Senior Social Worker- Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon, Oregon
Internal Number: 758496100
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. 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: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Senior Social Worker, GS-12: (1) 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. (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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. ["The Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) outpatient clinic provides general mental health services including medication management, evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy, mental health nursing, peer support specialist services, and medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. The patient population served by the Outpatient BHIP Clinic includes veterans with diagnoses of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and non-military related PTSD. Duties include but not limited to: a. Conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members. b. The incumbent will provide individual, family and group counseling. c. Participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. d. Provide same day mental health services, including crisis management. e. Consult/educate to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits. f. The incumbent will act as a consultant to other team/staff members. g. The incumbent will act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed. h. Provide case management to veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care. i. The incumbent will provide a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, case management and other services as appropriate. j. The incumbent will address Advance Directives and Organ Donation in accordance with the standards of their work area. k. The incumbent will provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate Patient/family support groups as appropriate. l. The incumbent will as appropriate, supervise the practice of social work students, or a less experienced social worker. m. The incumbent will coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for veterans. n. The incumbent will maintain data and statistical compilations to comply with JCAHO, VA and medical center policy and procedures. o. The incumbent will assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death. p. The incumbent will document social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing electronic medical record and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care. ***This is an Open and Continuous announcement and can be taken down at any time once a selection has been made. *** Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0800-1630 Telework: Available upon Supervisor approval. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. EDRP Authorized: Contact V20 Compensation Team @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov, for questions/assistance. 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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.