The Senior Social Worker is a member of the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences (MHBS) Service Line of the Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System (NAVAHCS), located at the NAVAHCS Prescott, Arizona Domiciliary and serves as a clinical expert in the area of Serious Mental Illness (SMI) or Substance Abuse. The incumbent's primary responsibilities are to provide expert clinical services in mental health with an expertise in serious mental illness, to include PTSD, or Substance Abuse. 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. [Transcripts, official or unofficial showing conferral date, must be submitted at time of application must] Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed 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. [A copy of current license showing date of issuance and expiration must be submitted with application] English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for this position. Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience/Education. Applicant 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, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. 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. 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. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 Veterans Health Administration. Physical Requirements: Involve active listening, reading, observing and evaluating verbal and nonverbal behavior, walking, speaking, writing reports, writing policies and procedures, writing clinical notes, using office equipment such as computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopy machines and traveling throughout the catchment. ["The Senior Social Worker provides clinical consultation which includes comprehensive psychodiagnostics assessments and evidence-based interventions (individual, group and family psychotherapy). The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Provides expert mental health assessment and psychotherapy services for Veterans, ensuring compliance with Veterans Health Administration (VHA), NAVAHCS and VA Mental Health initiatives. Advises and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams throughout NAVAHCS and other relevant VA facilities regarding psychiatrically and medically complex and/or high-risk Veterans. Documents services provided in a comprehensive and timely manner consistent with VHA, Joint Commission and Social Work standards. Provides referrals to VA mental health, medical and other services (e.g., Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Homeless programs, Inpatient psychiatric treatment, Home Based Primary Care), as well as other community resources, services, and programs. Serves as a consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes Veterans, their families and caregivers encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Serves as a social worker liaison between the VA and community agencies within the NAVAHCS catchment area. Assists in data monitoring to measure the efficacy of the mental health services to the Domiciliary and in reporting this information to Mental Health Behavioral Science (MHBS), NAVAHCS and VA Central Office (VACO). Evaluates program progress and outcomes and utilizes data to continuously modify and improve mental health services to Veterans within NAVAHCS. Serves as the clinical lead for their designated treatment team, providing consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, educate and provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Work Schedule: Various tours which can include holidays and weekends Compressed/Flexible: Available after completing at least 90 days continuous service Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Senior Social Worker / 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: A Relocation/Recruitment Incentive (bonus) of $20,000 is authorized, based on current VA rules, regulations and policies as appropriate. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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