This 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.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). References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center and the community is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. May be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, their families, representatives of community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies. Must possess current driver's license and drive a government vehicle in carrying out professional duties when deemed necessary. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Duties may include (but are not limited to): The senior social worker provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. The incumbent may be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Assignments may include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. Conduct psychosocial assessments and make psychosocial diagnoses.- Conduct mental health assessments and provide psychotherapy for the amelioration of mental health conditions. - Develop psychosocial treatment plans with attention to age-specific needs/concerns. - Provide psychosocial interventions for individuals, groups and families. - Utilize standardized instruments in the assessment of mental health conditions. - Provide individual and group counseling. - Provide marital and family counseling. - Develop information and referral resources and services. - Develop community linkages and coordinate the clinical application of community services. - Provide admission and discharge planning services. - Provide care management and coordination services. - Document in computerized medical record. - Provide Veteran advocacy/Veteran rights services. - Provide psychosocial crisis intervention services, with adherence to High Risk protocol. - Provide Veteran and family education services. - Screen for substance abuse, tobacco use, depression, suicide risk, post- - traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), domestic violence/interpersonal violence, complete risk assessments, and provide treatment services. Demonstrate leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues. - Provide crisis oriented, brief, short-term, and long-term psychotherapy as an independent practitioner to Veterans, their significant others, and groups for the purpose of preventing, assessing, treating, ameliorating and resolving psychological dysfunction with the goal of maintaining and enhancing the mental, emotional, behavioral and social functioning of the Veteran and family. - Provide case management services in a specialized area of practice to Veterans who tend to have serious health, mental health needs and severe crisis may lack familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may fail to adhere to treatment, or have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support Teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice to provide supervision for licensure of for specialty certifications, to include but not limited to in-service education & continuing education presentations. - Provide subject matter consultation to care line managers, colleagues and students on Social Work qualification standards, practice standards, competency, productivity and continuing education. - Provide clinical supervision to those seeking advanced licensure based upon state regulations. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Telework: Ad-HOC Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:5296-F Senior Social Worker Coordinator Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): No Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.