Social Worker Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary (BHIP)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: White City, Oregon, Oregon
Internal Number: 758497700
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. 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: Master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), or other master's in science in social work (MSSW), social service administration (MSSA), social service (MSS), social administration (MSA) or social welfare as accredited by the CSWE. You MUST have earned your degree by the time the job announcement closes. Those without the required master's degree will be disqualified. Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Exception: VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For those hired without a license, they will be required to obtain licensure within three (3) years of appointment. Grade Determinations: GS-9 REQUIREMENTS: None beyond the basic requirements. ANDThis is the entry level for social workers and is used for social workers with less than 1 year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA. GS-11 REQUIREMENTS: Experience: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.Licensure: For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree leve This is the full performance level for social workers. GS-11 Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA. REFERENCES: Qualification Standards VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 9 to 11. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), Light carrying (under 15 pounds), Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking and standing (4 hours), Both legs required, operation of crane, truck, tractor, or 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 20/40 in the other, Both eyes required, Hearing (aid may be permitted), Mental and emotional stability required. ["The Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary (BHIP) Social Worker provides Veteran-centered, recoveryoriented, and evidence-based care. The incumbent in this position functions as a Care Coordinator and is responsible for coordination and continuity of care for Veterans receiving services within BHIP. This position's care coordination practice, which includes psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, is focused on helping BHIP Veterans and their families maximize treatment potential and achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive emotional and social functioning. all care delivery is under a licensed provider's oversight and guidance. FUNCTIONS Screening/Assessment: Engages in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and follow-up. Fully utilizes the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices. Makes professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation. Makes appropriate referrals for individual, group, and family treatment services. Treatment Planning/Interventions: Utilizes a wide variety of individual, group, or family case management interventions. Treatment approaches include but are not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy, problem solving therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Establishes goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the Veteran utilizing shared decision making and evidence based practices. Crisis Management/Suicide Prevention: Conduct crisis management interventions with suicidal Veterans or Veterans in crisis, including conducting suicide risk assessments, referral to the appropriate level of care for continued behavioral health treatment, means reduction, and the development of crisis management safety plans with Veteran input. Will assist with coordinating the enhanced care which are required for a ninety day period or longer for patients on the facility high risk for suicide flag. Provide consultation/education to Veteran's treatment team and facility administration to determine initiation and maintenance of the patient record high risk for suicide flag. Responds to referrals from the VCL. Case Management: Serves as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) for assigned veterans and conducts the duties of this role. Effectively communicates with and utilizes community agencies to facilitate treatment, discharge planning, and continuity of care. Acts as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed. Addresses advance directives, guardianships, organ donations, and applications for home care and extended care services in accordance with the standards of their work area. Possesses knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Serves on an interdisciplinary team with focus on the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and relational functioning of individuals, groups and families and on the counseling approaches, strategies, and techniques that will best help Veterans function effectively. Complies with all electronic medical record documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper Veteran check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Maintains appropriate records and follow-up data on Veterans who are their responsibility. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all Veterans. Complies with peer review procedures. Participates as a member of VA SORCC committees as directed. Attends regular staff meetings, specific service line meetings, and MH Service Line meetings. Performs collateral duties as assigned. This position does not have collateral research obligations or supervisory responsibilities. ***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 Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. EDRP Authorized: Contact V20Compensationteam@va.gov, the EDRP team for questions/assistance. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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