Senior Social Worker - Mental Health PTSD Clinical Team
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Internal Number: 700598700
If you are a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11800046-23-ER. Serves as a Senior Social Worker on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinical Team (PCT) located on the North Little Rock campus. The PCT is an outpatient specialty mental health program that provides care to Veterans and Active Duty Service members who have been diagnosed with PTSD related to their military service. 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/. Preferred Experience: Good communication skills Interdisciplinary team experience Treatment planning skills Experience with providing psychotherapy services 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. Examples of creditable experience include but not limited to independently asses psychosocial functioning, facilitate treatment plan with interdisciplinary team using medical and mental health diagnoses knowledge, provide case management and care coordination, links patient with services, resources, and opportunities, conducts assessment of at-risk patient to identify immediate needs, provides interventions independently for patient and families/care giver, provide range of interventions and treatment modalities, and provide consultation to staff about psychosocial needs of patients. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. 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. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level). References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds), reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (2 hours), near vision (correctable), far vision (correctable), hearing (aid permitted) and mental and emotional stability. Environmental factors include outside and inside, and working closely with others. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services). ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU In this role, the incumbent is responsible for the provision of high quality mental health services. This position requires specialized knowledge and experience working with Veterans with PTSD and co-morbid mental health disorders. While the primary job duty involves providing evidenced-based PTSD specific psychotherapy services, the incumbent must routinely perform assessments to include psychiatric emergencies, suicide and homicide risk assessments and crisis intervention. The duties of the Senior Social Worker at the North Little Rock campus of the CAVHS include but not limited to: Clinical Functions: Independently performs: Screening, assessing, treatment planning, clinical care provision, and discharge planning at an advanced practice level. Program development within the PCT. Measurement-based care of Veterans as they move through the treatment process. Teaching and mentoring staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Independent treatment planning and provision of treatment services for those veterans assigned to his/her caseload. Identification of 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. The Senior Social Worker will be able to 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. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.