Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Senior Social Worker in Branson, Missouri
Summary If you are not a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11138538-21-ER. The position at the Branson Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBO) provides specialty mental health treatment to Veterans enrolled for care in the General Mental Health Program. This includes providing a full range of biopsychosocial evaluation, basic psychological test administration, evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy, and treatment planning. Responsibilities The duties of the Senior Social Worker include but not limited to: provide specialized evidence-based treatment to Veterans enrolled in the General Mental Health Program. The population served may lack familial and community support, be poor self-monitors, have difficulty adhering to recommended treatment due to the nature of their mental illness or other psychosocial barriers, and may have major deficits in coping skills and require intensive professional psychological support. Functions as a licensed independent provider of mental health services. The Advanced Practice Social Worker will conduct full psychosocial diagnostic evaluations using the DSM-V. The Advanced Practice Social Worker is primarily responsible for screening, assessing, treatment planning, clinical care provision, and discharge planning at an advanced practice level. Represents the social work profession and perspective on a multidisciplinary team that may include other social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other disciplines. Provide and maintain expertise regarding VA and community psychosocial resources. Participate in program development within their assigned program including community outreach. Participate in tracking the care of Veterans as they move through the treatment process. The Social Worker will also be involved in measuring treatment outcomes through the use of testing and other measures. Utilize outcome evaluations to further treatment and design system changes based on empirical findings. Responsible for participating in clinical program development and is accountable to clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. This may include partnering with local universities, community colleges, and other agencies to improve the delivery of mental health services and increase utilization. Work in conjunction with the Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator for any Veterans they are treating who are enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court, assuring timely documentation and thorough treatment planning. Work in conjunction with the other disciplines to partner in the care of Veterans with complex biopsychosocial needs. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Responsible for the independent planning and provision of treatment services for those veterans assigned to his/her case-management. Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides safety planning, crisis intervention, coordinates staffing with other team members and/or family conferences when clinically indicated. Maintain a thorough knowledge of residential programs and other VA resources that specifically serve the Veteran population they are working with. Identify Veterans in need of a higher level of care and work with the admissions personnel of residential programs within the VA or community to secure treatment for Veterans. Serve as a resource and point of contact throughout the facility for the mental health needs of Veterans. Serves in a liaison capacity, arranging referral of veteran for adjunctive diagnostic treatment, and ancillary services within the VHSO, VHA and community-based agencies and organizations as required. Participate in the development of a plan of care for each patient assigned, with measurable goals outlined, based on relevant psychological, medical and psychiatric treatment information. Possess a general understanding of medication effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Meet the needs of Veterans while supporting the VA mission. This includes consistently communicating and treating Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff, in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provide Veterans and their families with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Keep thorough and complete records of their encounters with Veterans in the computerized record system (CPRS). . Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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/. 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). Preferred Experience: Two years experience in a specialized area of practice (psychotherapy), proficiency in Evidence based treatment for MH conditions, capability to conduct biopsychosocial evaluations and make diagnoses, worked in multi-disciplinary team environments, competency in case management, competency in measurement-based care, competency in risk management and safety planning, familiarity working with adult populations (age 18+), ability to use office automation software, and ability to communicate effectively. Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience and 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard dated September 10, 2019. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. In addition, you are subject to additional medical requirements that involve federal motor vehicle operation. The candidate selected may need to successfully complete a preemployment examination prior to appointment. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services). Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.